Shortages of flu shots are spotty

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2009 - 11:02 PM

Early demand for the seasonal vaccine has caused some scattered delays, but an overall shortage is not anticipated.

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pickles4everSep. 18, 09 9:48 AM

Why wouldn't manufacturers focus on what can do the most harm to people? Swine flu is coming sooner than they thought, but they aren't makign enough? Why not?

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cambec0523Sep. 18, 0910:18 AM

US production of flu vaccine will fall short. Story yesterday stated that the US will share its flue vaccine with other nations. Really? Last time I checked the US government was responsible for "protecting" its ciitizens. Giving away flue vaccine to other nations may be a death sentence for those unfortunate US citizens that may have been vaccinated had the government not given it away.

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caresalotSep. 18, 0910:58 AM

I know several people who have contracted H1N1. For normal, healthy people, it isn't that big a deal...36 hr bug that isn't as debilitating as other strains from the past. It is problematic for people w/other health issues going on. And can disrupt schools and workplaces. But as far as harming people, not a big deal for most.

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jpkk12Sep. 18, 0911:10 AM

If you read the article it is talking about world production falling short of enough doses to protect everyone in the world. Also the nations they are talking about sharing it with are poor nations not other nations that could produce it for themselves. Are you saying the life of a pregnant woman in Ghanna is worth less than the life of a healthy individual who is turned away if supplies run short of demand here and rationing kicks in? Just because they were born in a poorer country? The pregnant woman is in far more danger(5x) according to reports from WHO so far.

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hfnorthSep. 18, 0912:21 PM

Just a couple of years ago, there was not enough seasonal vaccine in the US to protect all its citizens. I remember George W. Bush talking about it and stating that the US would get more Vaccine from both Canada and France. By your short sighted views, Canada and France should only protect its citizens and the USA can go screw itself. BTW, I hope you know that "pandemic" means global. The more people that don't come down with it the better off we all will be. One guy on an airliner can spread it around the entire cabin. Get out of your shell and look at the longer world view. It does affect YOU!

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FrankieSep. 18, 0912:55 PM

I had no problem in getting mine. Went to the Minute Clinic at downtown Target and got right in. The scare mongers are at it again.

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dancemonkeySep. 18, 09 1:00 PM

Headlines with word choices like "spot shortages" only serve to spread needless fear. One can still find shots at almost every corner pharmacy. This is the same tired story every year; the pharmaceutical companies using basic marketing techniques employed at Christmas by toy companies to create preserved shortages simply to boost sales. The fact that such deliberate manipulation of public perception occurs through journalists with no time to engage in any sort of investigative analysis is certainly unfortunate, although not wholly unexpected given the continuing shift from qualitative journalism to quantitative (how much copy can you write today) journalism. It should be pointed out that The British Medical Journal recently raised the important question, "Who's Funding WHO?" Given that this timely article brought to light the fact that drug companies are now indirectly funneling money to the World Health Organization, perhaps it's worth questioning some of the statements made by WHO, rather than simply regurgitating their every word and calling it news. Clearly the fact that WHO thinks it's reasonable to create 4.9 billion doses of flu vaccine in a single year tells us a lot about the influence of Big Pharma. Clearly no organization on the planet is more responsible for spreading fear about H1N1 than WHO.

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reaganlivesSep. 18, 09 1:29 PM

Just more "lets cause panic" headlines by the media for no reason

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JP55901Sep. 18, 09 2:28 PM

Okay, write a headline that you feel is more appropriate.

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biggertenSep. 18, 09 3:50 PM

"Most folks getting flu shot with little trouble"

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