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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The number of doses of H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine allocated to Kentucky has doubled in the last week, but demand still far outstrips supply.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says Kentucky has been allocated 342-thousand doses, and 215-thousand doses have been shipped.

“Even though we’ve doubled the number of doses that are potentially available, many of those will be coming next week,” says Humbaugh. “Just because they’ve been allocated, it takes awhile for the health departments to order, and then for them to receive their shipments, but many will be coming next week.”

Humbaugh says more than half of the doses will be the injectible form of the vaccine.

To date, at least 14 Kentuckians have died from swine flu. The latest victims were in Knox, Hardin, McCreary and Madison counties. Two were females and two were males. Two were in their 30’s and two were in their 50’s.