The U.S. vaccination campaign to combat swine flu is now in full force. The campaign could potentially include enough vaccinations to inoculate the entire U.S. population.
The government has invested over $2 billion in the vaccine and has over 250 million does as of now.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared Swine Flu a public health emergency this flu season. This is the first influenza epidemic in 41 years and is causing quite a scare. Children and pregnant women seem to be more susceptible to the flu, with 26 pregnant women having died from the flu. Oddly enough, the elderly, who are usually first priority, seem to be more resilient to the virus.
Though the government says they have enough to treat everyone, and it is voluntary, pregnant women and children are the priority. Anthony S. Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is leading the government’s testing of the vaccine said,
“There’s little doubt we’re going to vaccinate people. Who and when and exactly how — we have to figure out.”
A few celebrities have also come down with the nasty virus. Rupert Grint, aka, Ron Weasley, Sanjay Gupta, and Marylin Manson who was gracious enough to shoot snot rockets in to the crowd at a concert spreading his pathogens. Nice.
This is a scary thing, but it is best not to panic. Do your research and see if the pros out weigh the cons for you.
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