More Swine Flu Vaccine Fear Tactics... Oh and a Vaccine Recall
Ok let me get this straight, they're recalling Swine Flu vaccines at the same exact time HHS is saying you better run out and get yours? WTF.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday AstraZeneca's MedImmune unit is voluntarily recalling some of its H1N1 swine flu vaccine because it was not as potent as it should be.
Norman Baylor, director of the office of vaccines research and review at the FDA, said the recall involves a total of 4.7 million doses of the company's nasal spray vaccine, but only about 3,000 of those doses are left in warehouses.
The rest of the doses were given out in October and November, when the vaccine was still at full potency, Baylor told reporters on a conference call.
The FDA said people who had already received the vaccine do not need another dose.
I'm one of those terrible parents who refused to plug my 6 year old full of Big Pharma chemicals and I stand by my decision. The choice to not get vaccinated myself was a personal one, as was the decision to keep that crap out of my kid's body. Boo me all you want, I did extensive research before his father and I agreed we did not want him vaccinated - now how long until the SF school district starts demanding it along with MMR and Hepatitis B?
Reuters (again) on the fear over the vaccines:
The CDC estimates that nearly 50 million Americans have been infected with swine flu and 10,000 have been killed by it.
While this is not as high as the usual 36,000 deaths from seasonal influenza, officials note that swine flu infects and kills young adults and children more than seasonal flu does. "None of us knows what the weeks and months ahead will bring in terms of influenza activity," Schuchat said.
Very little seasonal flu has circulated so far in the 2009-2010 season and CDC said about 113 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine were available or had been taken.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has contracts with five companies to make 251 million doses of H1N1 vaccine as well as seasonal flu vaccine -- Sanofi Aventis (SASY.PA), CSL of Australia (CSL.AX), AstraZeneca (AZN.N) (AZN.L) unit MedImmune and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L).
HHS and CDC are working to get the vaccine distributed in so-called big box stores like Wal-Mart (WMT.N). "People will be seeing it everywhere they go, we hope," Schuchat said.
"We think the H1N1 pandemic has really improved our ability to deliver vaccines to children through their schools," she added.
Well shit, this is a racket.
It goes without saying that I was absolutely mortified when I discovered my son's school pushing the vaccine on unsuspecting and mostly Spanish-speaking parents. Not sure who those fear tactics are supposed to work on but this pissed off Mama wasn't having any of it. Of course, Latin parents aren't the sort that buy into that sort of crap. Basta ya, bitches, you aren't coming near my little one with that stuff.
For those of you who are choosing not to partake in vaccine unawesomeness because Glenn Beck says so, I feel sorry for you.