Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?

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Registered: 11-17-2007
Give Your Child the Swine Flu Vaccine?
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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 3:28pm
How many parents are eager to jump on the bandwagon with giving all children the swine flu vaccine in the fall? I am not. I keep reading about schools are going to be used for vaccination clinics and children will be targeted first and foremost. I am already wondering how many children will needlessly suffer due to a vaccine that hasn't been thoroughly tested in the proper amount of time.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 9:37pm

from what I have read they

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 8:59pm

We're so bad about getting off topic around here that maybe it would be best to make new threads some of the time. :)

"It appears the strain developed in a patient who was taking the drug to prevent illness,"

I'm confused. Are people taking Tamiflu just because they MIGHT get the flu? I mean, gee --- why not just take the shot instead? This statement sounds like the guy was simply taking Tamiflu to avoid the illness. I thought you took Tamiflu AFTER you got an illness? Or was he taking it because the swine flu vaccine has not been released yet? That's what people are doing as a means of "prevention"???

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 8:42pm

So I dont have to start a new thread- I will just put this here since it deals with the swine flu.


Drug-resistant swine flu seen in Danish patient
By MIKE STOBBE

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ATLANTA -For the first time, a case of swine flu has proven resistant to Tamiflu — the leading pharmaceutical weapon against the new virus, international health officials said Monday.

The resistance was seen in a patient in Denmark, who has recovered.

"The goods news is they just found one," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges of the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention.

It appears the strain developed in a patient who was taking the drug to prevent illness, and it has not spread to others. That's a much better scenario than if the patient had not been taking Tamiflu and picked up a drug-resistant strain already spreading through the public, said Bridges, associate director for science in the CDC's influenza division.

Also, it is not a mutation that includes pieces of both seasonal flu and the new pandemic form of the virus, according to Roche, the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company that makes Tamiflu. Scientists have been worried about the new swine flu swapping genes with seasonal or other types of flu and perhaps mutating into a more dangerous or more infectious form.

Until an effective vaccine is developed, the drugs Tamiflu and Relenza have been considered the best available defense against the swine flu virus, which has caused nearly 28,000 reported illness in the United States, including more than 3,000 hospitalizations and 127 deaths.

Tamiflu resistance has not been seen in nearly 200 swine flu samples tested in the United States, Bridges said. But the resistance has been seen in other types of flu. Late last year, CDC officials reported that the most common flu bug circulating at the time was overwhelmingly resistant to Tamiflu. Health officials have believed it was probably a matter of time before a swine flu sample tested resistant, too.

The Danish case was isolated, however, and guidelines from the CDC and the World Health Organization continue to recommend Tamiflu as a treatment. No details were released on the patient's age or gender, or on when the patient was sick.

"It is possible to see occasional reports of resistance while a drug remains largely effective," said Terry Hurley, a Roche spokesman.

http://news.aol.com/article/drug-resistant-swine-flu-seen-in-danish/548547

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Registered: 07-17-2005
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 4:46pm
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Mon, 06-29-2009 - 2:04am

yeah baxter, thats nice, huh?


Read this a few days ago..


http://peacerebelgirl.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/would-you-trust-baxter-to-make-a-swine-flu-vaccine/


Would You Trust Baxter to Make a Swine Flu

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Registered: 05-14-2007
Sun, 06-28-2009 - 11:25pm
don't get to reply very often but this struck a note!I saw a scroll on the today show a couple of weeks ago that said Baxter Int. was to head up the new swine flew vac. the same one who distributed vaccines tainted w/the bird flu in Czech. no word of this in US news!!!anyone else see this scroll or hear of this???NO WAY would i get this for my kids or me,I'm just afraid they might try to make us.I don't know if I should send a letter to the school or go to the office and tell them that I am to be contacted,or write a letter that I refuse this vac. for my kids.I'm afraid to send them to school
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Registered: 06-05-2008
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 5:06pm
No way! Not in me or my kids! Thankfully my kids aren't school age so they won't be vaxed w/o my knowledge or permission either.
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Registered: 06-16-2009
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 12:56pm
it does make sense. i do not take the flu shot each year for that exact reason, for my situation I figure why take a risk with all of the "extras"- controversial ingredients, possible ae, etc.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 12:39pm

No correction here - you're not wrong.

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Registered: 12-14-2005
Wed, 06-24-2009 - 9:57am
Heh Thanks Crunchy - I know they grow up so fast!





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