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August 19, 2009

“Every pediatrician, internist and public health official is cross-eyed”

Filed under: Biosecurity,Preparedness and Response — by Philip J. Palin on August 19, 2009

An H1N1 vaccine is unlikely to be ready on time — or in sufficient quantity — to have much impact on its spread this fall. 

Tom Randall with Bloomberg reports, “Just 45 million of 195 million doses ordered for the U.S. will be delivered by mid-October, said health officials who lowered their estimates yesterday. The vaccine will probably require two shots given three weeks apart, and the body won’t produce antibodies for two additional weeks, according to an Aug. 7 report by the Department of Health and Human Services.”

“’This has been a virus that’s been smoldering, particularly among children at the many summer camp outbreaks,’ said William Schaffner, of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. ‘There’s no doubt it’s coming, and we could see it as early as September. Every pediatrician, internist and public health official is cross-eyed’ with worry, he said.”

Shortfall expected in US swine flu vaccines (AFP)

US tries to counter some delay in swine flu shots (AP)

US government to advise businesses on swine flu (Reuters)

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Comment by William R. Cumming

August 19, 2009 @ 9:44 am

Apparently the Dutch government has decided not to vaccinate anyone based on the lack of virulence of the H1N1 virus. Time will tell how that plays out.

What is increasingly apparent is that the efforts on Pandemic Flu over last few years ended up with almost total reliance on vaccine production with foreign producers. Hurray for Globalization?

Comment by Clinton J. Andersen

August 19, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

Relying on this type of preparedness from foreign producers can be troublesome, however, I think the real problem is the same problem that brings fear to most individuals in regards to the H1N1 in the first place; mutation. According to the CDC, an H1N1 vaccination is being created and should be ready, to some extent, by October. However, this does not replace the regular flu vaccine that is also required. Furthermore, there have been concerns over the H1N1 already producing similar but different strains, thereby changing the ferocity of the overall vaccine. Anyways, right now there is a significant amount of speculation and while we are trying hard to prepare and mitigate only time will tell.

Comment by christopher tingus

August 20, 2009 @ 6:27 am

Our children deserve priority.

Apparently this Fall will see school closings, education compromised and the precious Life of youth unforunately swept away in a moment, one wonders the reality of diligent commitment on behalf of those we “entrust” rather than the administration’s seemingly emptyiness in promise after promise to truly address the issues before us – I suggest many parents chose – home schooling – as alternative for I have very little confidence that the preciousness of youth will be protected in time as the opening of the school year is upon us and again, we are not prepared…Each and every Life lost this Fall and Winter is one girl or boy far too many…

Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi seem to know how to afford Hank Paulson et al $750 Billion without transparency and print countless “fiat dollars” at the whim of the Federal Reserve and get on their plane at $60,000 flight costs and you, Mr. President, spending thousands of dollars per hour to take the First Lady on a date to New York City, to allow Air Force One to cause fear and panic among New Yorkers for a photo opportunity or a sightseeing ride for no one will know who was being escorted by jet fighter plane while people were so very frightened…

Mr. President, Sir, you have travelled twice around the world in these short days of your administration accomplishing what, Sir, for the monies you have sent in travel and security arrangements – to somehow appease the Muslim world which should be responsible for its own commitment to civilization, to Human rights – to its own people – allowing the Palestinian to flounder as mega cities rise from the sands built pervaded with marble and you having yet set foot on Israeli soil, a nation and people with covenant to the Lord, a Democracy, a people so threatened by the “Brutes of Tehran” –

Mr. President, what do you mean when you say the vaccine will not be ready for our youth and now we read, “Furthermore, there have been concerns over H1N1 already producing similar but different strains, thereby changing the ferocity of the overall vaccine.”

It is time that every proposed wasted dollar you and the Federal Reserve and Congressional members continue to spend so freely be invested in assuring our youth that we have ample supplies of what ever it is that they need as we are so tired of the same ‘ol, same ‘ol politics and accolades of one another when here on Main Street we see the reality of Life and as
my money – as a Professional “Slots” Foxwoods Gambler” – is placed on the 91% of Americans who are presently satisfied with their health plan and abhor the waste, the fraud and the ongoing politicizing at the local and national level as politicians are so arrogant, so full of themselves these days that we see the waste, we see the indifference, the incestuous applause of one another on both sides of the aisle believing you are truly representing the majority interests of this beloved nation while we see the flag limping along and we see government placing our children again as second tier priority,
a government so readily imposing itself as to strip us naked of our basic Civil Rights when in Massachusetts, the State Legislature by statute empowers the MA Department of Revenue and the Registry of Motor Vehicles to “suspend” a license to operate a motor vehicle for a tax related issue having nothing to do with motor vehicle citation or related to…

a government sworn by oath, by pledge to uphold the US constitution and Massachusetts Constitution, the Bill of Rights for every American taking one’s “mode of transporttaion” from he /she to take their Right to earn a living and to care for one’s self and family, to be able to drive to the pharmacy to pick up meds, to be able to drive to the grocery store for sustenence – food – socially isolated, as Section 23 of Chapter 182 pursuant to Section 47B of Chapter 62C of Massachusetts General Laws, intentionally using intimidation as tactic, placing physical and emotional well being of our good citizen in jeopardly, criminal intent for levy of bank accounts, lien on property and even a court ordered “garnishment of wages” would be construed as reasonable remedy for the Commonwealth – government to seek tax monies, but people here on Main Street Boston are being subjected to punishment without due process of Hearing and the scrutiny of peers, yet you Mr. President and you, Governor Duval Patrick who both talked about “change” in your administartion and justice for all – White or Black – word here states that “vaccine” for our children will not be ready their emotional and physical well being will also be jeopardized just as the good citizens of Massachusetts, Governor, are subjected to punishment by stripping their basic Civil Rights, Human Rights, direct Civil Rights violation imposed by knowing statute of such ramification as anyone owing income taxes to the Commonwealth cannot pay their obligation if they are deprived of their Right to drive their car and earn a living, to care for themselves and family and subjected to Life threatening Legislation where each and every one of the Legislators enacting such statute should be held for contempt of their pledge to uphold the US Constitution and the Massachusetts Constution for even if one files Federal Bankruptcy, the great Court allows one to retain his/her “mode of transportation” and their home, their shelter.

To knowingly and willingly strip one naked of their Right to earn a living and to spend asd government does such wasteful monies when our children need commitment to research and development of vaccine to safeguard…

…well, the Life of our precious youngster is upon you as well as addressing the unjustified punishment, the harm, the intent to destroy fellow citizens in Massachusetts which is the only State in the union which turns its cheek to the basic Civil Rights of allowing anyone whether in appeal of income tax assessemnens or simply owing monies to strip naked one basic Civil Rights to survive as punishment and no government should be allowed to punish its citizenry so unfairly and especially our beloved nation founded upon the Principles of Civil Rights, professing Human Rights violations in other countries, when the beltway and Boston politicans and Court Officers allow such blatent injustice….

Our children and our citizenry deserve more….or we have no business imposing ourselves in another’s backyard for apparently we cannot seem to see our own hump!

Christopher Tingus
64 Whidah Drive
Harwich, MA 02645
aka Mr. Mrs. Citizen Joe

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 20, 2009 @ 11:15 am

Noted that NY State has mandated in law that all of the full spectrum of its medical professionals will be vaccinated against flu both seasonal and pandemic in order to protect their patients.

Comment by Tom Russo

August 21, 2009 @ 11:54 am

Over the past five years, the nation has invested billions to ready for this pandemic moment, yet pandemic preparedness remains an illusion. Along the coast, we recognize that the public gets complacent if an annual hurricane threat does not chase them out of town. Complacency among the public will further entrench if indeed, we narrowly escape this pandemic with a glancing blow. But hopefully, health officials will recognize much work remains with no room for complacency and that the illusion must convert to reality.

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 22, 2009 @ 6:23 am

WHO has announced that only 45 million doses of H1N1 vaccine will be available by October 15th as opposed to the 140 million suggested earlier. Stay tuned. And of course now will be interesting to see how priority and allocation decisions are made and by who and WHO! Or is it by WHOM?

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