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Scared to death of swine flue vaccine? [Update]

Epidemiologist Tara C. Smith gently explains the wisdom of her decision to get swine flue vaccinations for her children. Blogging at Aetiology, she’s clear, accurate, devoid of pompous condescension and rich in links to additional information.

Jon Stewart gets the fundamentals right as well, although we don’t offer him as a substitute for Aetiology’s scientific detail:

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Eleven more children died of H1N1 last week. There is a single bottom line for the community – with appropriate vaccination, fewer will die and more will live to grow up.

There is going to be far more grief because there are vaccine production problems, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday:

Adding to the seriousness of the situation, manufacturing problems have delayed production of the H1N1 vaccine. Instead of reaching a goal of 40 million doses by the end of October, fewer than 30 million doses will be available, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during an afternoon press conference

Look here for a vaccination site.

Don’t give up.


October 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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