Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The CDC reported today that Children and adults under age 25 have accounted for 53% of hospitalizations for laboratory-confirmed H1N1 and 23.6% of related deaths since Sept. 1. Flu vaccine, its production an distribution are all under strick control of the Federal government. The private market for flu vaccine vanished with lawsuits and regulation years ago. So, we now have shortages of both H1N1 and regular seasonal flu vaccine. I can help but believe if there was not the Federal involvement and trial attorneys sueing like crazy, the pharmaceutical business would have been all over the mass production of the flu vaccines. We most likely would have had so much that we were exporting it and even hiring people to help make it. Instead, the ICUs are filled with the young and dying. Got to love the Federal Government and their single payor system for flu vaccine.