updated 9/6/2009 2:33:46 PM ET 2009-09-06T18:33:46

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says his kids are going to get the swine flu vaccine when it's available.

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Dr. Thomas Frieden says health officials have "very high confidence" in the safety of the vaccine. He says it's a vaccine that's being made in the same way that the flu vaccine is made each year — except that it's a new strain.

Vaccine development is continuing and the vaccine is likely to be available by October.

Frieden also says that with schools and colleges back in session, officials are seeing a fair amount of the flu already — and he says it's unusual that it has continued to occur over the summer.

The CDC chief spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

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