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Swine Flu Vaccine Update

August 26th, 2009 No comments

Swine flu updates: Last month the United States federal government granted legal immunity to manufacturers of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, an important step to incentivize those with the resources to create the most important line of defense against the potentially killer flu. When paired with the vast stores of federal funding freed up by the CDC’s official pandemic declaration, this vital legal shielding provides the jump-start needed to begin protecting high-risk people from possible swine flu infection. Why do drug companies need incentive to save the world? They’re not altruistic?! It turns out that making vaccines for swine flu isn’t nearly as profitable as… doing things that drug companies do when they’re not making swine flu vaccine.

Keep waiting

Unfortunately we likely won’t see the first doses of swine flu vaccine until well into October 2010. More bad news, because we’re in such a rush to get this vaccine out the door, it likely won’t undergo as vigorous a testing regimen as past seasonal flu vaccines. Naturally some are worried that the hurried swine flu vaccine will not be as effective as a more deliberate pace would allow. OthersĀ  are concerned that manufacturers are allowed, nay are even encouraged to bypass important dosing tests.

If patients receive more swine flu vaccine than is necessary to prevent infection, too many people will have to wait for their vaccine shots. Conversely if the vaccine dosing is too weak, it will allow the vaccine to thrive in some infected individuals. The old adage, “Err on the side of caution” comes to mind. But the lines of caution in the battle against the swine flu pandemic are drawn in shades of gray.

Swine flu tracker tips

Wash your hands. Cover your mouth when you cough. Stay home if you’re sick. Tell your ill coworkers to go home. When you see a disgusting swine flu ridden sod coughing without covering his/her mouth, you tell that cretin to get some manners. Friends don’t let friends pass swine flu. Keep reading swine flu tracker.

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