"Every day, bad things happen to people. When you vaccinate a lot of people in a short period of time, some of those things are going to happen to some people by chance alone," said Dr. Daniel Salmon, a vaccine safety specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Health authorities hope to vaccinate well over half the population in just a few months against swine flu, which doctors call the 2009 H1N1 strain. That would be a feat. No more than 100 million Americans usually get vaccinated against regular winter flu, and never in such a short period.
How many will race for the vaccine depends partly on confidence in its safety. The last mass inoculations against a different swine flu, in 1976, were marred by reports of a rare paralyzing condition, Guillain-Barre syndrome.
"The recurring question is, 'How do we know it's safe?'" said Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Clinic.
Of course anyone who has been studying vaccine side effects already knows that it causes all of these things, but the story here is that the insert for the swine flu vaccine itself is admitting all of these things. The insert says that it was updated during September 2009, so it reflects the very latest information.
------------------------------- Flu cases rise sharply in September: (Dailynews, 9/29/09) Since Sept. 1,2009, 10,000 Americans have been hospitalized from the flu - 98 percent from the H1N1 strain - of whom 936 died.From spring through Sept. 19, nearly 2,300 residents across the (California) state had checked into a hospital with swine flu, and 174 had died. Of those, 328 were hospitalized in Los Angeles County, including 33 deaths.
California public health officials are shipping 684,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine to hospitals, clinics and doctors. Shots are available now before the onset of winter flu season. And 250 million swine flu vaccines are now being prepared for shipment to medical offices across the U.S.
Beginning Oct. 5, California is expected to get 350,000 doses of H1N1 nasal spray vaccines, with another 4.5 million doses on the way. A week later, the state will receive 200,000 doses of injectable swine flu vaccine, with 18 million more doses throughout the year. Los Angeles county is expected to receive an initial 80,000 to 100,000 H1N1 doses.
This report by Fox News suggests the enforcement of compulsory vaccination in the State of Massachusetts. Massachusetts is moving on a law where they can force you to take the H1N1 vaccine if an "emergency" is declared.
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