Hannie wrote:I also have my doubts for the same reason, Yif.
I also hear and read that people are getting more sick of the vaccin than the flu itself...
Every year between 200.000 and 300.000 people die from regular flu worldwide. So I don't know...
yankee-in-france wrote:Eliza, I just saw the under 64 in the vaccine program. Am I mistaken or didn't I read that most people 65 and older without serious health problems do not seem to be effected by this virus? Could that be the reason for the under 64 policy?
I do not know whether there is any truth but I was having lunch the other day with a friend, who is an Irish ex-pat. She is a psychologist and has many friends in the medical field in Ireland. It is her belief (from conversations with her doctor/nurse friends) that every sniffle is being diagnosed as swine flu and that in the majority of cases, it is not the real McCoy. I asked her why would this be happening. She thinks that it is designed to make money for the drug companies. She claims that the use of Tamiflu is rampant and could actually be making people more ill than they would be naturally. She personally is going to get the regular yearly flu vaccine and not the swine flu vaccine.
I am not a great believer in conspiracies, but she is a pretty solid individual and conservative so this was a bit interesting. However, I am not a fan of the Irish healthcare system so I am not sure that the info she received is the best.
What do you think, Eliza?
yankee-in-france wrote:Our internist says that he will have the vaccine in October or November. At this time, he is going with the vaccine, and I guess that we will have it but then do they also vaccinate for the regular flu? It is a bit confusing.
My hubby would agree with you that the BBC regrettably is not as objective and unslanted as they once were.
Despite Shortage, US to Donate Swine Flu Vaccine Abroad Through WHO
Friday, October 23, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the United States will help people in other countries get vaccinated for the H1N1 virus even as the United States faces shortages of the vaccine.
(CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – The United States is one of 11 countries that have agreed to donate H1N1 vaccine directly to the World Health Organization, which will then decide which less-developed countries should get it. The problem is, the U.S. will donate the vaccine at a time when it doesn't have enough to meet demand at home.
The federal government is currently 10 million doses shy of the 40 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine it said would be available to the American public by the end of October. Nevertheless, the Department of Health and Human Services says it will go ahead with its plan to donate 10 percent of all doses it receives to countries around the world, after meeting its original 40 million goal.
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