National Emergency – The Swine Flu
A proclamation was recently signed by President Barack Obama in attempts to allow certain changes in medical standards with regards to Swine Flu vaccine production, in order to increase number of available doses. By signing this document certain requirements may be changed. At this time we are unsure what standards exactly will be changed.
It is unknown if this will decrease standards of production or the testing with regards to the Swine Flu.
Swine flu is definitely “Heating Up”.
The Seasonal Flu
A palpable concern by Americans for the Flu this year is evident. Up to this point in mid October almost 60 million Americans have received the flu vaccine. On average 100 million vaccines are given within a flu season. Typically most vaccines are given in the later part of the year.
Vaccine Production for the Swine Flu is less than adequate. Since both the flu vaccine and swine
flu vaccine are required to be produced separately the length of production has been pushed back.
Initially the government estimated 120 million doses of the Swine Flu vaccine would be available
as of mid-October. Currently only 11 million doses have been made available. This appears to be
one reason that Obama has declared a “National Emergency”
5 million additional doses are made available this past week alone.
According to the CDC, over 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the Swine flu with 100 of those being children.
20,000 hospitalizations are attributed as well. Almost all states have serious flu activity. All but 3 or 4 are largely affected.
Worldwide almost 5,000 deaths have been noted, but reporting countries does not appear consistent.