20.11.09

H1N1 Flu

In a preview of things to come, the county I live in, as well as the rest of the State of North Carolina does not have enough H1n1 flu anti-virus. I know this because my wife attempted to find a place to take my 83 year old mother in law an injection today. After making a series of calls she did finally find one place that was issuing injections to people over 15 years old. If any one doesn't know what that is called I will tell you, it is called rationing. What is the reasoning behind this? First the waited too long to make the serum, then, they made only single use syringes, thus delaying the beginning of the innoculation period. This may be laid at the door of the president who is all too happy to be traveling around the world showing his face, than to doing waht he should in the United States. It is unfortunate that this can not be placed on G.W. Bush.

Now here is the bad story: Drug-resistant H1N1 reported at Duke hospital

As reported by WRAL, Chan 5, Raleigh, NC.

Durham, N.C. — Public health officials confirmed Friday that four patients at Duke University Hospital have a drug-resistant form of the H1N1 influenza virus.

The four patients have been treated at the hospital over the last six weeks, officials said. Last summer, health officials said two people in western North Carolina had a drug-resistant form of the virus.

“Our extensive investigation thus far has revealed that appropriate infection control procedures have been diligently practiced on this isolated unit, and throughout the hospital, and we have experienced no illness among employees taking care of these patients in the affected unit over this period of time,” Dr. Daniel Sexton, professor of medicine and director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, said in a statement. more...

In a related story...

Did U.S. make mistake in skipping vaccine additive?

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox, Health And Science Editor
Fri Nov 20, 12:36 pm ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As U.S. health officials struggle to vaccinate tens of millions of Americans against the pandemic of swine flu, some are looking regretfully at one easy way to instantly double or triple the number of doses available -- by using an immune booster called an adjuvant.

These additives, often as simple as an oil and water mixture, broaden the body's response to a vaccine, reducing the amount of active ingredient called antigen needed.

They are widely used in European flu vaccines as well as in Canada. But not in the United States -- even though the federal government has spent nearly $700 million buying them.

The reason -- people might not trust them. More...

Isn't it funny that the oldest are the first ones to suffer in rationing?

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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