Re: Swine Flu Update, 1100 Dead So FarOct 28th, 2009
We've been told this was coming for months. Playing at semantics only proves your ignorance.
I mean the vaccine just rolled out in Canada this past week. They had the vaccine, but needed to perform at least some tests with it.
So my question is not semantical at all. How do you get a proven vaccine for a new pandemic?
The US food and drug investigated and tested the "swine flu" vaccine months ago, and declared it "safe" (barring the very few cases which are going to prove the rule). The US F&D is a very conservative element, and does not take its job lightly.
I can't get the vaccine (over 65), until it's released to us old fogies later in Nov., at which time, I shall. Any media hysteria concerning "side effects" should be documented and wafting away by that time.
For the record Nug, I'm not saying people shouldn't get the vaccine, I was merely pointing out that not getting a vaccine for a pandemic flu, just because the vaccine is unproven is asinine. It's not really proven until it's used wide scale. The whole point of vaccinations on mass scales like this are to reduce the pool of susceptible individuals, and thereby decrease the spread of infection.
We won't know how successful that is, which is not necessarily the vaccine efficacy, but more likely the efficacy of the vaccination program, until after the outbreak has passed.