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Swine Flu Comeback With School Predicted

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, July 20, 2009 10:21 AM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Influenza, H1N1, Swine Flu, CDC, Flu Vaccine, Pandemic

The swine flu is expected to make a comeback in the fall when school starts.  

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The swine flu is expected to make a comeback with the opening of school, earlier than the flu season in October or November, federal health officials predict. The flu has been seen in summer camps even though flu season ended a few months ago.

“We expect challenges when people return to school, when kids are congregating together,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of respiratory diseases, speaking to the New York Times

What is still an unknown is how many doses of swine flu vaccine will be available by the start of school with several drug makers working on a version with a goal of hundreds of millions of doses.  The development of a vaccine is slowed by the fact that strains must be cultivated and grown. Also unknown is whether a booster show called an adjuvant, will be needed. 

Expect to see a swine flu campaign announce the availability when a vaccine is ready. Health care workers are strongly urged to be vaccinated first, then pregnant woman, who are also urged to receive a seasonal flu shot. 

Most serious cases appear in children and young adults.  Those individuals with compromised health and pregnant are the most likely to become fatal cases.

In June, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu (H1N1) a global pandemic after it was found to have impacted more than 70 countries with more than 70,000 cases. Almost 41,000 are in the U.S. with 263 deaths reported.  #


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Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, July 20, 2009 10:56 PM EST

Last Friday HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that vaccine makers will be immune from lawsuits resulting from any swine flu vaccine. This is a shield to protect vaccine makers from lawsuits in case the novel vaccine causes illness among the population.

The goal is to free up the companies during a public health emergency in case the vaccine is not adequately tested, or contains a mercury-based preservative, aluminum or any other metals. Americans will be expected to be vaccinated for the public good, without assurances the vaccine is good for the public.

Newsday has more on the protections for the makers, similar to that afforded childhood vaccine makers and the 1976 swine flu pandemic and resulting vaccine.

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Thousands filed lawsuits saying the vaccine gave them the paralyzing Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Since vaccines are not profitable, experts say, without the shield, the drug companies might not make them.

With one to two billion doses needed - is there really not any profit?

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