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U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses
Reuters ^ | May 3, 2010 | Maggie Fox

Posted on 05/03/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT by george76

Grassley says he is worried about wasting tax dollars.

The United States still has 71 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine that have not been used, but it is not yet time to throw them out, the federal government said on Monday.

States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can start distributing seasonal vaccine for the coming influenza season in the autumn, said Health and Human Services Department spokesman Bill Hall.

Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance committee, released a letter on Monday that he sent to HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her how much vaccine was left over and when it would expire.

H1N1 swine flu is still technically causing a pandemic and health officials say anyone who has not been vaccinated should still try, in case it causes a third wave of serious disease.

Sebelius said last month that 162 million doses were produced and distributed, but only 90 million actually got into people's arms or noses.

"Depending on the vaccine manufacturer, the shelf life of the H1N1 vaccines range from 18 weeks to 18 months, with some due to expire on June 30, 2010," Grassley wrote in his letter to Sebelius.

"I understand that it is not uncommon for some seasonal flu vaccines to be discarded each year, but the H1N1 vaccines were paid for with taxpayer dollars," he added, asking: "How many doses of vaccine are due to expire on June 30, 2010?"

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: doses; epidemic; fakeepidemic; flu; fluvaccine; h1n1; h1n1swineflu; seasonalflu; swineflu; vaccine; vaccines

1 posted on 05/03/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

They weren’t needed anyway. It was all just a government scare to take our minds off the basic theft of this country and its rule of law principles during the financial uptakes, that’s all......just a government scam...


2 posted on 05/03/2010 3:53:53 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: george76

Inject 0bammie in1 dose!


3 posted on 05/03/2010 3:54:23 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: Gaffer

Yeh, but with the new Helath Care...the next time around, it will be mandatory.


4 posted on 05/03/2010 3:55:59 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: george76

‘States and other providers should hang on to the vaccine and continue to offer them to people until drug companies can start distributing seasonal vaccine for the coming influenza season in the autumn’.................That’s all it was anyway, this years seasonal flu, and a mild one at that.

But got to make it a crisis to take advantage of the crisis...


5 posted on 05/03/2010 3:57:12 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Dunno, but your mistype gave me a thought...you typed Helath Care...what if we extended and revised to Hell-Hath Care???? Because that’s what it will be....


6 posted on 05/03/2010 3:58:13 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: george76

Line them up in a row on the path of old Route 66 from NY to LA as a demonstration of government incompetence.


7 posted on 05/03/2010 4:09:29 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: george76

lol

more government waste

Soon they will make sure to give out the expired shots first.


8 posted on 05/03/2010 4:18:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: george76

It occurs to me that the vaccine for H1N1 will only work on that strain, so hanging on to them doesn’t make a lot of sense.


9 posted on 05/03/2010 4:30:56 PM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: mapmaker77

“It occurs to me that the vaccine for H1N1 will only work on that strain, so hanging on to them doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

They’ll wait for this winters flu strain and re-label them. Problem solved.


10 posted on 05/03/2010 4:42:29 PM PDT by dljordan (Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. ")
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To: george76

this was also payback i bet. sure the vaccine makers don’t care if the vaccine is used—as long as it was paid for. how much corruption will the american public stand for. maybe it has become immunized against it so it doesn’t matter anymore.


11 posted on 05/03/2010 4:46:17 PM PDT by applpie (u)
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To: george76
I don't know - but from the numbers they should only wrtie off 40% or so of the tax money, the other 60% was merely wasted.

Probably not too bad for a government progam.

12 posted on 05/03/2010 4:54:31 PM PDT by norton
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To: george76
U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses

Yep :-) one of those was mine and I told them to keep their damn government induced flu hysteria vaccine.

I'm old enough to remember the first fake swine flu of the Jimmy Carter days.

If someone representing the USSA's government is talking, they are lying.

13 posted on 05/03/2010 5:41:32 PM PDT by 2aberro
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To: george76

Just another liberal induced crisis that really wasn’t. I was amazed at the amount of FReeper trolls who kept posting how bad the flu was and how it wasn’t a fake epidemic at all. Strange, none of them have posted a “we are all going to die from the flu” for quite some time.


14 posted on 05/03/2010 6:23:32 PM PDT by calex59
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I still wonder what’s in this one and to whom it will be peddled off.


15 posted on 05/03/2010 6:46:37 PM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: george76

I never got one. They can throw mine away. :)


16 posted on 05/03/2010 8:07:43 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: DvdMom
What happened?


Annual Flu Deaths: The Big Lie
17 posted on 05/03/2010 8:25:51 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Brown Deer

The weeks are out of order?


18 posted on 05/03/2010 8:56:13 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: ohioWfan

I didn’t get one either. They can give mine to Obamby after the expiration date.


19 posted on 05/03/2010 8:58:15 PM PDT by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

What weeks are out of order?


20 posted on 05/03/2010 8:59:49 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Brown Deer

The x axis of that graph is labeled weeks but skips around. It makes it hard to read and draw a conclusion about the data presented.


21 posted on 05/03/2010 9:04:40 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

There is nothing out of order in the chart. It begins with week 35 of 2009 and continues through April 24, 2010. The numbers on the axis are incremented by twos.


22 posted on 05/03/2010 9:14:46 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: george76

The one they reseved for myself and my wife were 2 of them!

Working with the not so savory people she usually got one and almost always caught the flu.

This year she skipped the flu shots and excaped without getting the flu or a cold!


23 posted on 05/03/2010 9:23:22 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: mapmaker77

“It occurs to me that the vaccine for H1N1 will only work on that strain, so hanging on to them doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Give the shots to all the illegals for free and maybe they will get the flu!!!!


24 posted on 05/03/2010 9:25:01 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Brown Deer

Oh. I’m an idiot sorry. Gotta wonder who made $ on the hype from this bug.


25 posted on 05/03/2010 9:32:04 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

It would appear that a good hype...pays bucks. We need to start some old fashioned disease craze...like Ringworm....and then dream up a $44 shot to fix it. Then go on CNN and MSNBC to chat with experts on Ringworm.


26 posted on 05/04/2010 2:59:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: MWestMom

Maybe he can get all of ours, so he never, ever gets swine flu the rest of his life. :)


27 posted on 05/04/2010 7:44:18 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: pepsionice

It would help to get our pals in the government to order massive purchases. All we’d have to do is cut them in via some stock options and a little campaign $.


28 posted on 05/04/2010 2:51:53 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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