[Vaccine company shills say more
mercury for the
kids with the 100% useless, fraudulent flu vaccine. White collar
Yet another load of
bull*** concocted by the Mengele clones! What we need is a revolution,
parents fighting for the parental rights and ready to kick arse!
Should read "Big Brother
Knows Best, Say Pharmaceutical Companies"
All Kids Must Get Flu Vaccine, Panel
Posted: 2008-02-27 19:58:55
WASHINGTON (Feb. 28) - All U.S. children aged from six months up to 18 should be
immunized every year against influenza, a panel of federal vaccine advisers said
The panel, which advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on
vaccine matters, agreed unanimously at its regular meeting in Atlanta that the
new recommendations should go into effect as soon as possible, but no later than
the 2009-2010 flu season.
The vote from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices would add
about 30 million children to the list of those who should be vaccinated, CDC
spokesman Curtis Allen said. The current recommendations cover children aged
6 months to 5 years old.
"There about 59 million (children aged 5 to 18) but a lot of those children
are already covered under current recommendations," Allen said in a
Based on current vaccination rates, the CDC predicts about 7 million
additional children will be vaccinated because of the expanded
Flu infects between 5 percent and 20 percent of the population each year and
kills an estimated 36,000 Americans in an average year, most of them
elderly. It can also kill young children, often previously healthy children.
The CDC said last week that 22 children had died in this year's flu season
so far. Flu is active in all 50 states now.
Last year, 68 children died of flu in 26 states during a very mild influenza
season, according to reports compiled by the CDC. Of them, 39 were aged 5 to
17 and more than 90 percent of all the children who died had not been
"We are very pleased," said Gary Stein of Families Fighting Flu, who spoke
to the meeting.
"Doctors follow these recommendations in advising their patients," added
Stein, whose 4-year-old daughter Jessica died of influenza in 2002. "Parents
read it, and vaccination rates are so low that this awareness strongly
follows the guidance."
Not Just a Routine Bug
Dr. Carol Baker, president of the National Foundation for Infectious
Babies aged 6 months to 2 years have a very high risk of complications and
death from flu, but only 20 percent were vaccinated against influenza in
2006-2007, even though they are regularly being vaccinated against other
diseases at this age.
"I think most parents do not understand how dangerous influenza is," Baker,
a pediatrician, said in a telephone interview.
"I think even some health care providers have that attitude, especially
those who choose not to vaccinate themselves and who spread flu to their
This year's flu vaccine is considered a poor match for two of the strains.
Because the virus mutates so quickly, the vaccine is usually formulated
afresh each year and includes three different strains of the virus.
For the next flu season beginning at the end of 2008, all three strains will
be replaced in the vaccines available globally, the CDC and World Health
Besides children, people aged 50 and older are advised to get annual flu
vaccines, as well as anyone with certain chronic medical conditions such as
cancer or diabetes, people in nursing homes and other long-term care
facilities, and caretakers of any of these groups.
Five companies now make flu vaccine for the U.S. market -- Sanofi Pasteur,
Australia's CSL Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Novartis AG and nasal spray maker
MedImmune, recently acquired by AstraZeneca Plc.
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