Saturday, October 24, 2009

Why is the CDC Donating H1N1 Vaccines?

Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that the swine flu has spread all over the world. Today, President Obama declared a national emergency to help fight the disease. This will allow hospital officials to more aggressively treat and vaccinate people from this disease. The illness that began last April in Mexico has now spread all over the world, and there are even some reports the virus has infected 1 in 5 US children and spreading like a wild fire.

Barack Obama declares a swine flu national emergency today

Shortages of the vaccine are now widespread as parents are trying to get their children vaccinated. Vaccine manufacturers of the swine flu have promised the CDC 42 million doses by mid-November and 75 million by mid-December. That is still far short of the 305 million people who live in the United States.

This is of no comfort of the American public because the virus is spreading, now. With the vaccine in high demand and taking 6 weeks to become effective, people are starting to panic.
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With shortages occuring all over the country, news of the CDC donating the vaccine to third world countries is coming out. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that we would be donating the vaccine even as we are having mass shortages in our country. Our officials need to take a step back and make sure our people are taken care of first before we start helping other countries.

To date, over 1000 people have died and over 20,000 have been hospitalized nationwide, according to a recent phone study by the CDC. Our hospitals are overwhelmed by patients coming to emergency rooms. Hospitals are starting to turn people away and sending them elsewhere as hospital become strained. Why is the CDC donating this vaccine when thousands and even millions of Americans are becoming or may become infected with this disease?

If America is to get through this, officials need to realize that America comes first. Being the leader of the free world. We need to make sure that our people and social structure are safe first before we go and try and protect every other country. Just like in an airplane, flight attendents tell parents to place air masks on themselves first, and then place the mask on their children.

As the most powerful nation in the world we do have responsibilities. Those responsibilities have limits however. When our social system is threatened by an illness or any other occurance our government needs to realize who comes first. If we don't take care of our countrymen there will be no one to take care of those countries that have received little or no help from this disease.

Stay safe; if you feel sick, stay home. Cough or sneeze into you shoulder, not your hands. Here is a link to go to if you think you might have H1N1. Click here

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