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Rell Requests Expedited H1N1 Vaccines
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With cases of H1N1 starting to pile up in Connecticut, Governor Jodi Rell says the state needs to know when the federal government plans to ship more flu vaccine. Says state officials were told in July to expect about 500,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine by mid-October. But it only received over 127,000 doses, and Rell says the holdup is trying the patience of health officials statewide.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius late last week, Governor Rell wrote that the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines need to be expedited, and that the entire vaccine production and distribution system should be overhauled in the future. Rell says it's not only hitches in the distribution of the vaccine, but the outdated way the vaccine is produced that is causing the delay.

Rell says as the vaccine arrives, the state will follow CDC guidelines and administer the vaccine first to pregnant women, then children 6 months to 4 years, then school age children and adolescents, and finally the rest of the population.


Media Reaction - Swine Flu Vaccine Vs. Bird Flue Vaccine Shortag

Several years ago, amidst a bird flue panic the pharmaceutical companies botched the production an could not provide enough tamiflu and other such items and the Bush Adminsitration was brutalized byt he press and the democrats.

Move forward several years, and with a known threat 6 months ago, the Obama administration had time to throw resources and monitor product but yet here we are (38 dead in MI so far and thats just MI - read the detroit news 11/10/09 headlines) and there are massive shortages of the swine flu shot.  However, the media is silent, the democrats are silent and Obama skates on by.  The media truly is in obamas pocket and we the public should ask why and wonder as to the security of our Democracy if the media is in the bag for one party versus another.