Kerry faults Bush in flu shot shortage President, in turn, says senator won't keep nation safe Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Washington Post Sunday, October 17, 2004 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/17/MNGQ89B8DK1.DTL Xenia, Ohio -- The presidential candidates spread messages of anxiety in Ohio and Florida on Saturday, with Sen. John Kerry accusing President Bush of putting American lives at risk by failing to prevent a flu vaccine shortage and Bush again saying his Democratic opponent cannot be trusted to protect the country from terrorists. Speaking at a packed rally in a high school gym in Xenia, Kerry told Ohioans that Bush is to blame for the loss of half the nation's expected vaccine inventory for this flu season. He said the administration has forced health officials to make life-and-death decisions in dispensing dangerously tight supplies. "We've got people standing in lines for hours on end -- some of them in their 70s and 80s -- hoping to be among the lucky ones," Kerry told the crowd. "And every day, our health care workers struggle to make what could be life-or-death decisions as to who is going to get a shot."