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October 2009 Archives

H1N1 vaccinations to be 'offered' to Guantanamo Bay detainees 30 Oct 2009 The Pentagon will 'offer' the H1N1 vaccination to prisoners at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, officials there said Friday. The Pentagon made the decision based on U.S. government assessments that people held in detention facilities are at high risk for the pandemic, said Maj. Diana R. Haynie, a spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, which is in charge of holding the suspected terrorists.

Pence to Pentagon: Rethink decision to offer H1N1 vaccine to Gitmo detainees 31 Oct 2009 The Pentagon's announcement Friday that it would provide H1N1 vaccinations to Guantanamo Bay prisoners who ask for it is a "terrible decision," one House Republican stressed Friday. The White House should immediately cancel the program to ensure Americans are able to receive those vaccinations first, added Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

40,000 contract serious virus in Ukraine, kills 30 --Virus is not H1N1 flu 30 Oct 2009 A viral infection in Ukraine has taken the lives of 30 people and at first it seemed like an ordinary flu but after a week the symptoms became worse. Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports 40,000 Ukrainians have contracted the disease and at least 100 are in the hospital. Tests are currently being conducted and all is known is that it is not the H1N1 flu.

Unknown virus kills in the west of Ukraine 30 Oct 2009 The inhabitants of the western regions of Ukraine reached on an unknown disease, whose symptoms are diagnosed as pneumonia. However, health professionals say the unusual and very rapid course of illness has already led to confirmed deaths of 40 patients. The media has been informed of 40 fatal cases in the Lviv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi and other zachodniukrainskich cities. Most of the fatal cases have been reported in Ternopil. Hospitals reported to be held on 23-29 October 9.5 thousand people. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has created a special headquarters in connection with the increase in the number of cases. Doctors examine the relationship of the earlier detection of two new cases of swine flu disease in the west of Ukraine (infected recently returned from Moscow) with a new virus.

Unidentified flue outbreak in Western Ukraine --All six dead had symptoms of severe hemmorhagic pneumonia 29 Oct 2009 Western Ukraine was hit by a severe epidemic of unidentified influenza, tentatively diagnosed by doctors as viral pneumonia. The number of dead has climbed dramatically. As the number of sick persons increases, the authorities describe the situation as rather serious, says Ternopil oblast chief medical officer Bohdan Onyskiv. All the six dead young people had symptoms of severe hemmorhagic pneumonia. Autopsy revealed that the lungs were soaked with blood, the oblast chief specialist said.

NY Gov. Declares State of Emergency Over H1N1 Flu --The order is needed to suspend provisions of state law. 29 Oct 2009 Gov. David Paterson declared a state of emergency, saying a recent rise in swine flu cases has created a "disaster" and that certain provisions of state law needed to be set aside to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible. The executive order Thursday means that far more health care professionals -- including dentists, dental hygienists, podiatrists, pharmacists, midwives and physicians assistants -- will be permitted to administer swine flu and seasonal flu vaccines with only brief training. [See: New York City Parents Opting Out of Swine Flu Vaccine --Officials used Wednesday's event to implore more parents to sign up 29 Oct 2009.]

Ohio Boy Given H1N1 Vaccine Against Mom's Wishes 29 Oct 2009 A furious Ohio mother says her 7-year-old son, who has had problems with medications, was vaccinated for swine flu at school against her wishes. Kim Lutheran works as a nurse and says her son, Matthew, has had bad reactions to medicine. So, she says she signed for "no consent" on a vaccination form and then circled her intentions with a black marker to make things clear to the boy's public school in the Toledo suburb of Oregon. Lutheran says she learned Matthew still received a shot on Monday. She says the local health department must be held accountable. [Have the pharma-terrorist trolls arrested for attempted murder, then sue.]

Swine Flu Hit Millions in Spring, Agency Says 30 Oct 2009 There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. From 9,000 to 21,000 people were hospitalized as a result, and up to 800 died from April to July, when it largely faded out, according to the estimates, which were conducted by the C.D.C. and the Harvard School of Public Health and published online in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The agency has previously refused to be more specific than to say there were "more than a million" cases.

Swine Flu Cases Overestimated? CBS News: Study of State Results Finds H1N1 Not As Prevalent As Feared 21 Oct 2009 In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases. CBS News learned that the decision to stop counting H1N1 flu cases was made so hastily that states weren't given the opportunity to provide input. We asked all 50 states for their statistics on state lab-confirmed H1N1 prior to the halt of individual testing and counting in July. The vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu. It’s unknown what patients who tested negative for flu were actually afflicted with since the illness was not otherwise determined.

New York City Parents Opting Out of Swine Flu Vaccine --Officials used Wednesday's event to implore more parents to sign up 29 Oct 2009 Fewer than half of New York City parents with children in elementary school have given permission for their children to receive the swine flu vaccine at school, reflecting some ambivalence about the need for the vaccine or concern about its effects. 5 percent to 50 percent of parents had given consent for their children to receive the vaccine at schools that had it. At Public School 157 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where health officials opened the school vaccination effort on Wednesday, only a third of students had permission to receive it.

Harvard: Disease Researchers Were Poisoned 25 Oct 2009 Harvard University says six researchers who became sick in August apparently were poisoned. The Boston Herald says a memo released Friday says the group drank from a coffee machine on Aug. 26 that later tested positive for sodium azide, a common preservative used in labs. The six reported symptoms ranging from dizziness to ear ringing, and one passed out. They were treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and later released. The researchers all work in the Harvard Medical School's pathology department using mice to investigate how diseases interact with the immune system. [See: List of Dead Scientists By Steve Quayle. Updated with #90, 12 October 2009.]

Poisoning at Harvard --6 lab workers sickened by coffee 25 Oct 2009 Harvard University Medical School is locking down its New Research Building, installing new surveillance cameras and imposing tighter security after researchers in the pathology department of the Boston building drank poisoned coffee and were hospitalized. The six victims - a group of scientists and students at Harvard Medical School - used a communal, single-serve coffee machine on the eighth floor near their pathology lab Aug. 26, according to an internal memo.

Pig plague could crash interwebs, say US feds --DHS bandwidth rationing? 28 Oct 2009 A severe outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic could overwhelm internet providers' capacity, according to a report submitted Monday, which called on Department of Homeland Security officials to develop contingency plans to avert such a crisis. "Concerns exist that a more severe pandemic outbreak than 2009's could cause large numbers of people staying home to increase their internet use and overwhelm internet providers' network capacities," according to the report, which was prepared by the US Government Accountability Office... The authors said the DHS, which is responsible for making sure critical networks remain operational during emergencies, needs to consider ways to mitigate the threat and held out the rationing of customer bandwidth or the blocking of websites as possibilities. ...Networks used by security exchanges would most likely survive because they generally bypass the public internet.

Pharmaterrorists' swine flu vaccine guinea pigs: prisoners. Texas to Give Prisoners H1N1 Vaccine Before General Public 28 Oct 2009 Texas prison officials say thousands of high-risk convicts may be vaccinated against the swine flu ahead of the general public as soon as next week. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons and state health officials say more than 45,000 convicts are being considered for the vaccine. They've been targeted by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribution policy to receive the vaccine. Texas is the second state [Massachusetts is the other state] to announce it would vaccinate prisoners before vaccinating the general public.

Massachusetts Prisoners With 'Health Risks' to Get H1N1 Shots Before General Public 15 Oct 2009 Massachusetts health officials have decided to give swine flu vaccinations to prisoners with high health risks before the general population. Prison officials warn that inmates could quickly spread the flu if not inoculated -- particularly those in high-risk groups, such as AIDS patients or the aged. Department of Public Health spokeswoman Jennifer Manley told the Boston Herald that vaccines will go to correctional facilities the second week of November for prison health care workers and high risk prisoners. [Gee, can these Nazis get any more blatant with their medical experiments?]

U.S. may end up discarding unused H1N1 vaccine [Why not just toss the sh*t now to save time?] 27 Oct 2009 The U.S. government may end up throwing away unused doses of swine flu vaccine if people cannot get it soon enough, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said 22.4 million doses were now available to states, which can get them a day after they order them. "It's quite likely that too little vaccine is one of the things that's making people more interested in getting vaccinated, frankly," Frieden told reporters.

Court's flu plan raises due-process concern --'Precautionary' quarantines are delaying arraingments 28 Oct 2009 Defense attorneys in the desert are crying foul at a plan to contain the spread of H1N1 virus or any other flu-like illnesses, saying that it could violate an inmate's constitutional right to a speedy trial. Riverside County Jail officials developed the protocol, which includes inmate quarantines, in an effort to curb the chances of an outbreak of flu-like viruses in the county's jails. Los Angeles County man Anthony Raymond Magdaleno,18, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. Jail records indicate he was arrested Oct. 21 and detained a day later. But Magdaleno did not appear in court for the second time in two days because he is one of several inmates quarantined at the Riverside County Jail in Indio in a precautionary action attributed to a flu-like virus, jail officials said.

U.S. may end up discarding unused H1N1 vaccine [Why not just toss the sh*t now to save time?] 27 Oct 2009 The U.S. government may end up throwing away unused doses of swine flu vaccine if people cannot get it soon enough, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said 22.4 million doses were now available to states, which can get them a day after they order them. "It's quite likely that too little vaccine is one of the things that's making people more interested in getting vaccinated, frankly," Frieden told reporters.

Pregnant Women Wary of Swine Flu Shot --Survey Shows Most Pregnant Women and Moms of Young Kids Won't Get Vaccinated 27 Oct 2009 A new survey shows only about one in four pregnant women and mothers of young children plan to get the H1N1 flu vaccine this year, despite recommendations from public health groups massive propaganda campaigns urging them to do so. Only 27% plan on getting the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Swine flu doctors tell footballers to stop spitting 28 Oct 2009 It is one of the most common complaints from spectators of the beautiful game. And yesterday, footballers were warned that spitting during games is not only unattractive, but could increase the risk of spreading swine flu. The warning comes as players at two Premier League clubs in England were struck down by the virus, prompting fears that it could spread to other teams and players.

Experts discount 'accident' theory in Harvard pathology lab coffee poisoning 26 Oct 2009 A leading toxicologist believes the chances are slim that six lab workers at Harvard University Medical School were poisoned by accident. "An accident? Sodium azide is a poison," said David M. Benjamin, a toxicologist and Chestnut Hill-based clinical pharmacologist. "Absolutely not." The Herald reported yesterday that six scientists and students at the New Research Building in Boston’s Longwood Medical area were mysteriously poisoned after drinking from a communal, single-serve coffee machine on the eighth floor near their pathology lab on Aug. 26. Seconds later all six reported symptoms including dizziness and low blood pressure and were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment.

In pandemic, Internet providers might need govt authorization to block popular websites --'The DHS is responsible for ensuring that critical telecommunications infrastructure is protected.' 26 Oct 2009 Securities exchanges have a sound network back-up if a severe pandemic keeps people home and clogging the Internet [!?!] but the Homeland Security Department has done little planning, Congressional investigators said on Monday... Blocking Websites: Private Internet providers might need government authorization to block popular websites, it [GAO report] said, or to reduce residential transmission speeds to make way for commerce. The Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, a group of private-sector firms and financial trade associations, has been working to ensure that trading could continue if big exchanges had to close because of the risk of disease transmission.

Pandemic Seen Slowing Internet Traffic --Net Capacity Could be Tested by Temporary Telework 26 Oct 2009 In the event of a severe pandemic, the Internet might not be able to accommodate increased traffic caused by the increased number of people working from home, the Government Accountability Office said Monday in a report issued. The report, entitled 'Influenza Pandemic: Key Securities Market Participants Are Making Progress, but Agencies Could Do More to Address Potential Internet,' comes just days after President Obama declared a national emergency because of the spreading H1N1 flu and focuses on the financial services industry, though the impact could be broader to include a wide number of industries.

Be afraid. Be very afraid: US OKs Emergency Use of Experimental Antiviral For H1N1 Flu --The emergency-use authorization allows use of the drug without prior FDA approval. 25 Oct 2009 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing the use of an experimental antiviral drug to treat severe cases of H1N1 or swine flu. The drug, peramivir, is currently being developed by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is undergoing testing required for regular FDA approval. The FDA issued a so-called emergency use authorization late Friday [when the US usually dumps its bad news, when *no one* is paying attention] that allows doctors to use peramivir, which is delivered intravenously, in certain hospitalized adult and pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected H1N1 influenza.

City to Start Vaccinations for Swine Flu in Schools 27 Oct 2009 Despite nationwide shortfalls [Yeah, right!] in the supply of swine flu vaccine, New York City’s health commissioner said on Monday that the city was going ahead with the first stage of its plan to vaccinate schoolchildren. School nurses will begin giving free vaccinations on Wednesday at 125 small public elementary schools, all with fewer than 400 students, said the commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley.

Canadians wary of swine flu vaccine 26 Oct 2009 Most Canadians are skeptical of the swine flu threat and of the vaccine to 'fight' it, a survey suggested on Monday as the country's largest-ever vaccination program in Canada got underway. Fifty-one percent of 1,000 Canadians surveyed by polling firm Strategic Counsel for the daily Globe and Mail newspaper said they would not get vaccinated against the A(H1N1) flu virus, while 49 percent said they wanted a flu shot.

Worst Case: Choosing Who Survives in a Flu Epidemic --Initially, hospitals would apply triage rules to residents of mental institutions, nursing homes, prisons and facilities for the "handicapped." If an epidemic worsened, the rules would apply to the general population. 25 Oct 2009 New York’s governor has declared a state of emergency and hospitals are following the state’s pandemic ventilator allocation plan -- actual guidelines drafted in 2007 that are now being revisited... Initially, [Utah] hospitals would apply triage rules to residents of mental institutions, nursing homes, prisons and facilities for the "handicapped." If an epidemic worsened, the rules would apply to the general population. A version of these concepts was outlined in a post-9/11 medical journal article that suggested ways to handle victims of a large-scale bioterrorist event. [There's billions to spend to keep the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan going for benefit of US contractors and mercenaries --but no money for ventilators? Gee, I guess there really are 'death panels.' The summary above is from the New York Times. They are finally covering what the CLG covered for years, when the Bush regime was stealthily implementing pandemic plans under the cover of holiday weekends and the H1N1 flu virus was still a twinkle in Baxter's eye (even as they were applying for numerous vaccine patents for a pandemic that had yet occurred). --Lori Price]

New swine flu ads to urge Canadians to roll up their sleeves for the shot 25 Oct 2009 A sweeping ad campaign is planned over the next few weeks to prod reluctant Canadians to get the swine-flu shot, The Canadian Press has learned. The new [propaganda] campaign comes as officials try to persuade a wary public to roll up their sleeves for the H1N1 vaccine - though the ads won't be ready when most provinces begin their vaccination campaigns Monday.

Doctors lack interest in giving H1N1 vaccine 22 Oct 2009 With the flu shot now approved, provincial officials and doctors’ associations scrambled this week to water down regulations that would have forced physicians to sign a "pre-qualification agreement" before they could dole out the vaccine. Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, president of the Ottawa Academy of Medicine, said that at a town hall of about 100 doctors in her city this week, barely a third indicated interest in offering the H1N1 vaccine. Many were upset by requirements they felt were "too onerous" to allow them to give the shot in their offices, Fullerton said. The rules, initially sent out in August, would have required family doctors to complete extra paperwork reporting weekly on numbers vaccinated, ages, gender, target groups, First Nations patients, vaccine "wasted," adverse reactions and other data... In addition, "we were told that we would have to sign something called a pre-qualification agreement, which is almost like a contract, to administer the vaccine," said Ontario Medical Association president Dr. Suzanne Strasberg.

First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1 --President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. 08 Oct 2009 White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus. [Right, Obama's not going to harm his own children.]

Senators say Obama will get any flu resources he needs --President Obama declared a national emergency Friday 25 Oct 2009 A Republican and a Democratic senator pledged their support Sunday if President Barack Obama asks for further resources to respond to foment the H1N1 flu outbreak. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the chamber's top Republican, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, told the ABC program "This Week" the government should have whatever resources it needs to deal with the global H1N1 pandemic.

President Obama declares H1N1 flu a national emergency --Declaration signed Friday night allows waiver of some federal regulations 24 Oct 2009 President Obama Saturday declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency, clearing the way for legal waivers to allow hospitals and doctors offices to 'better handle' a surge of new patients. The proclamation will grant Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius the power to authorize the waivers as individual medical facilities request them, officials said. If granted a waiver, hospitals would be freed from some regulations that guide their behavior during normal day-to-day operations.

Woman dies after receiving swine flu jab --Manufacturer threatens to sue media for claims vaccine could be ineffective or dangerous 20 Oct 2009 (Hungary) A 64-year-old woman died last week just two days after receiving an inoculation against the new A(H1N1) influenza virus dubbed swine flu. The state medical service ÁNTSZ ordered an autopsy to establish whether there was any link between the vaccine and the death of the patient, who suffered from chronic, but mild, heart disease. The previous week, the manufacturer of Hungary’s A(H1N1) vaccine, Omninvest, had threatened to sue media for "scaremongering" by suggesting the vaccine could be ineffective or dangerous. [It's ineffective *and* dangerous. Sue me, maggots!]

Companies reap the swine flu windfall 23 Oct 2009 Healthcare companies are reaping the benefits of a global swine flu pandemic, brightening what might otherwise have been a dismal third quarter and bringing new focus on the market for vaccines. Large European pharmaceutical companies are reporting windfall sales from flu drugs and H1N1 vaccines.

Baxter sees multiyear opportunity in H1N1 vaccines 15 Oct 2009 Baxter International Inc, best known for its drug pumps and products for blood disorders and kidney disease, said it sees a lucrative new revenue source in vaccines and a multiyear opportunity in H1N1 swine flu vaccines. The hospital products maker said it expects to recognize $30 million to $40 million of revenue from H1N1 vaccines in the fourth quarter. [See: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009.]

Flu Vaccine Requirement for Health Workers Is Lifted 23 Oct 2009 (NY) The Paterson administration backed away on Thursday evening from a health regulation that would have compelled hundreds of thousands of health care workers and hospital volunteers to be vaccinated for seasonal and swine flu. Claudia Hutton, a spokeswoman for the State Health Department, said in an interview Thursday night that the regulation had been suspended because of a 'shortage' of H1N1 vaccine.

US tops 1,000 swine flu deaths, millions of cases: official 23 Oct 2009 The United States has seen "many millions of cases" of swine flu and more than 1,000 deaths since the H1N1 outbreak began six months ago, a top health official said Friday. "We have seen, since the beginning of the pandemic in April and May, more than 1,000 deaths from pandemic influenza and more than 20,000 hospitalizations in this country," Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a weekly news briefing.

Kimberly-Clark Profits From Swine Flu 22 Oct 2009 Swine flu is the economic gift that keeps on giving. In today's iteration of that phenomenon, face masks to guard against swine flu helped boost Kimberly-Clark's third-quarter profit 41%. Coupled with cost cuts, higher prices and lower commodity and energy costs, Kimberly-Clark raised its full-year forecast. During the quarter, the maker of Kleenex tissues earned $582 million, or $1.40 a share, compared with $413 million, or 99 cents, in the year-ago period.

Forget the rush on that H1N1 swine flu vaccine; 62% of Americans have no intention of getting it anyway 22 Oct 2009 This morning comes word from a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that almost four parents out of 10 do not believe the vaccine is safe and have no intention of allowing their children to receive it. More than 60% of adults say they have no intention of getting the vaccine either.

POLL: Swine Flu Vaccine, Parents Doubt Safety --ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 30 Percent Not Confident Vaccine Is Safe 22 Oct 2009 Nearly four in 10 parents do not plan to have their children get the swine flu vaccine this year, with doubts about its safety overwhelmingly cited as the chief reason, underscoring safety concerns as potentially a major impediment to vaccination efforts. Other results in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll buttress the point: Three in 10 adults are not confident the vaccine is safe (including one in three parents)... Views of the vaccine's safety a stronger factor than the perceived risk of getting the flu itself.

Farrakhan suspicious of H1N1 vaccine 21 Oct 2009 Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the H1N1 flu vaccine was developed to kill people, a witness said. Farrakhan spoke for nearly three hours Sunday at a gathering to observe the religious group's Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported, citing a source who attended the speech.

US lawmaker in 'seclusion' with swine flu 21 Oct 2009 Republican Representative Greg Walden announced Tuesday he "likely" had swine flu, in the first known instance of a US lawmaker thought to have contracted the A(H1N1) virus. "Just diagnosed with likely H1N1. Ugh. Off to seclusion for awhile," Walden, whose home state is Oregon, said on the micro-blogging site Twitter in a message his office confirmed was authentic.

Senate OKs disease research biolab money in Homeland Security bill --Research will be done on deadly diseases at National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility 20 Oct 2009 The Senate approved $32 million Tuesday for a planned foot-and-mouth disease research lab in Kansas, while ordering more study on the lab's safety. The money and required safety studies are part the $44.1 billion Homeland Security spending bill the Senate passed on a 79-19 vote. The Homeland Security Department has been eager to move forward with its plans for the 520,000-square-foot lab to replace the aging lab on Plum Island, N.Y. [where bioterrorists created Lyme disease. Odd, there's no money for single-payer healthcare --but there's millions to spend trying to get a(nother) pandemic started so pharmaterrorists can be paid to make vaccines to use against the outbreaks that they create. Sound familiar? --LRP]

County Boards of Health Have Powers to Institute Quarantines --The board can "summon sufficient guard for the enforcement of their orders in the premises." 20 Oct 2009 County boards of health have the power to implement a quarantine. The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health recently was reminded of its quarantine powers, now that the swine, or H1N1, flu is here. According to West Virginia Code 16-3-2, refusing to obey a quarantine order can result in a misdemeanor charge and fines of up to $200. A quarantine can be implemented to prevent the introduction of a disease into a community or prevent the spread of a disease. The board can confine an infected person or person liable to spread infection to their residence. If they do not have a home in the county, a place will be provided for them. If necessary, the board can "summon sufficient guard for the enforcement of their orders in the premises." [Um, I think we'll *pass* on the 'places' (aka KBR camps) FEMA wants to 'provide' for us. See: KBR awarded Homeland Security contract worth up to $385M 24 Jan 2006 KBR, the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co. , said Tuesday it has been awarded a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to supports its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency. The maximum total value of the contract is $385 million and consists of a 1-year base period with four 1-year options... The contract provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities... or to support the rapid development of new programs, KBR said. The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, the company said.]

'The state declared an emergency in order to get this drug through.' Legal Challenge to H1N1 Vaccine Expands 17 Oct 2009 A group that's challenging a state requirement that all health care workers in New York get vaccinated for swine flu said Thursday that it's seeking a federal injunction to halt nationwide distribution of the vaccine. "We are arguing this is a new drug and it must go through the proper testing for safety and efficacy,'' said attorney Jim Turner, who wants to stop other states from following New York's lead in mandating vaccinations.

Poll: 7 of 10 MI voters don't plan swine flu shot 19 Oct 2009 About two-thirds of Michigan voters aren't planning to get the swine flu vaccine or are unsure, and a majority of parents gave the same responses about vaccinating their children, according to a poll released Monday. The results from the survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA concern state health officials as they work to spread the word propaganda about risks and dispel myths about the 2009 H1N1 flu.

Glaxo seasonal flu vaccine approved for children 19 Oct 2009 GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the seasonal flu vaccine Fluarix for children. The drug had already been approved for adults. It is now also approved for children between the ages of 3 years and 17 years old.

School to Shut Down After Major Flu Outbreak --900 Students At St. Charles East Call In Sick 20 Oct 2009 (IL) A suburban high school is shutting down after more than 900 students were out sick with flu-like symptoms on Tuesday, school officials said.St. Charles East High School will be closed, starting Wednesday and won't re-open until Monday at the earliest. More than 700 students called in sick on Monday. The school enrolls about 2,100 kids, meaning about 40 percent of the student body stayed home from class today.

July 4 swine flu outbreak shows pattern of virus --Tamiflu did not help any of the previously healthy young people get better any quicker. 20 Oct 2009 More than 100 new cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy got infected with swine flu at a July 4 barbecue and fireworks display but quick isolation measures got it under control within two weeks, researchers reported on Tuesday. The outbreak provided a unique opportunity to study the virus closely and Dr. Catherine Takacs Witkop and colleagues say they discovered some surprising things.

H1N1 flu strain found in Canadian turkey flock 20 Oct 2009 Turkeys in the Canadian province of Ontario have become infected with the H1N1 flu virus, but no birds or eggs from the farm entered the food supply, provincial government officials said on Tuesday. The infection poses minimal risk to human health, Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said in a news conference in Toronto.

'The plan calls for different rules for some populations.' Florida hospitals to implement 'death panels' in pandemic --The state has not yet publicized the guidelines or solicited input from the general public. 18 Oct 2009 Florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases. The plan, which would guide Florida hospitals on how to ration scarce medical care during a severe flu outbreak, also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving. That decision would be made by the hospital... While it says those decisions are not to be made based on patients' perceived social worth or role, the plan calls for different rules for some populations.

Parent takes school to task over H1N1 warning letter 18 Oct 2009 A letter sent home with Vancouver schoolchildren warning about the prevalence of the H1N1 virus among students has one father questioning why parents are getting what he said could be misleading information. On Wednesday, schools sent parents a letter from the board of education addressing the prevalence of the HINI virus in several Vancouver schools... The bulletin went on to remind parents that by Nov. 1, a vaccine will be made available for all children.

Poll: 75% of Finns Don't Want the Swine Flu Vaccine 18 Oct 2009 In Finland, at least three media outlets have held polls asking the Finnish people if they are going to get the swine flu vaccine. The first online poll was held by MTV3; 61% said they do not want the swine flu vaccine. In the Helsingin Sanomat gallup, 75%, answered "No". A third poll, held at the end of September, by Ilta-Sanomat rendered the same percentage as the Helsingin Sanomat gallup, 75% will not be taking the vaccine.

A third of nurses will refuse to have the swine flu jab 18 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. Last night a Government scientist condemned the results saying nurses who do not have the jab are putting patients at risk.

Judge Halts Mandatory Flu Vaccines for Health Care Workers 16 Oct 2009 A judge on Friday morning halted enforcement of a New York State directive requiring that all health care workers be vaccinated for the seasonal flu and swine flu. The temporary restraining order by the judge, Thomas J. McNamara, an acting justice of the State Supreme Court in Albany, comes amid a growing debate about the [squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced] flu vaccine.

Swine flu prompts order: Stay home when sick 15 Oct 2009 (AZ) Swine flu fears may lead to new rules at the office -- in fact, employees who show up sick could actually be fired. Pima County is at the forefront with new rules. Employees who come to work sick will be ordered to go home. If they refuse, they face penalties "up to and including termination."

'None of the vaccines against H1N1 have been properly tested.' Lawsuit seeks to halt US swine flu vaccination campaign 15 Oct 2009 New York medical workers took legal action Thursday to halt a massive swine flu inoculation program being rolled out across the United States, claiming the vaccines have not been properly tested. Lawyers for the group filed a temporary restraining order in a Washington federal court against government medical regulators they claim rushed H1N1 vaccines to the public without adequately testing their safety and efficacy.

Top insurer tells 1,000 GPs not to give swine flu vaccine 14 Oct 2009 An insurance company has warned 1,000 GPs not to administer the swine flu vaccine. The HSE plans to enlist family doctors to give the swine flu vaccine to patients with pre-existing medical conditions. But an insurance company which covers around 1,000 of the 2,200 to 2,500 GPs in the country advised them not to sign up for the work because of legal indemnity issues.

Judge to hear arguments on mandatory flu shots 14 Oct 2009 (NY) Health care workers who are challenging a directive by New York state’s health commissioner requiring them to get swine flu shots will get their day in court next week -- but in the meantime, the commissioner’s order remains in effect. That was the outcome of a hearing on the issue today in Manhattan in a lawsuit brought by a nurse from LaGrange, Suzanne Field, according to Field’s attorney, Patricia Finn.

U.S. could use controversial adjuvants in swine flu vaccine --CDC acknowledges 'emergency' provision to use adjuvants, if pandemic accelerates 13 Oct 2009 The World Health Homicide Organization estimates that a worldwide production capacity of 3 billion doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccines will be used... This ambitious plan for widespread vaccine use has drawn criticism regarding the vaccine's safety, and the use and potential use of vaccine adjuvants. In the alternative health community, chiropractor Ginger Mills, DC, of Redwood City, is concerned that adjuvants, especially squalene, will be added to vaccines used in the U.S., should the number of cases rise.

The tents keep sick people away from other emergency room patients and relieve the cramped conditions in the emergency room halls and waiting room. Swine flu claims sixth life; hospital sets up triage tents 14 Oct 2009 (CA) Kern County has lost a sixth resident to the "swine flu." A local hospital has pitched tents to triage the growing number of patients showing up in its emergency department with coughs and fevers... Hospital Director of Emergency Services Jennifer Cook said the emergency department is handling between 210 and 230 patients. Overwhelmed by the numbers, the hospital on Wednesday moved its triage and treatment functions for flu patients into tents in the doctor's parking lot.

German soldiers to get different flu vaccine than civil population: Report 12 Oct 2009 The armed forces, according to a newspaper report, has ordered a different vaccine against the swine influenza for Germany's 250,000 soldiers. The vaccine is different than the serum which will be used to inoculate the civil population as a protection against the swine flu. The more acceptable vaccine for the soldiers contains neither controversial additives nor mercury-containing preservatives, reports the Bielefelder 'Westphalian's sheet,' according to armed forces circles. It concerns the Serum Celvapan from the pharmaceutical manufacturer Baxter. [Note: Above is a rough translation of the German article.]

Mass. House approves bill allowing quarantines --Senate version includes placing restrictions on right to public assembly, allowing arrest of individuals without warrant, mandatory vaccinations, and isolation orders issued to anyone who refused to be vaccinated 08 Oct 2009 Public health officials would have the power to isolate individuals and order quarantines to contain the outbreak of serious contagious diseases under a bill approved by the Massachusetts House [113-36] on Thursday. One of the most contentious parts of the bill would give public health officials the authority to force individuals or groups into isolation or quarantine when there is "reasonable cause to believe that a disease or condition dangerous to the public health exists or may exist or that there is an immediate risk of an outbreak." [Arrests without warrant and quarantines? Hopefully, the people will work to overthrow any government that allows *this* insanity to become law. ]

Swine flu fears grow as NHS staff shun vaccine --Health department urges frontline staff to get jab 11 Oct 2009 The Department of Health has ordered NHS bosses across England to ensure that frontline staff get immunised against swine flu amid growing signs that many doctors and nurses intend to shun the vaccine. Chief executives and boards who run hospitals, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities have been told to urgently maximise the number of workers having the jab. Leading DH figures including Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, have written to them six times in the last five weeks stressing the need for action before the second wave of the pandemic causes major problems.

Vietnam detects 3 cases of drug-resistant swine flu 12 Oct 2009 Vietnam has detected three cases of swine flu that were resistant to the antiviral drug Tamiflu... The three were admitted to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh city in late August and September and have all recovered, said Rogier van Doorn, a clinical microbiologist and doctor at the hospital. "The viruses that were isolated when they were admitted were still sensitive (to the drug), but during treatment with oseltamivir, resistance built up," said van Doorn, referring to the generic form of Tamiflu.

Nurse Challenges Mandatory Vaccines For Health Workers 10 Oct 2009 A registered nurse has asked a judge to block New York State's requirement that all health care workers receive vaccines against the seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses. Suzanne Field, a nurse in Dutchess County, told NY1 that she filed last week temporary restraining order on behalf of the nearly 60,000 medical workers who are required by state law to get both vaccines before November 30. ['We'll take your shot after you take ours.']

Relenza warning after patient dies turning flu powder into liquid 10 Oct 2009 The drugs company GlaxoSmithKline said that at least one person has died after turning its anti-flu powder Relenza into a liquid. In a letter to doctors, GSK said reformulation was not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration in the US. The FDA posted the letter online yesterday without providing details of the person who died.

Airports to Screen Passengers For H1N1 Symptoms --New Guidelines Allow Airports to Take Temperatures, Quarantine Passengers Exhibiting Flu-Like Illness --People Traveling Internationally May Be Screened When Leaving, Entering U.S. 08 Oct 2009 New government air travel guidelines are on their way. This flu season, airport staff across the nation won't just be screening for security threats. They'll also be looking out for health threats - people who look like they may have the H1N1 virus. The government says that people traveling internationally may be screened for the H1N1 virus as they leave or enter the U.S. The government warns that some passengers may be asked to pass through a screening device, have their temperatures taken, answer questions about their health, and even be quarantined if someone on the flight shows symptoms of H1N1.

N.J. residents question necessity of swine flu vaccination 08 Oct 2009 According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today, two-thirds of New Jerseyans said they plan to skip the vaccine and three-quarters said they weren’t worried about the swine flu. Nationally, an Associated Press poll Wednesday found 72 percent of those surveyed said they were worried about the vaccine’s side effects, including 38 percent who said they would not permit their child to get it.

Official: UK has 18,000 new cases of swine flu in last week 08 Oct 2009 The U.K.'s chief medical officer says there have been 18,000 new cases of swine flu in England over the last week as the country experiences the second wave of swine flu. am Donaldson said Thursday the rate of infection is much lower than had been feared.

Mass. bill would OK quarantines in health crises --The quarantine order could come in writing or verbally. 07 Oct 2009 Massachusetts lawmakers are considering giving public health officials the authority to isolate individuals and set up quarantines to contain the outbreak of serious contagious diseases. The bill would also give the public health commissioner the power to evacuate public buildings, close access to contaminated areas, and purchase and distribute serums, vaccines or antibiotics. . The bill, which has been in the works for years, is set to be debated by House lawmakers on Thursday.

Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination 07 Oct 2009 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine "safe and secure." Appearing on morning news shows to step up the Obama administration's campaign for vaccinations, Sebelius said that "the adverse effects are minimal. ... We know it's safe and secure. ...This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get."

AP Poll: Third of parents oppose swine flu vaccine --AP poll: 72 percent of those surveyed worried about side effects 07 Oct 2009 As the first wave of swine flu vaccine crosses the country, more than a third of parents don't want their kids vaccinated, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Some parents say they are concerned about side effects from the new vaccine while others say swine flu doesn't amount to any greater health threat than seasonal flu. The AP poll found that 38 percent of parents said they were unlikely to give permission for their kids to be vaccinated at school.

Rite Aid changes pregnant women's flu shot policy --It has long been more difficult for pregnant women to get a flu shot, partly because many obstetricians don't vaccinate and some pharmacists are wary of vaccinating them. 07 Oct 2009 Drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. is changing a flu-shot policy that required pregnant women to first get a doctor's prescription. Spokeswoman Cheryl Slavinsky of the Camp Hill, Pa.-based company said now, where state law allows, pregnant women seeking a flu shot at a Rite Aid store can get one without a prescription. Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. say they do not require pregnant women to have a doctor's note.

Flu Shots Delayed in Canada 07 Oct 2009 An unpublished Canadian study that suggests getting an annual flu shot may make it easier to contract swine flu has caused most provincial governments in Canada to postpone or limit seasonal-flu vaccination programs. The study is co-authored by researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and Laval University in Quebec.

Hospitals Shun H1N1 FluMist Vaccine, Wait For Injections --Concern That Doctors, Nurses Could Spread 'Live' Virus 06 Oct 2009 Several [Denver] metro area hospitals said they won’t be taking the FluMist because they don't want to endanger patients. When asked if that meant that FluMist was dangerous, Lois VanFleet, infection prevention specialist at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette said, "No, it's a very safe vaccine in healthy people." But, she said it’s made with a live virus, and that doctors and nurses who inhaled the live virus could shed some of it on patients whose immune systems are compromised.

The great swine flu mystery --As the pharmaceutical companies step up sales of swine flu vaccine, the taxpayer is still in the dark about the cost 07 Oct 2009 It's a bonanza! At least that is how some describe the drug industry's expected windfall from the swine flu pandemic as it prepares to cash in on what could be the most widespread winter flu season for a generation. The H1N1 outbreak will certainly be good news for the pharmaceutical groups, but just how good remains a mystery as the firms supplying the vaccines and treatments, and the governments buying them, refuse to give details on how much it is all costing.

New Glaxo orders point to big flu vaccine windfall 06 Oct 2009 GlaxoSmithKline Plc won a further 22 government orders for its H1N1 swine flu vaccine in the last two months, taking the total number of doses ordered to 440 million worth some $3.5 billion. The Britain-based drugmaker said on Tuesday first supplies were being shipped to governments this week and deliveries would continue through both the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first half of 2010. The addition of a further 149 million orders since Aug. 4, when Glaxo last gave an update, points to a substantial sales and profit windfall as a result of the[ir] swine flu pandemic.

U.S. flu vaccination off to slow start, CDC says 06 Oct 2009 Vaccination against the H1N1 swine flu is off to a slow start in the United States, but states have ordered more than 2 million doses of mostly nasal spray for the first patients, a top health official said on Tuesday. Every state has ordered a share of the pandemic vaccine, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news briefing.

Hospitalization Rates Higher in Kids Who Get Flu Shots Children who received the annual inactivated flu vaccine were almost three times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were not inoculated. 19 May 2009 Children who get the annual flu vaccine, especially those who have asthma, may be more likely to be hospitalized than children who don't get the shot, a new study shows. But the researcher noted that the surprise finding probably has more to do with the severity of the underlying illness in children receiving the vaccine than with any deficiency in the vaccine.

Vaccine Is On Its Way, But Public Still Wary 04 Oct 2009 Billions of tax dollars have been paid to giant pharmaceutical companies. Millions of doses of vaccine are on their way to huge warehouses across the country... As the federal government launches the most ambitious inoculation campaign in U.S. history, several surveys indicate the public is decidedly ambivalent. A nationally representative poll of 1,042 adults released Friday by the Harvard School of Public Health found that only 40 percent were sure they would receive the vaccine and that about half were certain their children would.

US rolls out massive swine flu vaccination campaign 03 Oct 2009 US health authorities are hoping to contain what they say is an intensifying swine flu pandemic with a massive A(H1N1) vaccination [propaganda] campaign starting this week. US health authorities on Friday announced plans for a massive vaccination campaign intended to protect infect millions of Americans, with the first distribution of 600,000 vaccine doses set for Tuesday, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Child swine flu jab trials begin 03 Oct 2009 About 1,000 children are taking part in a study testing two swine flu vaccines ahead of a UK vaccination programme. The trial, which began on Saturday, will involve children aged between six months and 12 in Oxford, Southampton, London, Bristol and Devon. Millions of doses of the vaccines have been purchased for use across the UK.

EU agency recommends Baxter's H1N1 flu shot 02 Oct 2009 European drugs regulators recommended Baxter's Celvapan vaccine 'against' H1N1 flu for approval on Friday and said it expected the shot to get a licence from the European Commission "shortly". The recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) comes after its expert committee on new drugs also gave a green light last week to the first H1N1 swine flu vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, called Pandemrix and Focetria. [See: Baxter: The 'Lucky Larry' of swine flu Baxter Vaccine 'Oddities' By Lori Price 17 Jul 2009 Baxter files swine flu vaccine patent year ahead of outbreak; Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor 26 Apr 2009; 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.]

NY Health Workers Protest Mandatory Vaccines 02 Oct 2009 Healthcare workers in the state of New York are resisting and protesting government-mandated vaccinations against the seasonal and swine influenzas, drawing a great deal of media coverage. Hundreds of protestors rallied Tuesday at the Capitol in Albany chanting "No forced shots" to demand that the rule be overturned. Hundreds more also gathered at demonstrations around the state.

Pharmaterrorists are making a *killing* on their pandemic: Kids will 'need' two doses of H1N1 flu vaccine 02 Oct 2009 Up to 30 million doses of [squalene-laden, mercury-filled, Polysorbate 80-laced] vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 flu have been delivered to the U.S. government and production is now picking up, officials said on Monday. But they said more studies confirm that children under the age of 9 will need two doses to be fully protected.

NV gov. urges reconsideration of flu shot rules 01 Oct 2009 Gov. Jim Gibbons on Thursday urged the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners to seek reconsideration of a judge's ruling that voided an emergency regulation allowing medical assistants to give flu shots. Clark County District Judge Kathleen Delaney this week voided the board's Sept. 18 approval because of Open Meeting Law violations.

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