[FoRK] Death Panels

Marty Halvorson marty at halvorson.us
Fri Nov 6 10:26:44 PST 2009

It would appear that death panels are already in place.  If you're old, 
you can't get the H1N1 vaccine because the CDC Guidelines for H1N1 don't 
include old folks.  But!  The seasonal vaccine you should get if you're 
old.  Seems that somebody somewhere has decided that old folks can die 
from H1N1.  Plus, if you work on Wall Street then you're to valuable to 
not get the vaccine.

" ... Dr. William Schaffner, a flu expert at Vanderbilt University, said 
allocation of limited vaccine is tricky. CDC guidelines provide a list 
of patients who should be at the front of the line: children and young 
people through age 24, people caring for infants under 6 months, 
pregnant women, health care workers, and adults with health conditions 
such as asthma and diabetes."

" ... People who should get the seasonal vaccine each year are:

    1. Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
    2. Pregnant women
    3. People 50 years of age and older
    4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
    5. People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
    6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for 
complications from flu, including:
          1. Health care workers
          2. Household contacts of persons at high risk for 
complications from the flu
          3. Household contacts and caregivers of children <5 years of 
age with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children <6 
months of age (these children are at higher risk of flu-related 

" ... To the list of hundreds of schools, hospitals, and community 
health centers that have received limited allocations of the H1N1 swine 
flu vaccine, you can now add some of New York's largest employers. In 
the past week or so 13 companies, including Citigroup (C) and Goldman 
Sachs (GS), have begun receiving small quantities of the vaccine, 
according to city health authorities."

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