Saturday, May 23, 2009

Swine Flu Signals: Vaccine is Coming




The swine flu news has been surreal and contradictory, alerting us to the flu pandemic/epidemic that isn't. Schools have shut down, people have died, travelers have been quarantined, and warnings have come that swine flu will return with a vengeance in the Fall. At the same time we're told not to panic. One day is up, next day is down.

An AP release today informs us of that the U.S. is "moving closer to swine flu vaccine"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to deliver one or both to vaccine manufacturers by the end of next week so scientists can begin the months-long process of producing shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to deliver one or both to vaccine manufacturers by the end of next week so scientists can begin the months-long process of producing shots.

The article goes on to remind us that "85" people have died from the swine flu, and for "every 20" people diagnosed there are many more walking around with the flu that don't know it. In up/down fashion, we're then also told the flu is "declining."

Work on the vaccine continues:
If one or both prove usable, manufacturers could begin producing pilot lots for testing this summer to see if the shots are safe, trigger immune protection and require one dose or two.

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