State takes extra steps to battle flu in fall

This sounds just a little scary. Why would they deputize dentists, paramedics and pharmacists? This sounds more like a move towards martial law, giving more people the power to force these “voluntary” vaccines onto the public. Is Massachusetts the only state that will do this, or is it just the first?

The fact that this flu currently has a very low mortality rate seems to be irrelavant to the government. They seem to be pulling out all the stops to panic the public into voluntarily take the relatively untested vaccine. I expect a repeat of 1976, where more people were harmed by the vaccine than by the actual flu virus.

From The Boston Globe:

Massachusetts health authorities took the unprecedented step yesterday of deputizing dentists, paramedics, and pharmacists to help administer vaccines against both the seasonal flu and the novel swine strain expected to make a return visit in the fall.

In another emergency measure, regulators directed hospitals and clinics to provide vaccine to all their workers and some volunteers, a move designed to keep the medical workforce robust and prevent doctors and nurses from making their patients sick.

The actions illustrated the intensifying sense of urgency as health authorities, hospital administrators, and clinic executives across the nation confront the prospect of providing hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine against not one but two deadly types of flu in the same season.

Read the rest:

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/08/13/state_asks_volunteers_to_aid_flu_vaccinations/?s_campaign=8315

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