Inoculation Situation: Waiting for the H1N1 Vaccine

Friday, October 23, 2009

The federal government has thus far not been able to make good on its promise to deliver 120 million doses of the vaccine for H1N1, commonly known as swine flu. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 13 million doses have so far been delivered, leaving millions of Americans — including those at elevated risk for contracting the flu — unable to obtain it. We talk to Tom Skinner, spokesperson for the CDC, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former deputy commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration. They tell us why the shortage is partly a chicken and an egg problem...literally. We also speak to Alison Prange, who hasn't been able to get a vaccine for her 4-year-old daughter who has asthma.


Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Alison Prange and Tom Skinner

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A public health emergency declaration?

South Carolina's Emergency Health Powers Act (EHPA). It is important to understand that the EHPA is limited to natural disasters or health conditions that pose a substantial risk of a significant number of human fatalities, widespread illness, or a serious impact to the economy. The EHPA laws are not active on a day-to-day basis. They must be triggered by a formal declaration of a "public health emergency" by the governor, similar to the "state of emergency" declarations we see for hurricanes. A public health emergency declaration cannot continue in effect for more than 15 days without the consent of the General Assembly.

Now the Government can take away our rights, discriminate against us etc...

Oct. 26 2009 09:44 AM
Concerned in MSP

I am quite nervous as my 3 month old CANNOT have the vaccine, but my husband and I and my mother in law, who are the primary care givers, cant get it either. Scared to death I am gong to bring this home from work. So frustrating. Call the pediatrician, nope we cant vaccinate adults, call the OBGYN, nope your note pregnant... where do I get on the !@#$ list? We are considered priority group 2, who knows when it will finally get to us and how we will find out how to get it.

Oct. 25 2009 02:28 PM
brooklyn mom

Michaelangelo, I completely agree that it was irresponsible to read that email on air without challenging it. Vaccines do not cause autism. HOWEVER, the mumps outbreak in NJ almost 75% of the kids WERE vaccinated.

Oct. 23 2009 10:40 AM

Celeste! Vaccines DO NOT cause autism!! How can you read that listener's comment without challenging that claim! The pervasiveness of this unscientific myth persists precisely because these claims are unchallenged and given voice on shows like the takeaway. By contrast, the mumps outbreak in New Jersey and Brooklyn is very real and we will only continue to see a resurgence of this and other serious illnesses THAT WE HAVE VACCINATIONS FOR if we don't reaffirm strongly and often the importance and efficacy of vaccines.

Oct. 23 2009 10:06 AM
joanna chapin

Forget at least NYC and Philadelphia
the hospitals and doctors offices have run out
of seasonal flu vaccine.

Oct. 23 2009 08:44 AM

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