The old policy ...
Who Should Get Vaccinated
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, it is recommended by ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] that certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications. During flu seasons when vaccine supplies are limited or delayed, ACIP makes recommendations regarding priority groups for vaccination.
People who should get vaccinated each year are:
“The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of 15 experts in fields associated with immunization who have been selected by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.”
“The Committee develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications. The ACIP is the only entity in the federal government that makes such recommendations.” <Source:ACIP>
The NEW policy …
CDC Advisors Make Recommendations for Use of Vaccine Against Novel H1N1
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met today to make recommendations for use of vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1).
The committee met to develop recommendations on who should receive vaccine against novel influenza A (H1N1) when it becomes available, and to determine which groups of the population should be prioritized if the vaccine is initially available in extremely limited quantities.
The committee recommended the vaccination efforts focus on five key populations. Vaccination efforts are designed to help reduce the impact and spread of novel H1N1. The key populations include those who are at higher risk of disease or complications, those who are likely to come in contact with novel H1N1, and those who could infect young infants. When vaccine is first available, the committee recommended that programs and providers try to vaccinate:
The groups listed above total approximately 159 million people in the United States.
The committee does not expect that there will be a shortage of novel H1N1 vaccine, but availability and demand can be unpredictable. There is some possibility that initially the vaccine will be available in limited quantities. In this setting, the committee recommended that the following groups receive the vaccine before others:
Pardon my cynicism, but how many people have noticed that “senior citizens over the age of 50 and those who are over 64 and who are chronically ill or have compromised immune systems have been left off the Flu Vaccination Priority List?
Is this a bureaucratic snafu caused by a transcription error or a deliberate attempt to enforce the Obama’s new healthcare initiative where senior citizens must be re-prioritized because “best practices” indicate that any treatment of older Americans is likely to be less effective than the treatment of other segments of the population?
One wonders how a politically-managed healthcare system might work …
You can receive care if:
- You are a current or former elected official
- You are a current or former government employee
- You are a member of a union
- You are wealthy
- You are politically connected
- You are a lobbyist
- You are a friend of a politician or high-ranking government bureaucrat
- You promise to vote with the party in power
Well you get the idea. Do you want your healthcare in the hands of politicians and the special interests who are famous for rewarding their friends and punishing their enemies?
Where is AARP?
I didn’t notice any uproar over senior citizens, the most vulnerable of our normal population, being omitted from the government’s list. Could that be because they are in the process of selling out their membership in order to pursue government-granted business opportunities on the “for profit” side of their business? Or because the leadership believes in Obama rather than supporting their dues-paying members?
What will you do?
If you are in the target population or even if you are in good health and over 50 years of age – just ask your own doctor. Medical choices and recommendations should be made by physicians not politicians – and certainly not radical leftists like those found in the Obama Administration who strongly believe in population control and medical cost containment, be it from abortion or restricting healthcare to senior citizens.
Be well, be safe and remember to protect yourself and your family first.
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