of health-care workers was associated with a substantial decrease in mortality
among patients. However, virological surveillance showed no associated
decrease in non-fatal influenza infection in patients.
coughing or sneezing) or be fired.
workers and then expand the mandate to the entire population. Fifteen years ago flu shots were only for those over 65, but CDC slowly expanded the recommendations to now include the entire US population over 6 months of age. The NY Times says CDC wants 80% of Americans vaccinated yearly by 2020. (Less than 50% are now.)
health workers) for the sorry state of US healthcare and US life expectancy — we are #38.
vaccines. This is the result of a
recent $220 million contract with DHHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research
and Development Authority, and is in addition to its anthrax vaccine
other vaccines before use, due to the brief interval between deciding on their composition and administering them. One must therefore rely on the
reputation of the manufacturer to gauge product
quality. Emergent Biosolutions has
a track record of shoddy manufacture. This is another reason to avoid future flu shots.
mandates as the hundreds of vaccines in development enter the market. Mandatory flu vaccines may serve as a trial balloon to see how the US public responds to vaccine mandates for grownups.