Dy’er Sez: Again, let’s remember that this vaccine has not been tested (and won’t be fully tested due to time constraint) but the government has already ordered hundreds of millions of doses with tax payer dollar. Also, let’s not forget that when a vaccine is put on the government’s ‘recommended’ list (like the school schedule for children) you CANNOT sue the vaccine manufactures if and damage (or death) is suffered by receiving the shot.
Story from the Washingtion Post:
Students 1st in Line For Flu Vaccine
Mass Campaign Against Pandemic May Begin in Fall
By David Brown and Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writers
School-age children will be a key target population for a pandemic flu vaccine in the fall, and they may be vaccinated at school in a mass campaign not seen since the polio epidemics of the 1950s.
The federal government should get about 100 million doses of vaccine by mid-October, if the current production by five companies goes as planned. But enough vaccine for wide use by the 120 million people especially vulnerable to the newly emerged strain of H1N1 influenza virus will not be available until later in the fall.
Those were among the messages administration officials delivered to about 500 state, territorial, city and tribal health officials yesterday at a “flu summit” at the National Institutes of Health’s Bethesda campus.
President Obama, speaking by audio link from the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila, Italy, urged “complete ownership” of preparations for what he termed a “significant outbreak” of H1N1 flu in the next few months.
“We want to make sure that we are not promoting panic, but we are promoting vigilance and preparation,” he said. He added that “the most important thing for us to do is to make sure that state and local officials prepare now to implement a vaccination program in the fall.”
- Swine flu vaccine to be included in winter flu jab (telegraph.co.uk)