When pigs Fly

The above video is from Fox News and it discusses issues surrounding the Swine Flu vaccine. Dr. Kent Holtorf, an infectious disease expert, discusses how a one dose vaccine may not be effective in combating the H1N1 virus. Holtorf does not recommend the vaccine for people claiming it is "too big of a risk."

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 Many people worldwide began wearing protective masks due to the fear of contracting swine flu.
 (Cartoons for the Week of Aug. 9-15, 2009 Copyright © 2009 Creators Syndicate)




The Center for Disease Control Says...

"CDC recommends influenza vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. In response to ongoing, persistent 2009 H1N1 activity in the United States, CDC continues to encourage vaccination at this time for all persons 6 months of age and older. Anyone who wants to protect themselves against 2009 H1N1 should get vaccinated, however vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious complications from 2009 H1N1, including people with certain health conditions, the very young, and those people 65 years of age and older. The majority of 2009 H1N1 deaths have occurred in people between the ages of 50 and 64 years of age; 80 percent of whom have had an underlying health condition." For even more in depth advice on the H1N1 virus check out http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/.


There are many ethical dilemmas involving more than one aspect of the whole swine flu situation, concerning the vaccine, the measures taken to prevent the disease, and many more. People are concerned with who will be able to receive that vaccination first. The Central of Disease Center (CDC) takes the approach that medical providers, public safety personnel, and individuals essential to the functioning of key aspects of society get treated first. But the CDC is not clear on what qualifies a person to be important to the aspects of society, and does that mean that these people get the chance to be treated before people who are seriously ill.

There are also ethical issues with keeping the swine flu vaccination warnings under wraps.  Pharmaceutical companies have paid off for the CDC and other agencies to keep the warnings under wraps. But on the reverse side there is also alarm about if people can be forced to receive the vaccine, some people believe in the American right, that they can decide what is done to their own body. On the measures taken to protect the public, the governments may need to limit three basic personal freedoms: mobility, freedom of assembly, and privacy. The government hopes that the public can understand that they need to take drastic measures to prevent the spread of the disease. But citizens expect the government to provide food, shelter, and other basic needs for the people affected by the restrictive measures. In most countries the policies on swine flu are the same, but in Canada the swine flu vaccination has been suspended for people under the age of sixty-five. Studies show that people vaccinated against the flu are twice as likely to get the flu.

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