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August 5th, 2009
02:03 PM ET

Swine flu attacks young people, pregnant women

At a briefing yesterday with senior administration officials, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent learned more about federal efforts to get the vaccine to those who need it most.


Filed under: Daily Dose • Heidi Collins
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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    Educating the children from day one when school starts is the best way to control the flu such as washing there hands avoiding contact with other people stop sharing food's and drink's cover there mouth's when sneezing or coughing and alerting the school nurse when they see someone that might be ill most parents dont teach there kids to do these things so it's up to the educater's to educate them and also adding extra medical staff would be wise.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  2. David

    Hi Heidi,

    Stunning to find out in your interview with Elizbeth Cohen that the swine flu or H1N1 vaccine is comprised of two shots with a three week wait in between each vaccination. Does that mean that the million and a half vaccines that I've heard will be ready in autumn will only serve about 750, 000 people? Or does that number include the double shot?

    Why, though,does it take two vaccinations and why would it take from October until December to produce enough vaccine? I mean if it's in production now, why wouldn't it be out faster?

    Does the CDC feel that tamiflu has any efficacy as a treatment for H1N1?

    When Elizabeth Cohen says we might not have an immunized population until December, is she referring to the entire population of the US? It occurs to me that December is the middle of flu season, but that the number of cases of regular flu peaks at the end of winter/beginning of spring. Will that be the case with H1N1?

    Thank you for your calm to the point reporting. I hope we get a handle on H1N1 soon and can prevent a pandemic and successfully treat people who do contract the virus.

    August 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  3. barbara

    Absolutely discusting, these air headed politician's think they are so
    self agrandizing as to be worth the American people granting their every desire.
    They should be on social security like the rest of the senior's.
    They should all be sent packing in the next election.
    Vote with your rage !

    August 6, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  4. John

    My! Why is everyone forgetting about Benjamin Cardozo who WAS the first Hispanic on the court.?

    August 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  5. Bob Smith

    If we leave things the way the current healthcare system is set up, we are wasting $1.2 Trillion per year. Forget about the deficit and the national debt, in 10 years there will be nothing else to discuss but survival. We either pay for it now or later. There is no way about it. Forget about small government involvement, this thought process should have been the foresight 20-25 years ago. Today we have to go for it and make the best of it. Would it be cheaper now or later. Remember, there are 166Million babyboomers needing medical care each year and this wave exponentially will be adding to the medical process thats currently wasteful. Stop complaining and being angry, do something constructive. Let's find the cheapest way around this which would cost 1.6 Trillion within a span of 10 years.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  6. scotte Hampton VA

    If we have 50 mil uninsured, and the many who have insurance are overpaying, and the government is going to fix it, why would I show up at a town hall meeting? Only the opponents are showing up. My belief that these these are racist redneck republicans raising all of the hell have been reenforced by the nazi sign, the balck lady being attacked and thrown out of the meeting in Missouri, and the lady that admitted she was a redneck at the senator Grassley metting in North Dakota. These are the people that never supported President Obama in the past and don't want to support a black president now. Don't let the billion dollar insurance and drug companies stop affordable medical reform..

    August 13, 2009 at 9:45 am |

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