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Sebelius takes to air waves to encourage Americans to get H1N1 vaccine

Worries about the H1N1 vaccine persist, but the nation's Secretary of Health says the vaccine is safe and necessary.

October 7, 2009

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Swine Flu Pandemic

An outbreak of H1N1 Swine Flu was reported in Mexico in April 2009. By the end of May, it had spread across the U.S., with all 50 states reporting cases.

— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine "safe and secure."

Sebelius unconditionally vouched for the safety of the vaccine, saying it "has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out."

Appearing on morning news shows to step up the Obama administration's campaign for vaccinations, Sebelius said that "the adverse effects are minimal. ... We know it's safe and secure. ... This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get."

Sebelius was asked on CNN about surveys showing many parents were wary of getting their children vaccinated for fear the vaccine has been too hastily prepared and wasn't safe. She replied that it was targeted specifically at the H1N1 virus and was "right on target with an immune response."

The HHS secretary appeared as new cases of the flu, particularly among younger people, have been appearing recently. Some 600 people have died so far from the flu in this country, and the government has targeted roughly 90,000 sites to receive the swine flu vaccine by the end of this month.

"This flu is a younger person's flu," Sebelius said on NBC's "Today" show. "Kids have no immunity to the flu ... children are great carriers of bugs and viruses."

Because of the danger of easy transmission, especially in school and day-care settings, Sebelius said, "We strongly urge parents to take precautionary steps. Flu kills every year ... and we've got a great vaccine to deal with it."

"There's going to be plenty of vaccine," the secretary said. "It's rolling off the production lines right now ... ahead of schedule, and that's good news... By the end of October we should have a substantial amount available and begin to vaccinate a wider population of folks."

Said Sebelius: "There's no question the disease is out there, which is why today we're rolling out PSAs (public service announcements) ... to make sure people take steps to help prevent the spread of the disease, and in the meantime we will push the vaccine out as quickly as we get it off the production lines."

Appearing on CBS's "The Early Show," she said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the President's Advisory Committee on Immunizations have identified five target populations: pregnant women, health care workers, children with underlying health conditions ages 6 months to 24 years, older Americans with underlying health conditions.

"That's a lot of people," Sebelius said. "That's about half the population."

"By the end of this week," she added,"we'll begin to have injectable vaccine also available. We're dealing with five production companies. That's very good news. But the vaccine will become available as the lines clear up. So as soon as we have any vaccine available, we're pushing it out to 90,000 sites around the country. The early going is a little bumpy but we'll have a good supply by October."

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 6 months ago

Way overblown. My kids have had it along with about half their school. Is Sebelius and others just trying to panic Ameicans over healthcare issues in general to sway public opinion? If Obama will invite 150 doctors with white coats to sit on on a whitehouse lawn photo-op, it's fairly easy to see how choreographed and micro-managed ObamaCare is by the Democratic party.

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ferretpop5 4 years, 6 months ago

After doing a considerable amount of research I have decided No!

Big Pharma is going to make billions off the swine flu vaccine just like they did back in 1976. There is one huge difference in their scheme this time around. They cannot be held liable for any harm caused by their insufficient testing of their vaccines.

Do some research folks. There is more danger in taking the vaccine than getting it. Start here:

Research scientist Wilton Alston, sums things up by saying about flu shots, “At best it appears that one is opting to inject a foreign substance with likely only 25–45% effectiveness while hoping that no side-effects occur. (Anyone care to pay for the chance to play Russian roulette?).”

p>LewRockwell.com October 6, 2007

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/13/Swine-Flu-Vaccine-Makers-to-Profit-50-Billion-a-Year.aspx

http://www.pandemicfluonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/truth-about-flu-shot.pdf

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/11/Swine-Flu-is-NOT-the-Problem---It-is-the-Vaccine-that-May-Harm-or-Kill-You.aspx

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2009/Swine-Flu-Vaccine-Should-Not-Be-Given-to-Children.aspx

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 6 months ago

Cheerleader much, Kathy Billious?

"safe?" 1. have the human trials even been completed and evaluated yet???? 2. has Kathy Billious gotten the vaccine herself??? 3. "safe" in Kathy Billious' case, safe is in the eye of, uh well, somebody...if you're not born yet, Kathy's certainly not safe for you.
4. anybody know if in 1976 there was an equivalent cheerleader to Kathy Billious? that swine flu vaccine killed a lot of people and I'll bet there were guvment cheerleaders like her then.
5. are the risks of the vaccine worse than the actual risks of the flu?
6. what if the loonie left zombies like Kathy Billious threw a dance and nobody came?

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Eride 4 years, 6 months ago

"denak (Anonymous) says… I was talking to my son's school nurse today and she said that anyone who has already been sick with the flu this year, has probably already had swine flu.

I guess that is me because I had it in September.

It wasn't that bad so I don't see the need for it…at least for most healthy teenagers and adults.

Certain population yes, but for most of us, I don't see how it is any worst than the regular flu.

Dena"

The nurse was most likely right. Seasonal flu doesn't become common until much later in the year. It doesn't mean you can't catch it... just that it is unlikely.

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denak 4 years, 6 months ago

I was talking to my son's school nurse today and she said that anyone who has already been sick with the flu this year, has probably already had swine flu.

I guess that is me because I had it in September.

It wasn't that bad so I don't see the need for it...at least for most healthy teenagers and adults.

Certain population yes, but for most of us, I don't see how it is any worst than the regular flu.

Dena

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Robert Kiefer 4 years, 6 months ago

All due respect Kathy, Any politician telling me a vaccine is safe is like being told we have wall street under control by the SEC. No sale!!!!!!

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ralphralph 4 years, 6 months ago

Gov (ret) Chatty Kathy = Still a Liar

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Boris 4 years, 6 months ago

Come on! The Huffington Post? If thei told me it would be daylight at dawn, I still wouldn'r believe them or you!

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bluerose 4 years, 6 months ago

suggested reading before bowing down to governmental and bigPharm recommendations:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-frank-lipman/swine-flu-what-to-do_b_286245.html

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Godot 4 years, 6 months ago

From the WSJ: TORONTO -- An unpublished Canadian study that suggests getting an annual flu shot may make it easier to contract swine flu has caused most provincial governments in Canada to postpone or limit seasonal-flu vaccination programs.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125487330214569325.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLTopStories

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mitchell09 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey LJW great story, but how about actually telling us where we might find the vaccine in Lawrence? Huh? Huh?

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gr 4 years, 6 months ago

"Sebelius said that "the adverse effects are minimal. ... We know it's safe and secure. ... This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get.""

Howwwwwl!

What is "safe"?

Only minimal "adverse" effects.

"has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out."

Maybe "made", but is it "inspected", "verified", "controlled", "monitored", etc. the same way?

And, this is assuming the seasonal vaccine is safe. According to the VAERS database, It's "safe" if you live past the first couple of days and then past the 30 day increased level, the probability of you dying is not so great.

No doubt, someone will bring up the "great success" in the reduction of polio reporting after the vaccine. Just like the above key words, the key word you need to focus on here is "reporting". What were considered symptoms of polio before the vaccine, what were considered symptoms of polio after the vaccine? What were the guidelines for determining if those symptoms were to be considered polio. Why were these symptoms and guidelines changed?

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Vinny1 4 years, 6 months ago

If you can't survive a case of the flu you wouldn't be alive right now.

Such an overreaction to all this.

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seriouscat 4 years, 6 months ago

Hasn't half the population of KS already had swine flu?

I'm no doctor, but neither is Kathy, and while I agree with her that it would be great if everyone on the planet went out and got vaccinated for the really scary, deadly stuff that seems like no-brainer vacs...tetenus, polio, diptheria etc etc...I can't help but feel jaded about the whole gung ho philosophy of the government and medical industry regarding vacs. Their position seems to be get every vaccination for every disease we tell you you need and don't ask questions, and that goes doubly so for your kids!

Whenever people act like evangelists I can't help but be skeptical.

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