[FoRK] Death Panels

Benjamin Black b at b3k.us
Fri Nov 6 10:48:33 PST 2009

H1N1, unlike most flu variants, is more aggressive toward young people
(under 60).  Hence, the guidelines are different.  Further, the normal,
seasonal vaccines provide no protection whatsoever.


"Epidemiologic patterns in the novel flu outbreak have consistently
shown the disease taking its hardest toll on younger people—in the
United States, 64% of the novel flu cases have occurred in the 5- to
24-year-old age-group. Officials have wondered if older people haven't
yet been exposed to the strain in the community or if another factor,
such as preexisting immunity, is providing some protection against the
virus. Only 1% of cases have occurred in people over age 65."


Marty Halvorson wrote:
> 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.
> http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jemnWB5veRnM9evI2vqkMks9HwkwD9BPM93G0
> " ... 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."
> http://www.cdc.gov/Flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
> " ... 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
> complications"
> http://www.goldmansachs666.com/2009/11/swine-flu-vaccine-shortage-not-at.html
> " ... 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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