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  • 'Universal' flu vaccine effective in animals

    05/23/2013 10:32:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Nature News ^ | 22 May 2013 | Ed Yong
    Self-assembling nanoparticles could make updating seasonal vaccines easier. Under the microscope, they look like simple jacks, with eight spikes jutting out of a central ball. But these protein nanoparticles are science's latest weapon against influenza: a new breed of flu vaccine that provides better and broader protection than commercially available ones — at least in animal tests. Current flu vaccines use inactivated whole viruses and must be regularly remade to target the strains most likely to cause illness in the coming year. But the new nanoparticles would require fewer updates because they induce the production of antibodies that neutralize a...
  • FLU VACCINE MAY HIT FAST TRACK

    05/19/2013 2:38:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | MAY 15, 2013 | Bradley J. Fikes
    Local researchers show online data transfer could lead to safer response in days rather than months Flu pandemic vaccine manufacturing could begin in days, not months, potentially saving a great numbers of lives in case of a severe outbreak, according to a study published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. Starting with digitized viral genomes, researchers led by San Diego geneticist J. Craig Venter along with Rino Rappuoli of Novartis, reproduced, or “rescued” flu viruses in just four days and four hours. Traditional methods take about four months. “To date, we have not encountered any influenza virus strain that cannot be...
  • Study: Getting flu shot 2 years in a row may lower protection

    03/24/2013 10:30:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Experts are puzzled by a new study in which influenza vaccination seemed to provide little or no protection against flu in the 2010-11 season—and in which the only participants who seemed to benefit from the vaccine were those who hadn't been vaccinated the season before. The investigators recruited 328 households in Michigan before the flu season started and followed them through the season. Overall, they found that the infection risk was nearly the same in vaccinated and unvaccinated participants, indicating no significant vaccine-induced protection, according to their report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. That contrasted sharply with several other observational studies...
  • Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people

    02/21/2013 7:57:24 PM PST · by don-o · 11 replies
    AP - via Yahoo ^ | February 21, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA (AP) — It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.
  • Piers Morgan Falls Ill Days After Public Flu Shot with Dr Oz

    01/24/2013 4:26:37 PM PST · by opentalk · 86 replies
    natural society ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anthony Gucciardi
    …After receiving his very first flu shot live on air from vaccine advocate Dr. Oz in attempt to showcase the ‘safety and effectiveness of the shot’, Piers Morgan has now developed flu-like symptoms that even he and his guest have attributed to the reception of the shot. In the January 23 interview with country music celebrity Dwight Yoakam, Piers and Dwight discuss the connection between the recent shot and his new sickness. In the interview, which can be seen below, Piers asks “…As you can tell, things are deteriorating. Is there any advice you can give me?” Yoakam replies with...
  • Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S. - Only U.S. and Canada encourage flu vaccine

    01/18/2013 10:27:23 AM PST · by opentalk · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jen Christensen
    (CNN) - The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population. Only the U.S. and Canada actually encourage everyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine. Apparently, not a single country in Europe asks the general population to seek that same kind of protection, according to Robb Butler, the World Health Organization technical officer in vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations in the organization's Europe office in the Netherlands. That's because global health experts say the...
  • New Flu Shot Guards Against Newest Strains

    09/28/2012 12:49:14 AM PDT · by LucyT · 60 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | September 27, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer
    Last year's flu shot won't shield you this year: Two new strains of influenza have begun circling the globe, and the updated vaccine appears to work well against them, government officials said Thursday. [snip] Influenza strains constantly evolve, and some cause more illness than others. "...strains from the H3N2 family tend to be harsher than some other flu types, and a new H3N2 strain is included in this year's vaccine because it is circulating in parts of the world. Only one ingredient in this year's flu vaccine was retained from last year's, protection against the H1N1 strain that caused the...
  • Synthetic protein kick-starts the immune system to prevent all strains of the flu

    07/09/2012 10:44:45 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 7 replies
    Gizmag / Dan Diego State University ^ | July 09, 2012 | Darren Quick
    We've seen promising moves towards developing a universal or near-universal influenza vaccine, but researchers at the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center have taken a different tack to ward of the crafty virus. Although the flu virus actively keeps the immune system from detecting it for a few days, giving it time to gain a foothold, the researchers have found that a powerful synthetic protein, known as EP67, can kick start the immune system so that it reacts almost immediately to all strains of the virus. Previously, EP67 had primarily been used to help activate the immune response by being added...
  • Flu breakthrough promises a vaccine to kill all strains ... jab targets ... every type

    02/06/2011 3:35:45 PM PST · by null and void · 34 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Sunday 6 February 2011 21.50 GMT | Alok Jha
    A team at Oxford University has had success testing a vaccine that can neuter any strain of flu virus. Photograph: Science Photo Library The treatment ... targets a different part of the flu virus to traditional vaccines, meaning it does not need to be expensively reformulated every year to match the most prevalent virus that is circulating the world. Developed by a team led by Dr Sarah Gilbert at Oxford's Jenner Institute, the vaccine targets proteins inside the flu virus that are common across all strains, instead of those that sit on the virus's external coat, which are liable...
  • Swine flu survivors developed super flu antibodies("universal" flu shot possible?)

    01/11/2011 3:00:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/10/11 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Swine flu survivors developed super flu antibodies Mon, Jan 10 2011 By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study of antibodies from people infected with H1N1 swine flu adds proof that scientists are closing in on a "universal" flu shot that could neutralize many types of flu strains, including H1N1 swine flu and H5N1 bird flu, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said people who were infected in the H1N1 pandemic developed an unusual immune response, making antibodies that could protect them from all the seasonal H1N1 flu strains from the last decade, the deadly "Spanish flu" strain from 1918...
  • Government urges universal flu vaccinations

    08/23/2010 10:59:57 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    UNC Health Care System ^ | August 23, 2010 | Unknown
    CHAPEL HILL – Flu vaccine will soon be available at local pharmacies and doctor’s offices, and government officials are urging everyone over 6 months of age to receive it. This year’s vaccine protects against H1N1 and two other strains of seasonal flu. The recommendation represents a break from past years, when the government focused on vaccinating people in certain “high-risk” groups and those in contact with people at high risk. “The message is simple now,” said David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “If you’re more than 6...
  • U.S. has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses

    05/03/2010 3:52:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 510+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2010 | Maggie Fox
    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...
  • 800,000 Doses Of Kids' H1N1 Vaccine Recalled

    12/15/2009 8:28:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 998+ views
    800,000 Doses Of Kids' H1N1 Vaccine Recalled ATLANTA (CBS) ― Health officials are recalling hundreds of thousands of doses of swine flu vaccine after tests indicated they may not be potent enough to protect against the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified doctors about the recall Tuesday. The recall involves about 800,000 doses made by Sanofi Pasteur. The doses are pre-filled syringes intended for young children, ages 6 months to almost three years. Health officials recommend children those ages get two doses, spaced about a month apart. Health officials say it's not clear how many doses have...
  • Medical workers balk at mandatory flu vaccines

    11/14/2009 5:14:44 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 1,280+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 13, 2009 | Steve Gorman Steve Gorman
    thousands of nurses and other front-line healthcare workers are fighting mandatory flu immunization policies being put in place by some U.S. hospitals. The H1N1 pandemic, which has killed about 3,900 Americans so far, has stoked tensions over the best way to safeguard medical caregivers and their patients from flu. Nurses unions have won some early battles against compulsory vaccination. data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only about 40 percent of U.S. healthcare workers ever get shots for seasonal influenza. mandating that healthcare workers get vaccines is misguided, ineffective and ultimately counterproductive. "There is no...
  • Out of Canada: Hilarious flu video

    11/10/2009 8:04:54 AM PST · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 765+ views
    YouTube ^ | 08-26-09
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  • Wall Street Firms Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Get H1N1 Vaccine

    11/05/2009 5:00:50 PM PST · by apoliticalone · 7 replies · 672+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11-5-09 | Associated Press
    The government, which ordered 250 million doses, has recommended that the limited supply go first to high-risk groups: children and young people through age 24, people caring for infants under 6 months, pregnant women and health care workers.
  • Wall Street Flu Shots Stir Backlash Over Vaccine

    11/05/2009 12:02:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies · 799+ views
    CNBC ^ | 11/5/2009 | Staff
    New York City health officials scrambled to explain themselves Thursday following outraged media reports about bankers who got scarce H1N1 flu vaccines through their employers. Although there is a longstanding arrangement for employers to provide seasonal flu shots to workers, the city health department was bombarded with calls and television reports about Wall Street workers jumping the line ahead of pregnant women and children. "It's bad enough that Wall Street crashed our economy and is back to paying out platinum bonuses after taking trillions in taxpayer-funded bailouts and backstops," Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger said in a statement....
  • New York Businesses Get H1N1 Vaccine

    11/05/2009 11:29:53 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 5 replies · 357+ views
    Business Week ^ | November 2, 2009, 10:20PM EST | Esmé E. Deprez
    To the list of hundreds of schools, hospitals, and community health centers that have received limited allocations of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, you can now add some of New York's largest employers. In the past week or so 13 companies, including Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS), have begun receiving small quantities of the vaccine, according to city health authorities.
  • New TV ad by American Future Fund

    11/05/2009 10:41:06 AM PST · by lysie · 6 replies · 351+ views
    American Future Fund ^ | 11/5/2009 | Ken, American Future Fund
    Watch American Future Fund's latest nationwide TV ad, ‘Vaccine’.The American Future Fund is established as a multi- state issues advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals.
  • White House: No flu vaccine for Gitmo detainees

    11/03/2009 10:51:32 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 943+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 3, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says detainees at Guantanamo Bay are not receiving vaccinations against the swine flu vaccine. Robert Gibbs on Tuesday said concern that terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base in Cuba were receiving vaccines was misplaced. Gibbs says no vaccines are at the naval base and none are on the way
  • Why you can't get swine-flu vaccine

    11/03/2009 3:09:53 AM PST · by Scanian · 38 replies · 1,600+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 3, 2009 | ROBERT GOLDBERG
    The shortage of swine-flu vaccine results not from drug- company greed or outsize demand but almost entirely from the government's decision to pander to unfounded and unscientific fear. As The Wall Street Journal reported last week, the US government set out to have the H1N1 vaccine produced largely in single-dose syringes -- a demand that has set back production considerably, because multidose vials are far easier to make. And the only reason to seek single-dose production was to please people needlessly worried about the preservative thimerasol, which is used to provide multiple doses of the vaccine. The fear -- utterly...
  • Public school nurses give swine flu vaccine to kids without parents' OK, sends child to hospital

    11/02/2009 10:37:59 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 93 replies · 2,580+ views
    New York Daily News.com ^ | 10-30-09 | Ben Chapman and Rachel Monahan
    School nurses mistakenly gave the swine flu vaccine to two students who didn't sign up for it - including a Brooklyn girl with epilepsy who wound up in the hospital. "I was outraged," Naomi Troy, 26, told the Daily News after her 6-year-old daughter, Nikiyah Torres-Pierre, had a possible allergic reaction to the shot. Officials at Public School 335 in Crown Heights called an ambulance to take Nikiyah to SUNY Downstate Medical Center when she fell ill following the arm jab. "My stomach was hurting, and I was itching," Nikiyah said after she was released from the hospital. The snafu...
  • Gitmo detainees set to receive swine flu vaccine

    11/02/2009 6:43:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 751+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | November 2, 2009 | By DAVID McFADDEN
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Terrorism suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base will soon get swine flu vaccines, despite complaints that American civilians should have priority, a military spokesman said Sunday. Army Maj. James Crabtree, a spokesman for the U.S. jail facility in southeast Cuba, said the doses should start arriving this month, with guards and then inmates scheduled for inoculations. He acknowledged there may be an "emotional response" from critics who argue that terror suspects should not be allocated swine-flu medications while members of the U.S. public are still waiting due to a vaccine shortage. But he...
  • Another city student gets flu vaccine by mistake: Dept. of Ed. officials

    11/02/2009 3:58:24 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 490+ views
    NYdailynews ^ | Oct 31, 2009 | RACHEL MONAHAN AND KERRY WILLS
    Officials admitted on Friday that a third student was mistakenly given the swine flu vaccine - an error the school nurses union blamed on the city. "Nurses are not getting the support they need," said Judith Arroyo, president of Local 436, District Council 37, adding that the union had warned of problems. "We don't like it when we're right, because usually when we're right someone does get hurt somewhere along the way." City officials countered that nurses have received "excellent support." "The department has been doing a tremendous job," said Dr. Jane Zucker, assistant commissioner of immunization. "Twenty-five hundred have...
  • Obama frustrated with companies over flu vaccine

    10/30/2009 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies · 1,621+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/09 | Ross Colvin
    A quarrel between the U.S. government and swine flu vaccine makers reached the highest level on Friday, with President Barack Obama expressing frustration at the slow pace of production.
  • A reasonable assessment of the swine flu vaccine

    10/29/2009 7:20:26 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 25 replies · 838+ views
    Faith, Reason and Health Blog ^ | 10/29/09 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 A reasonable assessment of the swine flu vaccine Why be skeptical? Orthodox Catholics have a strong tendency towards healthy skepticism when it comes to big government and big pharma. We've seen the democide carried out by atheistic governments against several hundred million innocent men, women, and children over the past century. We've seen the demographic winter and destruction of over a billion lives at the hands of scientism's big medicine and big pharma. Science no longer serves the God who created the laws of nature and nature itself, even if many individual scientists, doctors and biomedical...
  • Does the Vaccine Matter?

    10/18/2009 2:21:43 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 19 replies · 876+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2009 | Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer
    Vaccination is central to the government’s plan for preventing deaths from swine flu. The CDC has recommended that some 159 million adults and children receive either a swine flu shot or a dose of MedImmune’s nasal vaccine this year. Shots are offered in doctors’ offices, hospitals, airports, pharmacies, schools, polling places, shopping malls, and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. In August, New York state required all health-care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu shots. To further protect the populace, the federal government has spent upwards of $3billion stockpiling millions of doses of antiviral drugs like Tamiflu—which are being used...
  • Judge Halts Flu Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers

    10/16/2009 2:02:34 PM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies · 529+ views
    cbs ^ | Oct 16, 2009 | cbs
    Health care workers in New York will no longer be forced to get the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, CBS 2 has learned. A state Supreme Court judge issued a restraining order Friday against the state from enforcing the controversial mandatory vaccination. The order came as the Public Employees Federation sued to reverse a policy requiring vaccination against the seasonal and swine flu viruses, arguing that state Health Commissioner Richard Daines overstepped his authority. Three parties – the Public Employees Federaion, New York State United Teachers, and an attorney representing four Albany nurses – challenged the order and for now the...
  • N.Y. Health Care Workers Revolt Over H1N1 Vaccine

    10/02/2009 9:48:27 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 5 replies · 492+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | Sep 30, 2009 | Jennifer McLogan
    Saying They Should Be Given A Choice, Employees Rally In Albany, Around State, Chant "No Forced Shots!" Protesters Hold Signs That Read: "The State Doesn't Own My Body'" They're upset over an ultimatum from the health department. Workers are being told to either get the swine flu vaccine or lose their jobs. New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required...
  • Health workers being forced to take flu shots this year

    09/29/2009 5:55:46 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 60 replies · 2,005+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/29/09 | Ann Geracimos
    Health care institutions, concerned that less than half their workers got flu shots in previous years, are moving for the first time to make the shots mandatory in the face of an expected swine flu pandemic. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures for the 2007-08 flu season, the most recent available, show that just 45.4 percent of U.S. health care workers ages 19 to 64 were immunized against seasonal flu that year. Three British surveys released in recent weeks suggest the same pattern with the novel H1N1 virus, commonly known as the "swine flu" virus. But Dr. Tom Talbot,...
  • Sebelius: 'Encouraging News' Regarding Swine Flu Vaccine

    09/11/2009 12:09:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 617+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/11/09 | Rob Stein
    The swine flu vaccine appears to work for adults with just one shot and within 10 days, a major boost to the widespread immunization campaign that officials are planning to protect people against the first influenza pandemic in 41 years, researchers reported. Preliminary data from an Australian study found that a single standard dose could produce an immune response in more than 96 percent of recipients, and U.S. studies indicate that the protection occurs within eight to 10 days, scientists reported. The vaccine also appeared safe. The eagerly awaited findings mark the first results from a flurry of studies that...
  • FLU VACCINE

    09/08/2009 6:23:42 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 81 replies · 1,626+ views
    Sept 08, 2009 | swampsniper
    There was a local pediatrician on the local radio station today, discussing the vaccine for the swine flu. She said that rather than buying the vaccine from the manufacturer or a broker, as usual, doctors will have to get the new vaccine from the government. There is also a long list of standards to decide who can get the vaccine, it won't be the doctors decision. There is a lot of paperwork involved. There are harsh penalties proposed for any doctor who gives the vaccine to someone who doesn't meet the criteria. I reckon this is a sign of the...
  • Gov. Corzine Guarantees Swine Flu Vaccine for All Uninsured (Jersey has 1.3 mln uninsured residents)

    09/04/2009 3:27:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 640+ views
    New Jersey will guarantee free swine flu vaccines to the state's 1.3 million uninsured residents and will try to remove all "financial barriers" for anyone else who wants the shot, Gov. Jon S. Corzine and other officials said Thursday. The announcement comes as the state prepares for the start of school and an expected spike in swine flu cases in the coming months. "We're going to be making the H1N1 vaccine — if it's proven to be safe and effective — available to anyone who wants it," state Health Commissioner Heather Howard said. "We will be eliminating financial barriers." Shots...
  • Obama "Strongly" Urges Citizens Get Swine Flu Vaccine

    09/01/2009 11:49:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 94 replies · 2,950+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Tue, Sep 1, 2009
    "I do want everyone to be prepared," Obama said President Barack Obama said the swine flu vaccine is voluntary but the government will "strongly recommend" that citizens get it. "I don't want anybody to be alarmed, but I do want everyone to be prepared," Obama said. Obama spoke after he was briefed on the nation's preparation for swine flu by officials that included Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. A vaccine is currently being developed and will likely be available by October. A new report from the White House sho
  • W Va hospital early adopter of mandatory flu shots

    08/29/2009 12:52:46 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 15 replies · 1,138+ views
    AP ^ | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | TOM BREEN
    As flu season approaches, West Virginia's largest hospital has given its employees a choice: Get a flu shot, or get another job . . . A mandatory flu shot policy like CAMC's is rare for U.S. hospitals, but it may soon become more common. A New York State law that takes effect this month requires hospitals to provide records showing all their workers have seasonal flu vaccinations or face fines, and
  • Don't Inject Me (The Swine Flu Vaccine song) by the Health Ranger, Awesome

    08/25/2009 7:25:15 AM PDT · by Scythian · 16 replies · 650+ views
    DON'T INJECT ME Very funny, and kind of scary at the same time ...
  • $1,000 per day fine + 30 days jail for refusing swine flu vaccine?

    08/23/2009 1:34:13 PM PDT · by GoreNoMore · 85 replies · 3,264+ views
    This VIDEO is a MUST WATCH Massachusetts state legislature voted these in... Bill # 2028 especially at the 1:40 mark on vid where fine/jail revealed:
  • Swine Flu Vaccine Looks Safe So Far

    08/21/2009 7:12:43 PM PDT · by delacoert · 38 replies · 887+ views
    Web MD ^ | Aug. 21, 2009 | Miranda Hitti
    Aug. 21, 2009 -- No safety issues have come up yet in clinical trials of the swine flu vaccine, health officials announced today. Clinical trials of the vaccine in adults began recently, and so far, there have been "no red flags" of safety concerns, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said today in a news conference. Based on those early reports, clinical trials have begun in children ages 6 months to 17 years, Fauci said. Results of the clinical trials are still several weeks away, and more trials will begin in September to...
  • You May Need Three Flu Shots This Year

    08/19/2009 5:34:03 PM PDT · by Kozman · 32 replies · 911+ views
    The inoculation for the swine flu strain, officially known as H1N1, will be distributed as a separate shot from the shot designed to protect against the seasonal flu, according to Los Angeles County’s top public health official, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, at a press conference today. But, after those two shots, you then may need a third shot. Get this, according to Fielding preliminary studies have suggested the swine-flu shot does not provoke as strong an immune response as does the seasonal flu vaccine, thus, it may be necessary to administer two doses of the swine-flu inoculation for it to be...
  • 12,000 Oklahoma children to be tested with new H1N1 flu vaccine to see any side effects

    08/16/2009 8:23:18 AM PDT · by traumer · 93 replies · 2,166+ views
    Because H1N1 flu is a novel virus, parents are concerned as 12,000 children in Oklahoma are going to be tested with vaccinations for H1N1 to see whether there are any serious side effects. Some parents are complaining the only benefit is going to be for the vaccine manufacturers. Other parents say numerous children will die, not from the new vaccine, but from the novel virus that combines avian, swine, and human viruses. Among the parents' fears are the fear of autism, fear of children becoming paralyzed by novel reactions similar to the syndrome that occured with a different type of...
  • Swine Flu Jab Link to Killer Nerve Disease..

    08/15/2009 5:33:08 PM PDT · by givemELL · 88 replies · 2,737+ views
    MailOnline ^ | Aug. 15, 2009 | Jo MacFarlane
    A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter. The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins. It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by...
  • Most children will be forced to wait for swine flu vaccine [says the UK's NHS........]

    08/13/2009 10:32:30 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 1 replies · 375+ views
    Most children will be forced to wait for swine flu vaccine H1N1 swine flu virus culture (HO/Reuters) David Rose, Health Correspondent Pregnant women, children with chronic health conditions and others with weakened immune systems will be the first people to receive a swine flu vaccine as part of the national immunisation campaign this winter. Frontline NHS and social care workers, pensioners and household contacts of people with HIV or undergoing chemotherapy treatment will also be offered the vaccine from October, the Department of Health has announced, although previously healthy children and adults may have to wait until next year. Sir...
  • Pregnant to get swine flu vaccine (UK)

    08/13/2009 8:56:44 AM PDT · by traumer · 4 replies · 283+ views
    A swine flu vaccination campaign will be launched in the autumn starting with pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions. In total, 54.6 million doses of pandemic vaccine are planned to be delivered by December. Those eligible will need to have two doses of the vaccine. Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson said the vaccine was going through similar safety testing as seasonal flu vaccine. In October, people aged six months to 65-years-old in conventional at-risk groups for normal seasonal flu, such as those with diabetes or heart disease, will be first in line for the vaccine. This...
  • Will Americans follow orders to take flu shots?

    08/12/2009 12:31:22 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 49 replies · 2,586+ views
    WND ^ | 8/11/09 | Bob Unruh
    Alarmist language sparking fears of mandatory vaccinations, quarantines Alarmist language over possible outbreaks of swine flu as well as a series of moves by the federal government are fueling fears federal agents will soon be forcing citizens to be vaccinated – prompting one political party to launch a pre-emptive defense against any such effort. The Constitution Party, a fast-growing alternative to the dominant Democratic and Republican parties in many elections, has come out strongly in opposition to any "mandatory injections" of "potential toxic (H1N1) 'swine flu' vaccine." Citing the Fourth Amendment, which says, "The right of the people to be...
  • Swine flu allocations will stiff seniors ... Misleading figures from CDC at work.

    08/10/2009 10:22:51 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 13 replies · 447+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | August 10, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is using misleading figures to rationalize the denial of life saving H1N1 flu vaccine to seniors and other older age groups. In a study in which they give infection rates and hospitalization rates for different age groups, the CDC uses meaningless share data for deaths from the flu in an attempt to give the appearance of lower (non-threatening) death rates for older age groups....
  • Swine flu vaccine for 'half US'

    07/29/2009 8:22:56 PM PDT · by traumer · 43 replies · 1,188+ views
    About half the US population should be vaccinated against the H1N1 virus with pregnant women and health workers the top priority, US officials have said. A US government advisory committee said health officials should prepare to vaccinate 160 million people. The vaccination campaign, which will involve two doses of vaccine per person, is due to begin in mid-October. In the event that not enough vaccine is available, a tighter group of high-risk patients will receive it. This group also includes people who care for babies, health workers and children between the age of six months and four years. 'Natural immunity'...
  • Legal Immunity Set for Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

    07/29/2009 3:17:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies · 575+ views
    Ethiopian Review ^ | July 29th | Desta Bishu
    The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off. Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday. Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court handles claims and decides...
  • US puts flu vaccines on trial - NIAID director Anthony Fauci explains testing strategy.

    07/28/2009 10:29:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,109+ views
    Nature News ^ | 28 July 2009 | Declan Butler
    Anthony Fauci.J. Reed/Reuters The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced last week that it will begin five clinical trials for two pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccines in early August. These trials will help inform a likely US mass-vaccination campaign beginning in September. NIAID director Anthony Fauci talks about what vaccines were chosen, and why.To increase the amount of flu vaccine available, the World Health Organization recommends using adjuvants, which boost the body's immune response to the drug. But the five trials you announced last week are for non-adjuvanted vaccines. Why? We have planned seven priority trials. The...
  • Government virus expert paid £116k by swine flu vaccine manufacturers

    07/27/2009 1:27:52 PM PDT · by bethybabes69 · 8 replies · 336+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 27th July 2009 | David Derbyshire
    A scientist who advises the Government on swine flu is a paid director of a drugs firm making hundreds of millions of pounds from the pandemic. Professor Sir Roy Anderson sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), a 20-strong task force drawing up the action plan for the virus.
  • Europe fast-tracking swine flu vaccine

    07/26/2009 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 532+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_med_swine_flu_vaccine_fast_track ^ | July 26 2009 11 mins ago | By MARIA CHENG, AP
    LONDON – In a drive to inoculate people against swine flu before winter, many European governments say they will fast-track the testing of a new flu vaccine, arousing concern among some experts about safety issues and proper vaccine doses. The European Medicines Agency, the EU's top drug regulatory body, is accelerating the approval process for swine flu vaccine, and countries such as Britain, Greece, France and Sweden say they'll start using the vaccine after it's greenlighted — possibly within weeks. In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's flu chief, warned about the potential...