Nine people have contracted the flu at a Manhattan nursing home in the city's first outbreak since the national vaccine shortage was announced, health officials said.
Other residents at the nursing home -- which was not named -- were given immunizations and the outbreak was not expected to spread, Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said.
He said two-thirds of the city's nursing homes, which house 46,000 people, did not have any vaccine because they had ordered doses from Chiron Corp., which was unable to provide 48 million shots this year because of contamination at its factory.
"Nursing home residents and staff will be among the highest priority groups to receive vaccine when more arrives," Frieden said.
Meanwhile, flu shots for thousands of high-risk residents at public clinics and nursing homes have been suspended across the region, as officials await word from the federal government on whether they will get new shipments of the vaccine.