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September 2009 Archives

Swine flu shot protests may be the next Tea Party 30 Sep 2009 If Trends Research Institute Director Gerald Celente is right another volley may have been fired in what he is calling the "Second American Revolution." Here's part of an e-mail trend alert he sent to clients, "While there are many wild cards that could light the fuse, The Trends Research Institute forecasts that if the threat of government-forced Swine Flu vaccinations is realized, it will be the fourth shot (of the second American Revolution). Tens of millions will fight for their right to remain free and unvaccinated." According to a UPI report, Hospital Corp. of America, with clinics and hospitals in 20 states including Tennessee and Virginia, is requiring its 120,000 employees to be vaccinated... Lori Price of Citizens for Legitimate Government, a Connecticut-based group that opposes government [corporate] expansion. "It's all part of an encroachment on our liberties," Price told The Wall Street Journal The Washtington Post in a story published Saturday.

Critics say pandemic emergency bill tramples privacy rights 28 Sep 2009 Mandatory vaccinations, home searches without a warrant and forced quarantine for those who resist. Critics of a pandemic preparedness bill pending in the Legislature say it would allow all those things and sets the stage for a medical police state where any response to an epidemic of flu or other illness has the potential to steamroll civil liberties. The bill’s supporters and its sponsor, Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, have found themselves in recent weeks defending against attacks from critics. Senate Bill No. 2028 – An Act Relative to Pandemic and Disaster Preparation and Response in the Commonwealth – passed the Senate (MA) by a unanimous vote on April 30 with almost no public notice.

Canadians on hook for any H1N1 vaccine damages 30 Sep 2009 If there are lawsuits over the H1N1 vaccine, it will be the federal government, not the vaccine maker, that picks up the tab for any damages awarded by courts. Contracts between governments and vaccine manufacturers usually include an indemnity clause that exempts companies if there are problems with a vaccine, Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, told reporters Wednesday. [In the US, both the government and the pharma-terrorists are exempt from any legal liabilities, thanks to Barack Opharma. The little coward snuck that one in at 8PM on Friday night, in the middle of July. --LRP]

Santa Clara County declares emergency to spend $500,000 for swine-flu vaccine clinics 30 Sep 2009 (CA) the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday and set aside $500,000 to pay for specialized vaccination clinics in the community. The $500,000 will be transferred from the county's general fund contingency reserve to the Office of Emergency Services. Government Code Section 8630 authorizes the Board of Supervisors to proclaim a local emergency when the county is threatened or likely to be threatened by conditions of disaster or extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the county that are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of the county.

Some Pregnant Women Say No to H1N1 Vaccine 30 Sep 2009 State officials told the federal government Wednesday how much vaccine they'll need to combat H1N1. Some of the first doses 'should' go to pregnant women... But not all pregnant women are eager to get the vaccine, reports CBS News. Many pregnant women are nervous about whether this new vaccine, which was produced and tested so quickly, is really safe. Only one in six pregnant women even get a regular flu shot.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of vaccine suit 29 Sep 2009 A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a program that requires some members of the military to be vaccinated against anthrax over objections from service members who say the vaccine, produced by Bioport Corp., has not been proven to be effective. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington upheld a lower court's decision dismissing a case brought by eight service members who challenged the Food and Drug Administration's determination that the [deadly] vaccine was effective.

Dozens Under Quarantine At Naval Academy --Officer: Number of midshipmen in isolation at one time has ranged from a few dozen to 75 on Friday 29 Sep 2009 (MD) The Naval Academy is quarantining midshipmen with flulike symptoms aiming to slow the spread of swine flu. Cmdr. Joe Carpenter said Tuesday that 170 midshipmen have been isolated this fall, but only seven confirmed cases of swine flu. As of Monday night there were 33 midshipemn in an isolation ward converted from an existing athletic facility in the academy's dormitory.

'We're not lab rats' Protesters rally against swine flu vaccine 29 Sep 2009 A few hundred health-care workers and concerned citizens are protesting at the state Capitol today against mandatory swine flu vaccinations. Nurses from the Poughkeepsie area, Rochester region and other parts of New York said they don’t think they should be forced to get a vaccine that has been fast-tracked and that they don’t believe has been tested appropriately as a condition of keeping their jobs. Many protesters are carrying home-made signs with sayings, "We’re not lab rats" and "No flu shot, no job?"

Province may suspend flu shots after vaccine's safety questioned 28 Sep 2009 B.C. might suspend the seasonal flu shots as early as today, in the wake of a Canadian study that suggests people who get the flu vaccine are twice as likely to contract the H1N1 virus. Several news outlets reported the preliminary findings of the study, which is still under peer review. Researchers found that those who received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to catch H1N1.

Pharma-terrorists Already Racing to Cover Their Tracks By Lori Price 29 Sep 2009 Remember the role of The New York Times (as Bush media wh*re) in the run-up to the Iraq War? Now comes this gem. Don't Blame Flu Shots for All Ills, Officials Say Donald G. McNeil Jr. 28 Sep 2009 As soon as swine flu vaccinations start next month, some people getting them will drop dead of heart attacks or strokes, some children will have seizures and some pregnant women will miscarry. But those events will not necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine... This time they are making plans to respond rapidly to such events and to try to reassure a nervous public -- and headline-hunting journalists -- that the vaccine is not responsible... 'Sensational reports' of deaths. Oh, like the 'sensational reports' published by the New York Times on the already-stipulated nuclear plant construction in Iran? See: 'Iran plays by IAEA rules, West fails to score points' 27 Sep 2009... Gee, Don. Are you the new Judith Miller? The New York Times already had to issue a grand 'mea culpa' for its complicity in the run-up to the (illegal) Iraq War. Guess you're providing cover for the pharma-terrorists' squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced swine flu vaccine...

CLG in Washington Post: Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance --Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines By Rob Stein 26 Sep 2009 With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination... "You start with health-care workers but then expand that umbrella to make it mandatory for everybody," said Lori Price of Citizens for Legitimate Government, a Bristol, Conn.-based group that opposes government expansion. "It's all part of an encroachment on our liberties."

'We're talking physical force.' Retired Air Force Officer Sues Gov. Crist Over Forced Vaccination 19 Sep 2009 Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Carmen Reynolds has named Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros in a lawsuit in Santa Rosa County Circuit Court that challenges a state statute governing public health. Reynolds is opposed to a section of the statute that allows law enforcement to use any means necessary to vaccinate a resident in case if an emergency. Chapter 381.00315(1)(b)4 says a person can be forced to be tested, vaccinated, treated, examined or quarantined for communicable diseases that have significant morbidity or mortality and present a severe danger to the public.

Study prompts provinces to rethink flu plan --Report suggests people who get vaccinated are more likely to catch H1N1 28 Sep 2009 A "perplexing" Canadian study linking H1N1 to seasonal flu shots is throwing national influenza plans into disarray and testing public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting the nation's health. Distributed for peer review last week, the study confounded infectious-disease experts in suggesting that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu. The paper is under peer review, and lead researchers Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Gaston De Serres of Laval University must stay mum until it's published.

Doctor Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself & Will Not Give It to His Kids Posted by setokaiba22 24 Sep 2009 [Largest mass vaccination to begin in October --Dr. Kent Holtorf, an infectious disease expert, declares that the vaccine is 'too big of a risk.'] (Fox News video)

CLG in UPI: Some resistant to mandatory flu shots 26 Sep 2009 The trend toward mandatory H1N1 vaccinations for U.S. healthcare workers is meeting resistance from unions and anti-government groups, officials said. Hundreds of thousands of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers are being ordered to become vaccinated as the second wave of the H1N1 pandemic spreads this fall.

Mandatory Flu Vaccination Riles Health Care Workers -- They'll March 24 Sep 2009 New York is requiring some health care workers to get a seasonal flu shot now and the H1N1 shot later- -or lose their jobs. But now, a lawsuit filed in new Jersey may help workers in Rochester. A lawsuit filed in New Jersey calls the mandatory flu shot unconstitutional, but so far a federal judge has denied an injunction which would halt forced vaccinations in any state while the case moves forward.

US says first swine flu vaccine to arrive Oct. 5 25 Sep 2009 The first swine flu vaccine should be in some doctors' offices as early as Oct. 5, U.S. health officials said Friday. These early batches of vaccine will protect 6 million to 7 million people. Over time, the government expects to have a total of 250 million doses of the new vaccine, although 10 percent of that has been promised to other countries.

Unpublished Canadian data on seasonal flu shots and H1N1 stir concern 24 Sep 2009 Canadian researchers reportedly have found as-yet-unpublished evidence that people who had a seasonal flu shot last year incurred a higher risk of H1N1 infection... The Canadian Press (CP) reported that a series of studies in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario seem to suggest that people who received a seasonal flu shot last year were about twice as likely to contract the pandemic H1N1 virus. The findings are spurring an effort by some Canadian public health officials to delay, reduce, or cancel seasonal flu vaccination campaigns this fall.

Volunteers needed to give H1N1 shots 25 Sep 2009 The Cook County Public Health Department is calling for volunteers in its mass vaccination push in the Southland to attack the H1N1 virus that first appeared last spring. Active or retired licensed physicians, nurses or other health care workers are needed to help prevent the virus from spreading when the shots become available in mid-October.

Health District suspends mercury limits for H1N1 shots 25 Sep 2009 Washington health officials have temporarily suspended limits on the amount of mercury allowed in the upcoming [deadly] H1N1 influenza vaccine for pregnant women and children younger than 3 years old. The move comes after Health Secretary Mary Selecky was informed that the initial batches of vaccines against the swine flu may not include enough doses that were specially packaged without thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative. The preservative is controversial among some people who believe that it may be linked to autism and other childhood disorders.

Flu fascism alert: Swine flu prompts changes to Mental Health Act 23 Sep 2009 (UK) The government plans to rush through measures allowing people with suspected mental health issues to be quickly detained because of fears over staff shortages in any forthcoming swine flu outbreak, it has been revealed. The temporary changes to the Mental Health Act, as laid out in an unusually short consultation lasting just one month, would mean it would only take one doctor, rather than two, to have a person sectioned and put on medication without their consent.

Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk 23 Sep 2009 Preliminary research suggests the seasonal flu shot may put people at greater risk for getting swine flu, CBC News has learned. Four Canadian studies involved about 2,000 people in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, health officials told CBC News. Researchers found people who had received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the H1N1 virus.

CNN's Dr. Gupta gets the swine flu 23 Sep 2009 As CNN's chief medical correspondent [Sanjay Gupta] writes in his blog, Paging Dr. Gupta, he, and a CNN cameraman, picked up the swine flu -- formally known as H1N1 -- while on a trip to Afghanistan. Gupta says he rarely gets sick, but this time was hit so hard he had seek out a battlefield hospital for treatment.

Capitol alert for H1N1 outbreak; senators and staff to get masks 21 Sep 2009 Senate officials are holding internal planning exercises this week to prepare for a swine flu outbreak that could hobble congressional offices. The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA) has been talking with Senate offices and attending Senate luncheons since the disease first began to spread in the spring. The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) and the Office of the Attending Physician are planning to attend this week’s meeting with the SAA in which they will discuss a variety of different scenarios for how an H1N1 outbreak could affect Congress.

Pre-registration advised on flu shots 22 Sep 2009 The State Department of Health is urging health-care providers who plan to offer swine flu vaccines to their patients to pre-register online to speed up the process. The DOH [aka DUH] will coordinate the distribution of novel H1N1 flu vaccine with the assistance of county health departments. The vaccine is expected to begin shipping from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in about two weeks. Providers must be set up properly to reach high-priority patients first.

Sanofi Unit: Additional Type A Flu Vaccine Order From US Govt 21 Sep 2009 Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine unit of French pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Aventis, said Monday that it has received an additional order from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sanofi has now committed to produce 75.3 million doses of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine for the U.S. government.

New victim of the Black Death: Professor killed by plague bug he studied --Mr Casadaban, a renowned molecular geneticist, developed intense flu-like symptoms on September 13. He was admitted to hospital but within 12 hours was dead. 22 Sep 2009 An American scientist studying the origins of Black Death has died from an infection linked to the disease. Professor Malcolm Casadaban was killed by a strain of the bacteria responsible for millions of deaths over the centuries, officials at the University of Chicago revealed. An autopsy on the 60-year-old professor showed no obvious cause of death, except for the presence in his blood of the bacteria Yersinia pestis. The weakened strain being studied by Mr Casadaban at the University of Chicago was not known to cause illness. The scientist had been studying the genetics of harmful bacteria, including a strain of Yersinia pestis, for several months in an effort to find a stronger vaccine. [See: List of Dead Scientists By Steve Quayle Updated 20 Sep 2009 [Wow, they're up to 89! #86: Caroline Coffey, 28. Died June 3, from massive cuts to her throat. Hikers found the body of the Cornell Univ. post-doctoral bio-medicine researcher along a wooded trail in the park, just outside Ithaca, N.Y., where the Ivy League school is located. Her husband was hospitalized under guard after a police chase and their apartment set on fire.]

VeriChip shares jump after H1N1 patent license win 21 Sep 2009 Shares of VeriChip Corp tripled after the company said it had been granted an exclusive license to two patents, which will help it to develop implantable virus detection systems in humans. The patents, held by VeriChip partner Receptors LLC, relate to biosensors that can detect the H1N1 and other viruses, and biological threats such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, VeriChip said in a statement. The technology will combine with VeriChip's implantable radio frequency identification devices to develop virus triage detection systems. Shares of VeriChip were up 186 percent at $3.28 Monday late afternoon trade on Nasdaq.

Gulf War Toxins In Swine Flu Vaccine 23 Aug 2009 The new swine flu vaccine contains a deadly brain toxin linked to autism, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. The Sunday Express has discovered the pandemic vaccine, to be rolled out across the country within weeks, contains the mercury. It also contains a chemical called squalene, used to stimulate the immune system to respond to the vaccine. Some scientists believe squalene is linked to autoimmune illnesses including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Squalene was included in the anthrax jab given to British and US soldiers during the 1991 Gulf War.

Obamas to get swine flu vaccine 20 Sep 2009 America's first family will get vaccinated 'against' swine flu when they are advised to, President Barack Obama said in a television interview broadcast Sunday. "We want to get vaccinated. We think it's the right thing to do. We will stand in line like everybody else and when folks say it's our turn, that's when we'll get it," Obama told CNN's "State of the Union."

Ill. scientist dies, possible plague bacteria link 19 Sep 2009 The University of Chicago Medical Center says the infection that killed a scientist [Sept. 13] may be connected to bacteria he researched that causes the plague. The university said Saturday that its researcher studied the genetics of harmful bacteria including Yersinia pestis, which causes the illness [The 'illness.' Uh, that would be Y. Pestis aka bubonic plague].

Feds mum over legal protection for swine flu vaccine makers 20 Sep 2009 The federal government won't say if Canadians who suffer harmful side effects from the new swine flu shot can take the vaccine maker to court. The Public Health Agency of Canada will not reveal whether drug companies are shielded from H1N1 flu vaccine lawsuits in this country like they are in the United States. The United States has been open about its decision to protect vaccine makers, government officials and others from lawsuits over the vaccine. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has granted legal immunity to "individuals and entities involved in all stages of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine development, testing, manufacture, distribution, prescribing, administration, and use," says a U.S. Health Department website. [Thanks, Opharma, for that one, slid in at 8 o'clock on a Friday night in July, when *no one* was paying attention. Notice the paucity of media coverage on this one? --LRP]

Vaccine could be 'more dangerous than swine flu' 19 Sep 2009 The Australian Vaccination Network lobby group says more testing of the swine flu vaccine needs to be done before it is given to the public. The Federal Government has ordered 21 million doses of the vaccine developed by CSL. A national vaccination program - the largest the country has seen - will start at the end of the month. Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey says the H1N1 vaccine could prove more dangerous than the disease itself. "Why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars on this vaccine?"

New York College Sets Aside Entire Dorm for H1N1 Flu Cases 19 Sep 2009 A college in New York's Adirondack Mountains is preparing for the H1N1 flu virus by setting aside an entire dormitory for students stricken with the illness. Paul Smith's College, about 120 miles north of Albany, hasn't had any reported cases of so-called swine flu. But officials say they want to be ready. The 40-bed dorm will offer computers, Internet and television in the communal areas.

Canada anger at 'flu body bags' 18 Sep 2009 Canada's health minister has ordered an investigation after body bags were sent to aboriginal reserves as part of supplies to deal with swine flu. The body bags were delivered this week to First Nation communities in Manitoba province which were hard hit by a swine flu outbreak a few months ago. Community leaders said they were "horrified" when they saw the bags. Ordering an inquiry, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said the actions of the Health Canada department were unacceptable, insensitive and offensive.

First U.S. H1N1 vaccines will be nasal spray - CDC 18 Sep 2009 The first U.S. roll-out of vaccines 'against' the new swine flu virus will be 3.4 million doses of MedImmune's nose spray, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The CDC's Dr Jay Butler said the vaccines would be distributed the first week of October.

Canadian Aboriginals receive body bags for flu [vaccine] 17 Sep 2009 Health officials ordered an investigation Thursday into why the Canadian government sent body bags to an Aboriginal reserve in Manitoba after community leaders requested assistance to deal with an expected outbreak of swine flu. The body bags were sent this week to a remote northern reserve that was hard hit by swine flu last spring. Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said she found the action by Health Canada insensitive and offensive.

Hospitals pushing workers to get flu vaccines 17 Sep 2009 Every year, fewer than half of health care workers get vaccinated, despite a government recommendation that puts them near the top of the list. That could change this year, with the arrival of the H1N1 swine flu virus and a new [squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced] vaccine for it. Hospitals here and nationally are stepping up efforts to vaccinate workers against both seasonal flu and H1N1. One state -- New York -- is even making flu vaccinations mandatory for health care workers.

U.S. to Donate 10 Percent of Swine Flu Vaccine to WHO 18 Sep 2009 The United States plans to donate 10 percent of its supply of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine to the World Health Organization [aka World Homicide Organization] for use in low-income countries. The nation has on order 195 million doses of the swine flu vaccine, which is due to start arriving early next month. The White House said it "is taking this action in concert" with eight other countries.

In drive-through, swine flu aid? 17 Sep 2009 (FL) When the swine flu vaccine arrives next month, Sarasota County residents could have the option of getting a shot without having to get out of their cars. Drive-though flu shot clinics are being looked at as a way to distribute the new vaccine conveniently enough to encourage people to get the shot, said Dianne Shipley, a director with the county health department in charge of the vaccination drive.

Mexico says millions of swine flu cases possible 17 Sep 2009 Mexico could see up to 5 million cases of swine flu during this winter's flu season, a higher projection than officials had previously given, the health secretary said Thursday. Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said that in the worst-case scenario, deaths could reach 2,000.

Canadian govt sends body bags to Indian reserves for 'flu readiness' 16 Sep 2009 The Canadian government sent body bags to remote Indian reserves as it prepared for the winter flu season, sending a jarring message at odds with its promise that it's ready for the H1N1 flu. The body bags went to some reserves in Manitoba, the western province in which some remote Indian communities were hard-hit by the flu in the spring, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq said on Wednesday. Aglukkaq said she didn't have details of the body-bag shipments and has ordered officials to investigate.

Boston launches flu shot tracking --When people arrive for their shots, they will get an ID bracelet with a barcode. Basic information - name, age, gender, address - will be entered into the database. There will be electronic records, too, of who gave the vaccine and whether it was injected into the right arm or the left, and time-stamped for that day. 16 Sep 2009 Using technology originally developed for mass disasters, Boston disease trackers are embarking on a novel experiment - one of the first in the country - aimed at eventually creating a citywide registry of everyone who has had a flu vaccination. The trial starts this afternoon... Each of them will get a bracelet printed with a unique identifier code. Information about the vaccine's recipients, and the shot, will be entered into handheld devices similar to those used by delivery truck drivers. Infectious disease specialists in Boston and elsewhere predicted that the registry approach could prove even more useful if something more sinister strikes: a bioterrorism attack or the long-feared arrival of a global flu epidemic. In such crises, the registry could be used to track who received a special vaccine or antidote to a deadly germ. [Um, I think I'll *pass* on the 'special vaccines' (lol) and the 'antidote' to the 'deadly germs' (that they themselves likely will have unleashed). --LRP]

Baxter ramps up swine flu vaccine yields 16 Sep 2009 Baxter International Inc on Wednesday said its production yields of a "swine flu" vaccine have increased three-fold. In a presentation to investors, Joy Amundson, president of Baxter's Bioscience unit, said the company has begun shipping the swine flu, or H1N1, vaccines weekly. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]

'We will have enough vaccine available for everyone.' FDA Approves New Swine Flu Vaccine 15 Sep 2009 The Food and Drug Administration approved the new [squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced] swine flu vaccine Tuesday, a long-anticipated step as the government works to get vaccinations under way next month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the vaccine's approval to Congress -- and said she hopes to get the first limited supplies distributed early in October. The bulk of vaccine will start arriving Oct. 15, and Sebelius said it should be available at 90,000 sites around the country.

Govt sees early delivery of flu vaccine 13 Sep 2009 Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday said the United States now expects to receive the first batch of [deadly] swine flu vaccine in early October, a few weeks earlier than expected. "We're on track to have an ample supply by October," Sebelius told ABC television "but we may have some early vaccine as early as the first full week in October."

Curiouser and curiouser: 2 flu strains in 1 pig led to new H1N1 --Swine flus merged, jumped to humans 13 Sep 2009 The new H1N1 strain is based primarily on an unusual virus that has been circulating widely in U.S. pigs since the 1990s. That "triple reassortant" flu is actually a combination of classic swine flu, a North American avian flu and a strain of human flu. Somehow [!?!], a single pig became simultaneously infected with that virus and a pure swine flu strain found in pigs in Europe and Asia. The two strains swapped genetic material to produce the new H1N1 strain, which then began to infect humans. How did strains mix? That remains a mystery, and scientists will probably never know. [Uh, I'd say, we *all* know! I saw this one marching down Broadway when Shock & Awe was just a twinkle in Rumsfeld's eye. See: Killer flu recreated in the lab 07 Oct 2004 UK Scientists have shown that tiny changes to modern flu viruses could render them as deadly as the 1918 strain which killed millions. A US team added two genes from a sample of the 1918 virus to a modern strain known to have no effect on mice. Animals exposed to this composite were dying within days of symptoms similar to those found in human victims of the 1918 pandemic. And, they are about to hit paydirt, w. this pandemic insanity. --LRP]

Disaster Plans Being Revised For Swine Flu 13 Sep 2009 Even if swine flu remains a mild infection, the pandemic could be the tipping point for an emergency medical system teetering on the edge. Federal officials are asking hospitals to report more current details about how stressed or well-equipped they are so the officials can help coordinate care in a crisis. In a worst-case scenario, some states, such as Iowa and California, have mobile hospitals consisting of a series of connected tents that they could rush to any area and erect, for example, on a football field.

Banks, credit unions seek looser regulations due to H1N1 flu --Doctors, bankers and others told House Committee on Small Business they need 'regulatory changes' to handle H1N1 pandemic 09 Sep 2009 Doctors asked the government on Wednesday to pay them more for giving [deadly] vaccines and prescribing drugs on the telephone as the flu pandemic hits their communities. Meanwhile, small bankers said they should get relief from some regulatory requirements during the worst of the pandemic. They would include better Medicaid payments for giving flu vaccines -- some pediatricians may have to vaccinate some children four times this year [!] -- and looser regulations for banks and credit unions.

Most Germans don't want swine flu vaccinations --The German govt has ordered 18 million more vaccinations against swine flu. But two-thirds of Germans say they don't want to be immunized. 09 Sep 2009 A new study conducted by the Forsa Institute for DAK, one of Germany's largest health insurers, revealed that a surprising number of Germans do not plan to get immunized. In the study of 1,001 people aged between 18 and 60 years, 62 percent said they would "definitely not," or "almost definitely not" let themselves be vaccinated this in autumn when the first swine flu vaccines become available.

Group opposes Swine Flu quarantine bill 09 Sep 2009 The Liberty Preservation Association of Massachusetts, which has ties to Springfield, held a "lobby bomb" Wednesday at the State House to oppose a bill regarding Swine Flu. Bill S-2028, which recently passed the Massachusetts Senate, states that if there is a swine flu pandemic and you do not get the swine flu vaccine, you can be ordered into quarantine. If you refuse the quarantine, you can face a fine of $1,000 per day that you resist.

France to use swine flu to gut laws: report --The Syndicat de la Magistrature called the measures "revolting" and said they would amount to "liberticide." 08 Sep 2009 In case of a swine flu pandemic the French government has a plan to introduce emergency measures that would gut legal protections for citizens, the daily Liberation reported Tuesday. According to documents provided to the daily by a judges' union, the plan would extend the period police can keep a suspect in detention without charge or a hearing before a judge to up to six months. Suspects would also not be able to contact a lawyer until after spending 24 hours in custody. Under the plan, children could be tried in adult courts and more trials held behind closed doors.

Maine governor proclaims civil emergency due to H1N1 --Schools and health care providers are protected against liability claims related to vaccine clinics 02 Sep 2009 Gov. John Baldacci (D) on Tuesday declared a statewide civil emergency because of the H1N1 influenza virus, paving the way for mass immunization of Maine schoolchildren and other residents. The emergency designation protects schools and health care providers against liability claims related to their participation in school-based vaccine clinics this fall for both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu.

Ecuador security chief dies from H1N1 flu 07 Sep 2009 The head of Ecuador’s presidential security has died of H1N1 flu, the government announced. Lt. Col. John Merino died Sunday night after being hospitalized for 28 days, President Rafael Correa announced on his web page. The cause of death was given as cardiopulmonary arrest.

Pandemic Action alert: 9-12 Rally to Impeach MA Sen. Richard Moore Over Forced Vax --Sep. 12 Mass. Rally to Impeach Sen. Richard T. Moore (D) Over Forced Vaccination Bill S2028 --The Impeachment rally will be held Sept 12, 2009 at 123 Main St, Uxbridge, Mass., 12-5 pm By Ken Adachi

A few questioning benefits, safety of swine flu vaccine 06 Sep 2009 While many people fear a more vicious strain of novel swine flu this fall, others are panicking about the vaccine itself. An action letter posted on the Internet and signed by 57 people, including religious leaders and holistic medical practitioners, says the swine flu vaccines have been insufficiently tested and could have dangerous consequences on public health.

2,000 Washington State Students Report Signs of Swine Flu 06 Sep 2009 At least 2,000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, university and local health officials said, in what appeared to be one of the largest outbreaks of the virus on a college campus. The university, based in Pullman, in eastern Washington near the Idaho border, has about 19,000 students at its main campus.

Proposed bill would allow state authorities to forcefully quarantine people during pandemic 04 Sep 2009 (MA) A new proposed bill designed to combat the threat of the H1N1 virus would allow the state to forcefully quarantine people in the event of a pandemic. Anyone who refuses to comply with the quarantine order could face jail time or a $1000 per day fine. The "Pandemic Response Bill" would also force health providers to vaccinate people, authorize forcible entry into private homes, and impose fines or prison sentences on anyone not complying with isolation or quarantine orders.

Mass Vaccination Hubs Are Part of D.C. Swine Flu Plan 05 Sep 2009 District officials said Friday that they are working to set up mass vaccination centers, potentially at city recreation centers, as part of a broad push to minimize the number of people sickened by swine flu this fall and beyond. A network of doctor offices, schools, clinics and hospitals is also being put together for the vaccinations. The city will update its flu Web site with case counts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it is preparing radio and TV spots.

Obama to spend another $2.7 bln to fight H1N1 02 Sep 2009 The Obama administration will spend an additional $2.7 billion to buy swine flu drugs and vaccines, just days after White House science advisers called the pandemic "a serious threat to our nation." The money is on top of $1.8 billion the administration earmarked in July for tackling the virus. Obama said the $2.7 billion would go toward buying new vaccines, antiviral drugs and preparing for a vaccination [propoganda] campaign. [The 'serious threat to our nation' is the bioterrorists who synthesized the virus and the pharma-terrorists (one and the same) who are profiting from it. --LRP]

UI Health Care makes flu shots mandatory 02 Sep 2009 (IA) Flu shots are no longer optional for anyone associated with UI Health Care: It is a condition of employment. "People who do not comply will not be eligible to continue their positions at UI Health Care," said UI spokesman Tom Moore. Staff members were notified about the policy change in an e-mail sent early Tuesday morning.

Swine Flu Vaccinations May Be Delayed by U.S. Ingredient Choice 03 Sep 2009 The U.S. decision to use a swine flu vaccine without an ingredient that boosts response may mean shots will require two doses instead of one to grant immunity, health officials said. A two-dose vaccine is more likely to be required by a vaccine that doesn’t include adjuvant, an ingredient added to some shots to boost the immune response, said Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease 'Control and Prevention' in a conference call in Atlanta.

Md. Gov. Calls Seasonal Flu Shots a 'Patriotic Duty' --Health Sec'y likened Maryland's share of upcoming mass swine-flu vaccination campaign to a 'military operation' 02 Sep 2009 Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Insane) on Wednesday said it was residents' "patriotic duty" to get seasonal flu shots in coming weeks to make it easier for health officials to determine if outbreaks are related to H1N1, or swine flu. "You'll be doing your patriotic duty to get your seasonal flu shot this year," O'Malley said. John M. Colmers, secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, likened Maryland's share of the upcoming mass swine-flu vaccination campaign to a "military operation," and said much remains unknown about exactly how the state will carry it out.

H1N1 flu hits State Fair; 120 kids sent home 03 Sep 2009 The H1N1 flu has hit the Minnesota State Fair, prompting 4-H officials to send about 120 children home after four tested positive for the disease. The four cases were detected "during the past 40 hours," prompting program officials to call parents this morning telling them to pick up their kids, said 4-H superintendent Brad Rugg.

D.C. Area Officials Use Post-Sept. 11 Response to Coordinate Flu Fight 02 Sep 2009 Top officials from Maryland, Virginia and the District met Tuesday to coordinate plans for fighting the swine flu, taking advantage of a structure set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to try to sharpen the region's response to outbreaks expected this fall. The governors of Maryland and Virginia joined D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on a day when President Obama said "every American has a role to play in responding to this virus." [Do you trust Obama in a (USAMRIID-created) flu pandemic? Obama has followed in Bush's footsteps in nearly every single action -- or inaction -- he has taken since the election. See petition, Refuse and Resist Mandatory Flu Vaccines and CLG Pandemic Action Alerts.]

MA Pandemic Bill Allows Police to Eenter Homes, Detain Without Warrant 02 Sep 2009 A pandemic response bill currently making its way through the Massachusetts state legislature would allow authorities to forcefully quarantine citizens in the event of a health emergency, compel health providers to vaccinate citizens, authorize forceful entry into private dwellings and destruction of citizen property and impose fines on citizens for noncompliance. If citizens refuse to comply with isolation or quarantine orders in the event of a health emergency, they may be imprisoned for up to 30 days and fined $1,000 per day that the violation continues. Massachusetts' 'Pandemic Response Bill' 2028 was passed by the Massachusetts state Senate on April 28 and is now awaiting approval in the House.

Defense Department to Start Mandatory H1N1 Flu Vaccinations 01 Sep 2009 All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said today. The H1N1 vaccination program will begin in early October, said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Wayne Hachey, director of preventive medicine for Defense Department health affairs. The vaccine, which has been licensed [!] by the Food and Drug Administration, will be mandatory for uniformed personnel, the colonel said. "What we want to do is target those people who are at highest risk for transmission," he said.

Homeland Security Sec'y: New infections expected 02 Sep 2009 Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says people should expect "a big influx" of swine flu cases this fall and brace for it as best they can. Napolitano also said in a nationally broadcast interview Wednesday that many cases are likely to surface before a [deadly] vaccine for H1N1 is available, probably no earlier than mid-October.

1 in 1,000 Ind. residents has had H1N1 01 Sep 2009 State Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe said about one of every 1,000 Indiana residents has contracted the H1N1 flu virus so far -- and possibly several times that rate. Monroe told a General Assembly panel on Tuesday that the Indiana State Department of Health estimates at least 6,000 people – and possibly as many as 23,000 -- have contracted the H1N1 virus in the state. The department has stopped counting cases.

Neurologists urged to watch for rare swine flu vaccine side-effect 01 Sep 2009 The last time the United States had a swine flu scare, mass vaccinations led to an even bigger worry that the injections might have caused a few dozen cases of a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome. As the nation prepares for another round of 2009 H1N1 flu shots this fall, the federal government is urging neurologists to keep an eye out for new cases of Guillain-Barre. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Neurology have asked all neurologists to report new cases of Guillain-Barre in people who get vaccines this fall and winter to the Food & Drug Administration's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Neurologists urged to watch for rare swine flu vaccine side-effect 01 Sep 2009 The last time the United States had a swine flu scare, mass vaccinations led to an even bigger worry that the injections might have caused a few dozen cases of a rare disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome. As the nation prepares for another round of 2009 H1N1 flu shots this fall, the federal government is urging neurologists to keep an eye out for new cases of Guillain-Barre. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Neurology have asked all neurologists to report new cases of Guillain-Barre in people who get vaccines this fall and winter to the Food & Drug Administration's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Flu fascism alert: Minnesota: Post police car outside infected person's home 01 Sep 2009 As state epidemiologist [Minnesota Department of Health], Dr. Ruth Lynfield's job is to reveal the possibilities for the next wave of swine flu, including the worst-case scenario. For months, Lynfield has been tracking the swine flu outbreak in Minnesota and refining contingency plans... What about an infected person -- could the state force him to stay home? "If they're quarantined, yes," Lynfield tells colleagues at one planning session. "That's the point of quarantine." What if the patient doesn't cooperate? Well, she replies, they could post a police car outside his home.

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