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16th-Oct-2004 12:43 pm
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First off, if you care about the presidential election, dailykos.com is a great read.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/16/111943/42

The flu shot shortage could well blow up into the issue that boots W from the oval office. Now, influenza doesn't kill all that many people anymore - it has been widely misreported that over 20,000 people die of the flu each year, but that is a misreading of the CDC's statistics that lump Pneumonia and Influenza together. I'm having a hard time finding the real numbers, but it looks like it's more like under 1000 each year. Even so, it's hard to say what the death rate might be if no one got a flu shot - in 1918 over 675,000 people died of influenza, though that's the worst it's been in a very long time.

But all those voting seniors are worried. And many of them are old enough that their parents lived through the 1918 epidemic, and a lot of them may have lived through it themselves, or lost family members to it. I've been reading of seniors in their 80s having to stand in line for hours to get a shot, when they can even get one. And the conventional wisdom now is that if you're old you have to get a shot to protect yourself, or you could die, so they all want one.

There was a mini-epidemic of influenza last year, and a minor shortage of vaccine. Bush has messed this up big time, as his administration has done nothing to correct the problems that emerged last year. Why is most of our vaccine produced offshore? Isn't it ironic that his proposed solution is to ask for vaccine from Canada? Most telling is the fact that other nations with surplus aren't coming forward to offer us vaccine. Bush has pissed off the world and now no one will stand with the USA when we need their help.

It's October. Surprise.
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16th-Oct-2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
Good. Im very happy to see the outrage in this with the vaccines.Here he goes again with his great outsourcing. Aren't there pharmaceutical companies in this country who would be able to handle the amounts needed.

Wasn't anyone prepared after last year's outbreaks. Seniors are furious. I was watching one of the many stories on the local news here in Philadelphia. Check this out, the vaccinations aren't available at some doctors offices, but people had to go to supermarkets to get them. Yes, SUPERMARKETS . The seniors are needless to say very uncomfortable in doing this.

Also, they had to outright cancel scheduled giving of the vaccines in certain cities. One of which being Camden NJ which happens to be one of the more impoverished cities in this area, regardless of the aquarium and baseball team and Tweeter Center. Yes, most of the residents are African Americans.

Unreal.

17th-Oct-2004 09:58 am (UTC)
Wait! You forgot about Poland!
17th-Oct-2004 10:01 am (UTC)
we're getting Polish vaccines?
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