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August 2009 Archives

Iowa officials say no quarantine for swine flu 31 Aug 2009 Iowa public health officials are trying to alert the public that there is no truth to an Internet rumor that the state has instituted a quarantine for the H1N1 flu is untrue. Polly Carver-Kimm, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said a reporter from Kentucky called the department Monday, asking about something called the "facility quarantine order." [And, here is the nonexistent document: Iowa Department of Public Health - Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology, 'Local Board of Health Quarantine Isolation Rules:' Facility Quarantine Order. '6. Violations of order. If you fail to comply with this Quarantine Order you may be ordered to be quarantined in a more restrictive facility. In addition, failure to comply with this order is a simple misdemeanor for which you may be arrested, fined, and imprisoned. [This document has been saved on the CLG server.]

IDPH Issues Statement On Internet Quarantine Rumor 31 Aug 2009 The Iowa Department of Public Health issued a statement Monday on an Internet rumor circulating about an H1N1 quarantine document. IDPH officials said it's unknown who accessed a copy of the document [? Um, I did - for one] called Iowa’s "Facility Quarantine Order" that is now being shared on the Internet on some rumor Web sites and by e-mail. Department official said "IDPH wants to make it clear that Iowa has not issued any isolation and quarantine orders for novel influenza A (H1N1), and has no plans to issue any this fall." Officials said it is common for document templates to be prepared in case they are needed, but they said isolation and quarantine orders are "only rarely used in very specific situations." [Yup, it's the classic non-denial denial. IDPH: It's being 'shared on the Internet' because you uploaded it *to* the Internet. --LRP]

'We definitely reserve the right to take a look at someone, we can definitely take them off the plane.' 01 Sep 2009 Airlines say they're preparing for the return of swine flu this fall.. Rather than impose special measures to deal with the H1N1 virus, several U.S. carriers emphasize they'll follow long-standing policies that permit them to keep an ill person from flying, whatever the sickness. "We do definitely reserve that right to take a look at someone, and if they exhibit signs of having a communicable disease and flying is not in their best interest, we can definitely take them off and get them the medical care that they need," says Paul Flaningan, a Southwest spokesman.

'Chicago's schools plan to track real-time attendance for the first time to identify hotspots.' New York, L.A., Boston Set Up Swine Flu Vaccination Centers 01 Sep 2009 New York, Los Angeles and Boston are setting up swine flu centers to administer vaccinations as part of a plan to slow foment the spread of the virus that U.S. health officials have said may infect half the nation’s population. New York will offer free immunizations at elementary schools and distribute the vaccine through about 100 health clinics, according to plans released today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office. Los Angeles will give out shots at its fair grounds, Boston is letting city employees leave work for two hours to get vaccinated and Chicago’s schools plan to track real-time attendance for the first time to identify hotspots, spokesmen for those municipalities said.

Swine flu vaccine trial seeks volunteers 01 Sep 2009 Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine are looking for healthy adults to test a new swine flu vaccine mixed with an ingredient that could boost people's immune response. Adding such a chemical adjuvant to the vaccine could help stretch limited supplies by making a single dose more potent, researchers believe. [Why don't the pharma-terrorists test it on *themselves?*]

White House to Brief Obama on H1N1 Flu 31 Aug 2009 The White House is expected to hold a special briefing for President Barack Obama Tuesday on U.S. government preparations to combat H1N1 swine flu, a senior administration official confirmed.

Colombia president Uribe infected with swine flu 31 Aug 2009 Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe has contracted swine flu during a summit of Latin American leaders, a Colombian minister says. Social Protection Minister Diego Palacio said on Sunday that the 57-year-old leader began showing symptoms of the A(H1N1) virus on Friday, upon returning from a meeting of South American presidents in Bariloche, Argentina.

New flu hit estimated 10 percent of New Yorkers 30 Aug 2009 The new H1N1 swine flu is estimated to have infected about 800,000 people in New York City in the spring, a top U.S. health official said on Sunday, citing a study due to be released later this week.

Flu shot or get fired --About 25,000 Capital Region hospital workers 'need' the state-mandated shield, and the area's top sites say comply or quit 29 Aug 2009 (Albany, NY) Workers at Capital Region hospitals are going to have to get a flu shot this year or face losing their jobs. The hospital, which will pay for the vaccine, is insisting that almost all of its 7,000 employees get the shots, even those who work at off-site buildings such as the finance center in Delmar.

Hartsfield clinic to add kiosks for flu shots 30 Aug 2009 The medical clinic at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to open seven kiosks offering seasonal flu shots starting Sept. 15. The clinic dispensed about 10,000 flu shots last year, and the company that runs it is expanding the service this year because it expects heavier demand, said Rosemary Kelly, chief marketing officer of the AeroClinic.

'A mandatory flu vaccine policy like CAMC's is rare for U.S. hospitals, but it may soon become more common.' WVa hospital among few requiring flu vaccines 29 Aug 2009 As flu season approaches, West Virginia's largest hospital has given its employees a choice: Get a flu vaccine or find another job. Charleston Area Medical Center wants to get roughly 6,000 workers immunized 'against' seasonal flu to protect patients from the ailment. A mandatory flu vaccine policy like CAMC's is rare for U.S. hospitals, but it may soon become more common. A New York state law takes effect this month requiring hospitals to provide records showing all their workers have seasonal flu vaccinations or face fines, and the impending arrival of a [deadly] swine flu vaccine has policymakers looking for ways to get it to large numbers of people in a short amount of time.

UN warns over swine flu in birds 27 Aug 2009 The discovery of swine flu in birds in Chile raises concerns about the spread of the virus, the UN warns. Last week the H1N1 virus was found in turkeys on farms in Chile. The UN now says poultry farms elsewhere in the world could also become infected. Scientists are worried that the virus could theoretically mix with more dangerous strains.

WHO warns of severe form of swine flu 28 Aug 2009 Doctors are reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs, causing severe illness in otherwise healthy young people and requiring expensive hospital treatment, the World Health Organization said on Friday. WHO said it was advising countries in the Northern Hemisphere to prepare for a second wave of pandemic spread. [Well, knock me over with a feather! Due to the fact that health-care workers do not want mercury-laden, squalene-filled, Polysorbate 80 cancer sticks, manufactured (along with the pandemic itself) with legal immunity granted on 17 July, the World Homicide Organization and the White House are kicking the swine flu threat propaganda dissemination into high gear. --LRP]

H1N1 Vaccine to Be Offered At Airport Kiosks 28 Aug 2009 Atlanta-based AeroClinic announced it will start offering the H1N1 flu shot to travellers at a series of concourse based kiosks at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. AeroClinic will have seven locations set-up to offer the vaccine as soon as it becomes available. Starting September 15, the privately held company will begin offering the seasonal flu vaccine.

Swine flu vaccine program in jeopardy 28 Aug 2009 (AU) The Federal Government's plan to immunise the population against swine flu is in chaos because doctors' insurers may not cover them to administer the jab, saying inadequate testing and the possibility of spreading other infections mean there is too high a risk that patients will sue them later. Despite weeks of crisis talks, the Government has refused to underwrite doctors' liability for the vaccinations, and medical groups say the program - due to start as early as mid-September - cannot proceed unless doctors are insured.

E.U. Officials Do Not Say Whether Vaccinations Could Be Mandatory 26 Aug 2009 European Union health officials issued a list Tuesday of people who should be the first in line for vaccinations against the H1N1, or swine flu, virus. The officials, who represent 27 E.U. countries and the European Commission, did not say whether vaccinations could be mandatory in some cases, although some governments, including Britain, have already ruled out that possibility.

Flu fascism in West Virginia: CAMC will require flu shots --Employees will be fired if they don't get vaccinated by Dec. 15 26 Aug 2009 (WV) Charleston Area Medical Center employees must get seasonal flu shots this year or risk losing their jobs. All CAMC Health System workers must get vaccinated by Dec. 15 or their employment will be terminated, CAMC said in its August newsletter Vital Signs.

100 suspected swine flu cases at Georgia Tech 26 Aug 2009 Georgia Tech spokesman Matt Nagel says there have been about 100 suspected cases in just one week on the Atlanta campus, with 12 of them confirmed as the highly contagious H1N1 virus. He said the 18,000-student university is asking those who have flulike symptoms to isolate themselves for a few days.

Carnegie Mellon confirms 26 swine flu cases --Ill students have been placed in isolation in on-campus facility 26 Aug 2009 Carnegie Mellon University has confirmed another eight cases of swine flu, bringing the total number of sick students to 26. CMU's director of student health services Anita Barkin says the H1N1 flu virus hit the campus just days before classes officially begin on Monday.

Report: 30 Texas college students sick 27 Aug 2009 At least 30 Texas Christian University students are sick with flu-like symptoms. Dallas-Fort Worth television station KTVT reports that number has nearly tripled in the past two days. The Fort Worth university posted a statement Monday on its Web site indicating at least 10 students were sick with the H1N1 virus.

Judge denies group's bid to block swine flu vaccine 26 Aug 2009 A judge on Wednesday denied an advocacy group's bid to prevent the government from giving pregnant women flu vaccines with a preservative that contains mercury. Leaders of the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs say their effort took on a new urgency when a government advisory committee recently recommended that pregnant women be among the first people to get swine flu vaccinations when the vaccine becomes available this fall.

Health-care workers steer clear of swine flu vaccine --Many health-care workers have made it obvious that they are unwilling to be vaccinated. 26 Aug 2009 A new study finds that the majority of health-care workers refuse to take the swine flu vaccine due to its possible side effects. According to a study published in British Medical Journal, more than half of health-care workers around the world are worried about the side effects of the new vaccine. Doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine are also reported as another main reason for them declining the vaccine.

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of H1N1 Test for U.S. Troops Serving Overseas --'The FDA worked quickly with the Defense Department to authorize the use of this test.' 25 Aug 2009 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that allows a 2009 H1N1 influenza virus test to be used to detect the virus in troops serving overseas. The EUA allows the U.S. Department of Defense to distribute the H1N1 test to its qualified laboratories that have the required equipment and trained personnel to perform the test and interpret its results. An EUA authorizes the use of unapproved medical products (i.e., deadly vaccines) or unapproved uses of approved medical products during a declared public health emergency.

Half of GPs refuse swine flu vaccine over testing fears --Of those who said they did not want to jab, 71 per cent said it was because of safety concerns. 25 Aug 2009 Up to half of family doctors do not want to be vaccinated against swine flu. GPs will be first in the line for the jabs when they become available but many will decline, even though they will be offering the vaccine to their patients. More than two thirds of those who will turn the jab down believe it has not been tested enough. A week ago, a poll of nurses showed that a third would turn down the opportunity of being vaccinated against swine flu.

Feds to launch massive propaganda campaign on 'safety' of swine flu vaccines --The federal government will spend about $16 million on outreach propaganda to convince people of the 'need' to get the swine flu vaccine. 25 Aug 2009 Federal authorities plan to launch a massive campaign in the coming weeks to convince Americans to get the swine flu vaccine and to erase any public skepticism about the flu's danger and the safety of immunizations. Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has manufacturers working overtime to produce a vaccine for the swine flu by mid-October, government officials are concerned [!?!] that demand for immunization will not be high.

CDC's Advice: Swine Flu Shots for All 25 Aug 2009 The first swine flu precaution that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests for parents: As soon as a vaccine is available, try to get it for everyone in your family. "We're going to continue to stress that the vaccine is the most important thing that parents can do to protect their children," said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman [We'll pass on the mercury-laden, squalene-filled, Polysorbate 80 cancer sticks, manufactured (along with the pandemic itself) with legal immunity granted on 17 July, to enhance Barack Opharma's corpora-terrorists' coffers.]

Swine flu could cause as many as 90,000 US deaths: WHouse --Epidemic's resurgence could 'produce infection of 30-50 percent of the US population this fall and winter' 24 Aug 2009 Swine flu could infect as much as half of the US population this fall and winter and cause up to 90,000 deaths, President Barack Obama's 'science' advisors warned Monday. Laying out a "plausible scenario" for the epidemic's impact in the United States, the report painted a grim picture of stress on the US health care system as it struggles to cope with a flood of flu patients.

CLG: Exposed: The Swine Flu Hoax By Andrew Bosworth, Ph.D. 24 Aug 2009 If the current H1N1 swine flu virus does become abnormally lethal, there would be three leading explanations: first, that the virus was accidentally released, or escaped, from a laboratory; second, that a disgruntled lab employee unleashed the virus (as happened, according to the official version of events, with the 2001 anthrax attack); or third, that a group, corporation or government agency intentionally released the virus in the interests of profit and power. Each of the three scenarios represents a plausible explanation should the swine virus become lethal. The 1918 flu virus was dead and buried -- until, that is, scientists unearthed a lead coffin to obtain a biopsy of the corpse it contained.

Swine Flu Could Kill 90,000: White House --Could infect half the U.S. population this year 24 Aug 2009 Swine flu could infect half of the U.S. population and kill as many as 90,000, more than twice the number of casualties incurred in a typical seasonal flu. The White House said in a report today that President Obama has been encouraged to push for quicker and more widespread vaccine production and appoint a staffer to be in charge of the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported. [The pharma-terrorists' vaccine police state push is exploding as organizations such as CLG expose the H1N1 virus (likely created at Fort Detrick and disseminated by Baxter) fraud, following the same path -- and by the same perps -- as the 'Saddam Hussein has WMD' terrorists. We are on to you. --LRP]

Flu Strategists See Schools on Front Line --In a Fairfax County 'Schools Are the Front Lines in Flu Prevention' pamphlet, principals are advised that children who go to school sick are to be given surgical masks and placed in an isolation room. 24 Aug 2009 Schools are likely to serve as centers for mass immunizations, which could sharply reduce H1N1's reach, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities... Still waiting to be resolved are questions about who gets the vaccine, whether schools are used as vaccination sites, whether parents are present when children are vaccinated and whether the vaccine is administered by injection or nasal spray. Health officials in Virginia, Maryland and the District said that at least some school campuses will be used as vaccination sites.

Sources: Two Miami Dolphins corners tested for swine flu --Sean Smith and Jason Allen were suffering from flu-like symptoms; the team told the players not to attend Saturday's game. 23 Aug 2009 The Dolphins advised their players Saturday morning that two of their teammates would not attend Saturday night's game out of fear that both contracted swine flu, but test results have not yet indicated whether such fears are warranted. Cornerbacks Sean Smith and Jason Allen fell ill late last week, suffering from flu-like symptoms, which led to the team's decision to treat the situation with extreme caution by telling the players to increase their hygiene practices.

'The government is prepared to buy enough to vaccinate every person.' [Well, they can save on my dose. 'I want to be one less.' Yes, that's the Merck Gardakill campaign slogan. We're taking it as our own, against Baxter's mercury, squalene, cancer-landen shots.] Government Plans 'Mass Vaccination Events' In Vast Swine Flu Effort --"There's little doubt we're going to vaccinate people," said Anthony S. Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who is leading the government's testing of the vaccine. 23 Aug 2009 Government health officials are mobilizing to launch a massive swine flu vaccination campaign this fall that is unprecedented in its scope -- and in the potential for complications. The campaign aims to vaccinate at least half the country's population within months. Local officials are drafting plans tailored to their communities. The shots in the arms and squirts up the nose will happen in schools, medical offices, hospitals, public health clinics, workplaces, drug stores and at mass vaccination events, possibly including drive-through clinics in parking lots where people would stick their arms out their car windows for a stab.

Vaccine caution --Swine flu vaccine could be a recipe for disaster By Colin G. Fink, Micropathology Ltd, University of Warwick 20 Aug 2009 Sir, Dr David Salisbury does NHS nurses an injustice by saying that they have a duty to their patients to be vaccinated against swine flu (report, Aug 18). Their caution is based on the experience in the US where an influenza vaccine was withdrawn during a previous influenza outbreak when the vaccine was found to cause many cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (an ascending paralysis that may also affect sensory nerves). Adequate safety trials are a prerequisite for any new vaccine and require volunteers who are not morally blackmailed. The new vaccine for the pandemic strain is being trialled on nursing staff.

Government's Tamiflu advice is wrong, says WHO 22 Aug 2009 Only seriously ill and vulnerable patients should be prescribed antiviral drugs to help them to get over swine flu, the World Health Organisation said yesterday, in advice which conflicts with the decision taken by the British Government to prescribe Tamiflu to everyone with swine flu. Most people will recover from swine flu within a week, just as they would from seasonal forms of influenza, the WHO said.

Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) gains on UNH swine flu assurances 21 Aug 2009 Sanofi-Aventis shares are rising today after health insurer Unitedhealth Group announced that it would fully cover swine flu vaccinations, even for members that do not have immunizations typically covered. As one of the drugmakers that is producing a swine flu vaccine, SNY stands to benefit.

WHO predicts 'explosion' of swine flu cases 21 Aug 2009 The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and governments must boost preparations for a swift response, the World Health Organization said Friday. There will soon be a period of further global spread of the virus, and most countries may see swine flu cases double every three to four days for several months until peak transmission is reached, said WHO's Western Pacific director, Shin Young-soo.

Colleges Warned About Fall Flu Outbreaks on Campus 20 Aug 2009 Federal officials said Thursday that colleges should consider suspending classes this fall if the H1N1 flu virus begins to cause severe illness in a significantly larger share of students than last spring. A guidance document released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses "self-isolation" of sick students and employees until a full day after fever subsides.

Doctors warn: swine flu vaccine poses too many risks 20 Aug 2009 MARK COLVIN: The country's top infectious diseases body has written to the Government to warn that the swine flu vaccine is being distributed too hastily, with too many risks for the public. The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases says the vaccine will come in multi-dose vials. It says these have been shown to transmit infection, spread HIV and hepatitis and even cause death. The Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Government expects to receive two million doses by the end of next week, and a widespread immunisation program could start by mid-September. But the infectious diseases doctors say the swine flu threat has now passed, and there's no need for urgent mass vaccination.

Infectious disease risk in swine flu jabs 21 Aug 2009 Leading infectious disease experts have called on the Federal Government to abandon its mass swine-flu vaccination plan because of fears the vaccine is a contamination risk that could spread blood-borne diseases. Health Minister Nicola Roxon yesterday announced that the Government would start deploying its first batch of swine-flu vaccine in coming weeks. But in a letter sent to Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer Jim Bishop, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases expresses deep concern about CSL's use of multi-dose vials for the vaccine and urged the Government to abandon its plan until it had single-dose vials.

Two million shots for most at risk of swine flu 20 Aug 2009 Millions of Australians will be vaccinated 'against' the deadly swine flu within weeks... Federal health authorities are still awaiting safety data from vaccine manufacturer CSL before approving the massive vaccination program, which will be closely watched overseas. It is believed the Government is not fully satisfied with initial information provided by the company.

Quarantine threat to non-immunised kids 20 Aug 2009 The Ministry of Health says non-immunised children may be quarantined at home to contain the spread of measles. It is renewing calls for parents to get their children immunised against the disease, or risk having well children sent home from school.

N.Y. health facilities required to provide flu shots, report vaccine refusals 19 Aug 2009 New York’s State Hospital Review and Planning Council has approved an emergency regulation requiring each healthcare facility to provide or arrange for influenza vaccinations for personnel, at no cost to its workers, either at the facility or elsewhere. The vaccinations and appropriate documentation need to happen by Nov. 30 of each year, the regulation said... The state’s nursing homes must offer flu vaccines to staff and residents and report any refusals to be vaccinated.

Pregnant Women in D.C. Area Cautious About Shot 20 Aug 2009 They are usually urged not to drink coffee, sip wine or pop aspirin. But now pregnant women find themselves high atop the federal government's priority list for those who ought to receive the new [deadly] swine flu vaccine -- a prospect that some mothers-to-be are greeting with caution. A surprisingly low number of pregnant women -- less than 15 percent -- do so, according to the CDC.

CSL Fiscal Year Profit Jumps 63% Boosted By Flu Vaccine Orders 18 Aug 2009 CSL Ltd., the world's second-largest maker of human plasma products, said Wednesday full-year net profit rose 63% boosted by flu vaccine orders and it expects further profit growth ahead. Profit in the year ended June 30 rose to A$1.15 billion, from A$701.8 million a year earlier, as total revenue grew 32% to A$5.04 billion, from A$3.80 billion in fiscal year 2008.

Swine flu closes Ky. school for a week 18 Aug 2009 A central Kentucky public school has been closed for the week after students and teachers became ill and an eastern Kentucky school is shut down because of swine flu. In Boyle County, Junction City Elementary School is closed until next week. School officials said dozens of students and several teachers were absent on Monday -- most of them with flulike symptoms.

A third of nurses will refuse to have the swine flu jab 18 Aug 2009 Up to a third of nurses will say no to the swine flu jab because of concerns over its safety, a poll has found. NHS workers are first in line for the vaccine, but a survey of 1,500 nurses found many will reject it. The poll, by Nursing Times magazine, will raise questions over the Government's planned mass vaccination programme.

Tamiflu puts 600,000 at greater risk of a stroke 19 Aug 2009 GPs have been put on alert over fears that Tamiflu can put some people at greater risk of suffering a stroke. A Government watchdog is concerned that the anti-swine flu drug can interact with the blood-thinning medication warfarin, which is taken by more than 600,000 people in the UK. The combination can dangerously thin the blood, putting patients at risk of uncontrolled bleeding which can lead to a stroke.

'A swine flu jab was blamed for more deaths than the disease itself.' Swine flu vaccine linked to deadly breathing disease 16 Aug 2009 Doctors have been put on alert for a deadly disease linked to swine flu jabs. The Health Protection Agency has told neurologists to look out for a rise in Guillain-Barr Syndrome - in which paralysis of the breathing muscles can cause death by suffocation - when vaccination starts in the next few weeks. The link was made following a mass immunisation programme in the U.S., in which a swine flu jab was blamed for more deaths than the disease itself.

DH director of immunisation tells nurses they have a 'duty' to have swine flu jab --Survey reveals one third of frontline nurses do not want the jab 17 Aug 2009 The Department of Health’s director of immunisation Professor David Salisbury has said nurses have a responsibility to be vaccinated against swine flu, after a Nursing Times survey reveals one third of frontline nurses do not want the jab. Up to a third of frontline nurses are not currently planning to get immunised against swine flu when the vaccine becomes available later this year, a snapshot survey by Nursing Times reveals.

Doctors on lookout for Guillain-Barré symptoms in swine flu patients 16 Aug 2009 Doctors treating swine flu patients have been instructed to monitor the incidence of a rare nerve disease that has been linked to the body’s immune response to flu-like illnesses. Neurologists will study the occurrence of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects the nervous system and can cause temporary paralysis, during the swine flu pandemic and vaccination programme.

Pharma-terrorists fight over their WMDs: Novartis sues Glaxo Smith Kline over vaccine patent 16 Aug 2009 Novartis, the Swiss drugs giant, has launched a legal action against Glaxo Smith Kline claiming that its larger rival is infringing one of its patents. The move, which will be fiercely resisted by the British company, is the latest twist in a bitter dispute that centres on the techniques used to produce a set of vaccines... Vaccines in particular are becoming a growth area for the big pharma companies.

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America 15 Aug 2009 A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter. The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins. It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.

Children Will Be Flu Vaccine Guinea Pigs 14 Aug 2009 (UK) Children and babies with under­lying health conditions will get the new swine flu vaccine before it has even passed clinical trials, it emerged last night. Fears were raised the drug is being rushed through before it has been properly tested on vulnerable groups such as babies, putting lives at risk. The Department of Health confirmed last night that none of the 900 children taking part in safety tests are believed to be under three but babies with health problems will be among the first to get the vaccine.

Illinois schools considering flu vaccination plans 16 Aug 2009 Vaccination clinics for swine flu could take place in some Chicago high schools this fall, but nobody should expect flu shots in elementary schools or in every school building, one health official said. Authorities are making tentative plans to distribute swine flu vaccine to clinics, hospitals and retail pharmacies in Chicago, and to hold mass vaccination clinics at large facilities scattered across the city.

Swine flu drug advice rejected by government --Ministers pressed ahead with prescription despite concern from advisory panel 16 Aug 2009 The government rejected advice from its expert advisers on swine flu, who said there was no need for the widespread use of Tamiflu and suggested that the public should simply be told to take paracetamol. An independent panel set up by the Department of Health warned ministers that plans to make the stockpiled drug widely available could do more harm than good, by helping the flu virus to develop resistance to the drug. But ministers pressed ahead with a policy of mass prescription, fearing the public would not tolerate being told that the millions of doses of Tamiflu held by the state could not be used during a pandemic, one of the committee members has told the Guardian.

Mutant Polio Virus Spreads in Nigeria --124 Children Afflicted This Year By Paralyzing Disease, Believed to Be Caused By Same Vaccine Used to Fight It 14 Aug 2009 Polio, the dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is spreading in Nigeria. And health officials say in some cases, it's caused by the vaccine used to fight it. In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa. So far, 124 Nigerian children have been paralyzed this year - about twice those afflicted in 2008.

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America 15 Aug 2009 A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter. The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins. It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine. The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.

International Swine Flu Conference August 19-20, 2009 Workshop: August 21, 2009 - Washington, DC (New-Fields.com/ISFC) --Concurrent Breakout Session #1 Mass Fatality Management Planning Develop and implement training and exercise programs; Direct fatality management tactical operations; Activate fatality management operations; Conduct morgue operations; Manage ante-mortem data; Conduct final disposition --Session #7 First Responders: Fire Department Protect fire department first responders from falling ill & from being hurt in civil disturbances; Effectively transition into All-Hazards Incident Management Responders; Effectively undertake mass vaccinations; Enforce quarantines --Session #8 First Responders: Fire Department Protect public works first responders from falling ill or being hurt in civil disturbances

Glaxo Starts Testing Swine Flu Vaccine With Additive --Vaccine contains experimental adjuvant additive 14 Aug 2009 GlaxoSmithKline Plc has started clinical tests on its experimental swine flu vaccine, completing enrollment for the first of 16 studies planned. Glaxo, of London, said the first trial of adults ages 18 to 60 in Germany is part of a program to test the vaccine in 9,000 infants, children and adults in Europe, Canada and the U.S., the drugmaker said in an e-mailed statement today.

'In some cases, it's caused by the vaccine used to fight it.' Vaccine spreading polio in Nigeria, health officials warn 14 Aug 2009 Polio, the dreaded paralyzing disease stamped out in the industrialized world, is spreading in Nigeria. And health officials say that in some cases, it’s caused by the vaccine used to fight it. In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning that this vaccine-spread virus might extend beyond Africa.

National Guard drill at high school to prepare for possible H1N1 riot 13 Aug 2009 (ME) Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School will be the site of a National Guard riot control drill Thursday morning to prepare in the event of a panic over distribution of serum to treat the swine flu. The school on Route 26 at the Paris-Norway town line has been designated by state officials as a distribution site for the H1N1 flu vaccine. The drill is to prepare for a worst-case scenario should the serum have to be transported from Augusta and people rush to get it. On Thursday morning, four or five National Guard Humvees will travel from Augusta to Paris with vials of fake serum. The National Guardsmen will take on the roles of panicked citizens and military police and practice what they would do, such as using tear gas, in the case of a riot. Plans were developed in April [?] to have vials of serum sent from the federal government to Augusta, Parker said... Local police chiefs have also been involved in the planning, Parker said. In a real event, local police would be in charge of security once the serum arrives in Paris.

State deputizes dentists, others to help with vaccinations --State takes extra steps to battle flu in fall 13 Aug 2009 Massachusetts health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain expected to make a return visit in the fall. In another emergency measure, regulators directed hospitals and clinics to provide [deadly] vaccine to all their workers and some volunteers.

Swine flu vaccinations plans revealed --First swine flu vaccinations on the way for more than 13m Britons 13 Aug 2009 More than 13 million Britons will be offered the first doses of a vaccine against swine flu this autumn, in a dramatic move which the government says will save lives. The initial stage of a mass immunisation campaign will see almost 11 million people in four priority groups, mostly those whose health puts them at risk from the pandemic, invited to have a course of two injections three weeks apart, probably starting in October.

German health expert warning: Does virus vaccine increase cancer risk? --German health expert Wolfgang Wodarg has given a shock warning about the swine flu virus vaccine - does it increase the risk of cancer? 07 Aug 2009 Lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg has said that there are many risks associated with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus. He has grave reservations about the firm Novartis who are developing the vaccine and testing it in Germany. The vaccination is injected "with a very hot needle", Wodarg said. The nutrient solution for the vaccine consists of cancerous cells from animals and "we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction". But more importantly, some people fear that the risk of cancer could be increased by injecting the cells. The vaccine - as Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, has pointed out - can also cause worse side effects than the actual swine flu virus. Wodrag also described people’s fear of the pandemic as an "orchestration": "It is great business for the pharmaceutical industry," he told the 'Neuen Presse'. Swine flu is not very different from normal flu.

Startling New Evidence That The 'Swine Flu' Pandemic Is Man-Made --Novartis Patent Detailed And Mass Murder Charged By A. True Ott, PhD, ND 26 Jul 2009 I submit this paper will provide more than enough hard evidence to at least result in a series of criminal indictments of charges of MASS MURDER, and CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT WORLD GENOCIDE against Novartis Pharmaceutical principals and agents and others. The Primary Motive behind this alleged criminal activity is also the primary cause of most murders in the world today, and that motivation is simply: BIG MONEY. Billions of Dollars of windfall profits from government contracts worldwide, as a matter of fact.

96 cases, mostly U.S. soldiers, diagnosed with A/H1N1 flu in Iraq 12 Aug 2009 The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced Wednesday it registered 96 cases of A/H1N1 virus, including 67 cases among the U.S. soldiers in the country.

Operation Fax to Stop the Vax 13 Aug 2009 Please download and this flyer and distribute everywhere!

Swine flu may have peaked, experts say 13 Aug 2009 An expected second wave of pandemic influenza which was expected to strike Britain later this year may turn out to be less dangerous than previously thought, according to some of the world's leading flu experts. Scientists are having second thoughts about whether they were right to expect a more lethal form of H1N1 swine flu virus to emerge this autumn following a re-evaluation of previous influenza pandemics.

Health agency adopts rules to increase flu vaccinations 12 Aug 2009 (MA) State public health authorities today adopted emergency measures designed to boost flu vaccination rates among healthcare workers and to allow dentists, pharmacists, and paramedics to administer influenza shots. The state Public Health Council, an appointed board of doctors, consumer advocates, and policy specialists, voted unanimously to require hospitals and clinics to provide flu vaccine to all their workers and certain volunteers. Infectious disease specialists have long recommended that medical employees be vaccinated, but studies have shown that barely half of workers wind up being inoculated against the viral illness. Even with the emergency action taken today, medical employees could still decline to be vaccinated. [Right, they're not stupid. They don't want a mega-dose of mercury, squalene, Polysorbate 80 and insect eggs. See: Baxter not to provide anti-swine flu vaccine to Czechs --Czech Health Ministry: Baxter unable to guarantee vaccine is safe, won't be responsible for its side-effects 03 Aug 2009; Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' 17 Jul 2009.]

Drug to combat swine flu leaves '1,000 patients in suffering' --Officials insist Tamiflu is safe as reports of side effects continue to rise 12 Aug 2009 Health officials yesterday defended the Government's policy of giving the antiviral drug Tamiflu to everyone claiming to be suffering from the symptoms of swine flu despite more than 400 reports of adverse drug reactions since the start of the outbreak. Critics of the policy of widespread distribution of Tamiflu have also warned that people who fail to complete the course of treatment may be fuelling the evolution of drug-resistant forms of the type of H1N1 influenza A virus behind the swine flu pandemic.

'Right now, we cannot stand here and tell you what the vaccination plan is going to look like. We have no idea.' Fairfax Schools Air CDC's Strategy for Swine Flu's Return 12 Aug 2009 The expected resurgence of swine flu this fall could lead some public schools to become mass inoculation clinics. Infected students could be forced to wear surgical masks and put in isolation rooms before being sent home. But school officials predict that the wave of school closings that caused much angst in the spring is unlikely to be repeated... Once testing is complete, the vaccine is to be given to states and local governments and administered to millions of Americans, starting with vulnerable populations such as children and young adults, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems. One option discussed would use schools as mass inoculation clinics.

Qld records first 'non-vulnerable' swine flu death 12 Aug 2009 Queensland has recorded its first swine flu death of a person who is not in a vulnerable category. A Queensland Health spokesman has confirmed the man, aged in his 40s, died in Mackay Base Hospital in north Queensland on Sunday. The man is the 21st person in Queensland to die from the virus.

First Flu Victim's Family Intends to Sue City 12 Aug 2009 The wife and three sons of the first person [Mitchell Wiener] to die during the latest swine flu outbreak in New York, an assistant principal at an intermediate school in Queens, have notified the city that they intend to file a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the city.

Alarm grows over Tamiflu for children 12 Aug 2009 The government last night attempted to calm the fears of worried parents by insisting that the anti-viral Tamiflu was an appropriate treatment for children with swine flu. The Department of Health issued a statement underlining its confidence in the drug following a TV presenter's claim that his daughter "almost died" after taking Tamiflu and a watchdog reported a surge in the number of people suffering side-effects.

Vaccine trials off to fast start for pandemic flu 10 Aug 2009 Early Monday, Nicholas Sarakas, 25, rolled up his sleeves for an injection in each arm, becoming one of dozens of adults enrolling in an unprecedented flurry of fast-track flu vaccine trials that will grow to include 11,131 adults and 5,740 children, with more trials planned... Studies of several thousand volunteers aren't big enough to detect more subtle [!] side effects such as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

8 cities in US line up for swine flu vaccine test 10 Aug 2009 Hundreds of Americans in eight cities are lining up for experimental swine flu shots in a race to get a vaccine out in case the new flu virus regains strength this fall and winter. Sharon Frey, who is leading the government-funded testing at Saint Louis University, said scientists have been working late nights and weekends to organize the studies and recruit volunteers.

Flu drugs 'unhelpful' in children 10 Aug 2009 Research has cast doubt on the policy of giving antiviral drugs to children for swine flu. Work in the British Medical Journal shows Tamiflu and Relenza rarely prevent complications in children with seasonal flu, yet carry side effects. Although they did not test this in the current swine flu pandemic, the authors say these drugs are unlikely to help children who catch the H1N1 virus. The government has stuck by its policy of offering them to anyone infected.

51 US soldiers in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu --71 US soldiers in quarantine 09 Aug 2009 Fifty-one American troops in Iraq have been diagnosed with and treated for swine flu, while another 71 soldiers remain in isolation suspected of contracting the potentially deadly virus, the U.S. military said Sunday. The figures were released as Iraqi health officials confirmed Sunday the country's first swine flu death.

Iraq confirms first death from A/H1N1 09 Aug 2009 The Iraqi Ministry of Health confirmed that the death of a teenage girl several days ago in the city of Najaf was due to A/H1N1 virus, the state-run newspaper al-Sabah reported on Sunday. "The medical tests at Baghdad's public health laboratories confirmed that the girl in Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad, has died from the A/H1N1 flu," Ihsan Jaafar, spokesman of the Iraqi Health Ministry, was quoted as saying.

Swine flu outbreak suspected in military prison --Soldiers at IDF's Prison Four say 15 sick inmates held in isolation, army fails to provide proper treatment. IDF denied claims 08 Aug 2009 In recent days Ynet has received dozens of reports from soldiers and their parents about a swine flu outbreak in the IDF's Confinement Base 394, more commonly know as Prison Four. According to the reports, 15 of the soldiers held at the prison have been isolated from the rest of the inmates due to suspicion they have contracted the H1N1 virus. A phone conversation with one of the inmates revealed a grim picture. "What goes on here is a catastrophe."

Suffolk County man, an NYPD cop, dies after contracting swine flu 07 Aug 2009 A young New York City police officer who lived in Blue Point died Friday after contracting swine flu, officials said. Ryan Johnson, 27, of the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn, is the eighth person in Suffolk whose death is linked to swine flu, the Suffolk County Health Department said.

Premier hospital's swine flu detection head quarantined 08 Aug 2009 The head of the swine flu screening centre at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and a junior colleague have been put under home quarantine for suspected influenza A (H1N1). "I am now home quarantined for two days," S K Sharma, chief medical officer of the swine flu detection centre at the premium government-run hospital said.

Over 260 new A/H1N1 flu cases confirmed in Europe 09 Aug 2009 A European health agency said on Saturday that 261 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported in European countries within the last 24 hours. Of the new cases, 199 were confirmed in Ireland, 24 in Portugal,14 in Austria, nine in Switzerland, eight in Slovenia, and seven in Romania, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control(ECDC) said in its daily situation report.

Obama attending first US-Canada-Mexico summit, will discuss pandemic 09 Aug 2009 As President Barack Obama returns to Mexico, the swine flu that spread from here across the world is increasingly back in the news -- and at the top of the agenda of at a lightning-quick, three-way summit Sunday and Monday in Guadalajara. Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will try to build on that earlier cooperation to handle an expected new wave of cases during North America's upcoming flu season. John Brennan, Obama's chief homeland security aide, said the talks are timely -- and crucial, given the long 'borders' the U.S. shares with Mexico and Canada... "There are people who are going to be getting sick in the fall and die," Brennan said.

Baxter not to provide anti-swine flu vaccine to Czechs --Czech Health Ministry: Baxter unable to guarantee vaccine is safe, won't be responsible for its side-effects 03 Aug 2009 The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Baxter which manufactures a vaccine against the swine flu in its Czech branch will not ensure the vaccine for the Czech Republic in the case of a pandemic, Baxter media representative Jana Cechova told CTK today. "No contract for the delivery of the vaccines A(H1N1) between Baxter and the Czech Republic has been concluded," Cechova said. The server tn.cz writes that the Czech Health Ministry has explained its stopping the talks with Baxter by the firm's inability to guarantee that the vaccine is safe and who will bear the risks for possible side-effects.

'The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK.' Fears As Pupils Get Swine Flu Jab 07 Aug 2009 Parents' fears were growing last night over plans to use Britain's 8.5 million schoolchildren as guinea pigs for swine flu vaccinations. The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK. In the biggest mass vaccination since the 1964 operation against smallpox, school nurses, health visitors and GPs would deliver the injections to five to 16-year-olds at all 33,700 schools. But there are serious concerns as little or no data exists on the safety or effectiveness of flu vaccines on young children.

Sanofi starts swine flu shot trial, files with FDA 08 Aug 2009 Sanofi-Aventis, the world leader in flu immunisation, said on Friday it started human testing of its H1N1 swine flu vaccine on Aug. 6 and filed a supplemental licence application with U.S. regulators. The French drugmaker's vaccine unit Sanofi Pasteur had told Reuters on Tuesday tests would begin "in days"... Sales of vaccines to contain the[ir] current swine flu pandemic are expected to provide a windfall for the global drugs industry, leading to billions of dollars in additional revenues in late 2009 and early 2010, according to industry analysts.

Baxter not to provide anti-swine flu vaccine to Czechs --Czech Health Ministry: Baxter unable to guarantee its vaccine is safe, won't be responsible for its side-effects 03 Aug 2009 The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Baxter which manufactures a vaccine against the swine flu in its Czech branch will not ensure the vaccine for the Czech Republic in the case of a pandemic, Baxter media representative Jana Cechova told CTK today. "No contract for the delivery of the vaccines A(H1N1) between Baxter and the Czech Republic has been concluded," Cechova said. The server tn.cz writes that the Czech Health Ministry has explained its stopping the talks with Baxter by the firm's inability to guarantee that the vaccine is safe and who will bear the risks for possible side-effects.

'The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK.' Fears As Pupils Get Swine Flu Jab 07 Aug 2009 Parents' fears were growing last night over plans to use Britain's 8.5million schoolchildren as guinea pigs for swine flu vaccinations. The Government has drawn up drastic plans to immunise every schoolchild in the UK. In the biggest mass vaccination since the 1964 operation against smallpox, school nurses, health visitors and GPs would deliver the injections to five to 16-year-olds at all 33,700 schools. But there are serious concerns as little or no data exists on the safety or effectiveness of flu vaccines on young children.

Swine flu outbreak suspected in military prison --Soldiers at IDF's Prison Four say 15 sick inmates held in isolation, army fails to provide proper treatment. IDF denied claims 08 Aug 2009 In recent days Ynet has received dozens of reports from soldiers and their parents about a swine flu outbreak in the IDF's Confinement Base 394, more commonly know as Prison Four. According to the reports, 15 of the soldiers held at the prison have been isolated from the rest of the inmates due to suspicion they have contracted the H1N1 virus. A phone conversation with one of the inmates revealed a grim picture. "What goes on here is a catastrophe."

Sanofi starts swine flu shot trial, files with FDA 08 Aug 2009 Sanofi-Aventis, the world leader in flu immunisation, said on Friday it started human testing of its H1N1 swine flu vaccine on Aug. 6 and filed a supplemental licence application with U.S. regulators. The French drugmaker's vaccine unit Sanofi Pasteur had told Reuters on Tuesday tests would begin "in days"... Sales of vaccines to contain the[ir] current swine flu pandemic are expected to provide a windfall for the global drugs industry, leading to billions of dollars in additional revenues in late 2009 and early 2010, according to industry analysts.

CLG: H1N1 vaccination 'a voluntary program,' CDC says By Lori Price 08 Aug 2009 Citizens For Legitimate Government contacted the CDC on Friday and asked if the plans to vaccinate US citizens against the H1N1 virus would be mandatory. "It's a voluntary program," said CDC spokesperson Joe Quimby. [Yes, CLG is still promoting the Refuse and Resist Mandatory Flu Vaccines petition, as the CDC policy could 'change.']

Homeland Security: Updated Federal Guidelines for 2009 H1N1 Influenza 07 Aug 2009 "...[A]ll Americans also have a part to play. The best way to prevent the spread of flu is vaccination. A seasonal flu vaccine is ready to go, and we should have one for the 2009 H1N1 flu by mid-October," Homeland Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. "The federal government continues to coordinate closely with state and local governments, school districts and the private sector on H1N1 preparation as we head into the fall flu season--and the upcoming school year," said Secretary Napolitano. "Readiness for H1N1 is a shared responsibility, and the guidance released today provides communities with the tools they need..." [See: U.S. Flu Vaccine Updates.]

Swine Flu: Vaccination Clinics May be Set Up In Schools 08 Aug 2009 Most schools should be able to stay open even if swine flu outbreaks occur again this fall, government officials said Friday as they issued recommendations for dealing with the illness when the school year starts... Emphasizing that vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the vaccine against the H1N1 virus should be ready by October. People will probably need two shots of the new vaccine, in addition to one shot for seasonal flu. Children and young people ages 6 months [!] to 24 years are to be given priority for the H1N1 vaccine, and vaccination clinics may be set up in some schools.

48 SoCal inmates quarantined after flu outbreak 07 Aug 2009 (CA) Dozens of inmates have been quarantined at a Rancho Cucamonga jail after seven came down with swine flu. San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says 48 inmates have been quarantined since Saturday at the West Valley Detention Center in a jail area with its own ventilation system.

Swine flu sends 5 Collier jail inmates to isolation, another 69 quarantined 07 Aug 2009 (FL) Five inmates in the Collier County jail are in medical isolation for flu-like symptoms and another 69 inmates are under 72-hour quarantine because they had contact with the ill inmates, according to Collier County Sheriff’s officials. The quarantine also meant some inmates did not attend court hearings Friday, a decision that was made by jail officials.

Heads up! Baxter to test swine flu vaccine 06 Aug 2009 Pharmaceutical firm Baxter International says it has produced its first commercial batches of a [deadly] human swine flu vaccine called Celvapan A/H1N1. The development comes as the World Health Organisation warned that the current outbreak is the fastest pandemic and could eventually affect two billion people. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]

FDA never inspected China maker of Baxter's heparin 13 Feb 2008 U.S. regulators have never inspected the Chinese plant that makes Baxter International's [deadly] heparin, regulators disclosed a day after Baxter halted sales of some versions after four patients died and hundreds became ill. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration reported that it received about 350 reports of health problems associated with Baxter's injectable heparin, a blood thinner, since the end of 2007.

Swine flu vaccine on track for September, WHO says --Larger deliveries are expected in October, an official says. Human trials of the new vaccine against H1N1 have also begun. 07 Aug 2009 Manufacturers are on track to deliver the first doses of a vaccine for pandemic H1N1 influenza in September, World Health Organization officials said Thursday. The first batches will be limited, but larger deliveries are expected in October, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the organization's Initiative for Vaccine Research said at a news conference in Geneva.

Rapid tests often wrong about swine flu --CDC's first study finds cases missed at least half the time 06 Aug 2009 Current quick tests for flu miss many cases of the new pandemic H1N1 strain, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The accuracy of the tests ranged from just 40 percent to 69 percent in detecting swine flu, the CDC team reported. The findings confirm the CDC's warnings that instant tests performed on the spot in doctor's offices and clinics are not highly worthwhile for diagnosing H1N1 infections.

Obama team quietly mulls new quarantine regulations --OMB set Sept. for target date to complete first major overhaul of quarantine regulations --W. House officials not saying what their rules might ultimately require 05 Aug 2009 The Obama administration is quietly dusting off an effort to impose new federal quarantine regulations, which were vigorously resisted by civil liberties organizations and the airline industry when the rules were first proposed by the Bush regime nearly four years ago. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has set a September target date to complete the first major overhaul of the quarantine regulations in about three decades. That would have at least some of the rules in place if swine flu returns with a vengeance later this year, though officials are reluctant to make that link publicly. [See: Military Poised to Help FEMA Battle Swine Flu Outbreak --U.S. commander for Northern Command asked Defense Secretary to sign executive order for military to set up five regional teams to deal with outbreak --Orders to deploy actual forces would be reviewed later 29 Jul 2009 The Pentagon is preparing to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency tackle a potential outbreak of the H1N1 virus this fall, FOX News has confirmed. See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack and DoD to carry out 'military missions' during pandemic, WMD attack.]

Report: White House Weighing Federal Quarantine Rules 05 Aug 2009 The Obama White House may be preparing to enact new federal quarantine regulations that were first put forth by the Bush administration almost four years ago, according to a report from Politico.com. While the Obama administration has been tight lipped about the possible new regulations, the Bush-era proposal sought to give the federal government, "the authority to order a provisional quarantine of three business days or up to six calendar days, for those suspected of having swine flu or other illnesses listed in a presidential executive order," the Politico report said.

Baxter completes first swine flu vaccine batches 05 Aug 2009 Baxter International Inc said on Wednesday it completed its first commercial batches of H1N1 vaccine in late July and is discussing distribution plans with national health authorities. The swine flu vaccine, to be sold under the brand name Celvapan, is made using Baxter's cell culture process, which is designed to be faster than traditional vaccine production methods. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]

Homeland Secretary Napolitano predicts severe flu epidemic for fall 04 Aug 2009 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asserted Tuesday that pandemic flu is likely to flare up soon after schools open in the fall, well before any vaccine is available. Napolitano also acknowledged that there would not be enough pandemic flu vaccine for everyone, at least in the early stages of the flu season. "There will be prioritization of vaccinations," she told members of the USA TODAY editorial board.

Glaxo: 9 more countries order swine flu vaccine 04 Aug 2009 Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says that nine additional countries have ordered 96 million doses of swine flu vaccine since last month. That is in addition to the 195 million vaccine doses and products previously ordered by countries including Britain and the U.S., for a total of 291 million doses.

New York State makes flu shots compulsory despite nurses opposition --Association called council's action "scorched earth" approach 01 Aug 2009 The New York State Nurses Association has strongly opposed a regulation that would require every healthcare worker in the state to be immunized for influenza. Despite these objections, the New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council has adopted the proposal as an emergency rule that could go into effect before this winter’s flu season. The rule affects all healthcare personnel, both paid and unpaid, who interact with patients... In its testimony, the association called the council’s action a "scorched earth" approach.

515 new A/H1N1 cases confirmed in Europe 05 Aug 2009 A European health agency said Tuesday that 515 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported in European countries within the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases of the A/H1N1 flu virus in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries rose to 27,892, with 1,538 cases in Spain and 11,912 in Britain, 719 in France and 7,177 in Germany, the ECDC said.

Canada: New political powers to quarantine, invoke other measures, may be tested in flu outbreak --The top health official can now quarantine the ill, interview anyone who has been in contact with a sick person and do anything else that could help prevent the spread of a virus. 02 Aug 2009 A resurgence of swine flu anticipated this fall could test new provincial powers that include being able to place sick people under quarantine in their homes and shut down schools. If Arlene King, Ontario's chief medical health officer, believes people's health is at risk, she has the power to "investigate the situation and take such action as he or she considers appropriate to prevent, eliminate or decrease the risk." That could include closing schools, isolating the ill and forcing others to undergo medical exams. British Columbia brought in a new public health act last year which was described as giving health officials "stronger powers to protect the public against communicable diseases such as pandemic influenza." Under the new act, the province can order vaccinations or examinations and quarantine people. Health officials can also enforce the act using peace officers, warrants and even court orders. [See: Refuse and Resist Mandatory Flu Vaccines (Petition about to hit 2,000 signatures - please add yours!).]

10 recruits in fever ward: Seven Swine Flu Cases Confirmed at Coast Guard Training Center --An isolation ward was set up in a barracks to house any recruits with flu-like symptoms. 03 Aug 2009 Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has seven confirmed cases of Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus), up from two cases one week ago. As of Monday, a total of 36 Coast Guard members were tested for Swine Flu with 23 test results received confirming seven members with the H1N1 Virus. . Currently, 10 recruits are residing in the medical ward or fever ward, said Chief Warrant Officer Veronica Bandrowsky.

Entire S. Korean military to be vaccinated against new flu: official 03 Aug 2009 South Korea plans to start vaccinating its entire 655,000-strong military against type-A influenza at the end of November, a defense official said Monday. The 9.2-billion-won (US$7.5 million) project comes after 81 South Korean soldiers have contracted the virus.

Fort Worth firm testing swine flu vaccine on volunteers 02 Aug 2009 Thousands of people [are insanely] rolling up their sleeves for science as drug companies, doctors and government officials work to get a safe and effective swine flu vaccine on the market by October. In Fort Worth, Benchmark Research is conducting clinical trials for several drug companies, testing to see patients' reactions to the experimental vaccine and whether it produces an immune response to the H1N1 virus. Benchmark will begin administering injections next week.

H1N1 vaccine makers granted immunity and other flu news By Kathlyn Stone 22 Jul 2009 Just as millions of Americans are being told they should get the new H1N1 or "swine flu" vaccine when it becomes available this fall, the Department of Health and Human Services has granted vaccine makers and federal officials immunity from lawsuits that result from any new H1N1 vaccine... There’s a lot of discussion on whether the H1N1 vaccine will be voluntary or mandatory. Just in case it’s the latter, Citizens for Legitimate Government has launched a petition urging people to pledge to resist a mandatory flu vaccine.

Drug resistant swine flu found 04 Aug 2009 A strain of swine flu that is resistant to treatment with the drug Tamiflu has been discovered near the US-Mexican border, the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) said. "We have found resistance to Tamiflu on the border. We have observed some cases, few to be sure, in El Paso and close to McAllen, Texas," said Maria Teresa Cerqueira, head of the local PAHO office.

Entire town in quarantine after two die from the plague in China 03 Aug 2009 An outbreak of pneumonic plague has killed two people in China and forced authorities to seal off a remote town of 10,000 to halt any further spread of one of the world’s deadliest diseases... Investigating the disease that had infected so many people so quickly, medical authorities soon established that all had caught pneumonic plague. Those infected were undergoing treatment in isolation in a local Tibetan hospital while all 10,000 residents of Ziketan were placed in quarantine to try to halt the spread of one of the deadliest and infectious diseases in history.

MedImmune Ramps Up H1N1 Vaccine --Injection will use live virus instead of dead one 01 Aug 2009 MedImmune said it is producing more vaccine for the H1N1 flu virus than it originally predicted and expects to have more than 200 million doses by the end of the year. MedImmune, part of global drugmaker AstraZeneca, is one of five companies with a contract to sell a vaccine for the H1N1 virus to the federal government. MedImmune's flu vaccine differs from the others in two major ways: It is delivered via nasal spray instead of an injection and is made with a live but weakened virus instead of a dead one.


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