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Monday, December 22, 2003

US Health Care On The Cheap: Our Excrutiating Pain--HHS department Covers Its Own Ass at Expense of Kids & Elderly

Influenza nearing epidemic levels in the US

By Debra Watson
22 December 2003

"...Influenza outbreaks continue to progress across the United States with the disease widespread in 36 US states, up from 24 in early December. The Centers for Disease Control now characterize the flu outbreak as a likely epidemic.

"The official count for child flu deaths has more than doubled from last week, from 20 to 42. With three months left in the flu season, stocks of vaccine are already depleted. Parents in Western states, where the flu season first took hold, are traveling hundreds of miles in search of vaccine for their children. At least 11 children have already died in Colorado from respiratory complications related to the flu, and some US schools have been forced to shut down because so many students are sick.

"The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun distributing an additional 100,000 doses of vaccine to health care providers in the US. An additional 375,000 are to be purchased in Europe. Because the current process used to manufacture flu vaccine includes a mandatory incubation period, none of the three US companies that make vaccines can manufacture more doses in time for this flu season.

"HHS and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) knew vaccine makers had cut the number of doses produced for the 2003-2004 to 83 million doses, down 12 million doses from the previous year, doing nothing to ensure ample supplies in anticipation of heavy demand. The half-million new doses distributed by HHS are a drop in the bucket, and it is becoming increasing clear that there will be little protection for the population at large if the outbreak develops into a full-blown epidemic..."

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