Decision Making Regarding the Swine Flu Vaccine
What a no win. Since this bug picks on the young and pregnant (and their unborn) although in small numbers this is a true predicament IMHO. A vaccine may not even work, the season flu vac has been off several times in the last decade and this bug mutates rapidly.
I am a HCW and had been advised not to take the flu vaccine after a reaction last year so I am stocked up on Tamiflu and Relenza. Here in NY there will probably be mandatory vaccination of HCW which will also be an interesting predicament. I think it is very risky to release a minimally tested vaccine, unfair to the public. The legal immunity does not surprise me at all though.
No treatment is without risk and I think patients and their health care providers have a responsibility to discuss all relevant risks. There are going to be problems either way. There are individual and public health concerns, especially at schools.
I don’t know what the right answer here is. Unvaccinated people can pose a risk to everyone but the vaccine poses a risk to individuals. And it may not even work. And we are talking about vaccinating front line workers and kids and pregnant women FIRST.
Sorry for ramble, it is late, take care all and good luck. The vaccine testing will begin shortly, hopefully Investorzzo you will keep us updated on the results in the alternate press and MSM. I will be following my usual blogs (H5N1, Effect Measure, Avian Flu Diary, etc…)
Yes, it is a predicament, indeed . . . Here’s how I’ve resolved the decision-making process:
- Likelihood that this virus is truly an epic threat to mankind: <10%.
- Likelihood that this vaccine is truly safe: <10%.
- Likelihood that our federal government has our well being in mind: <5%.
- Likelihood that my immune system is up to the task of defending me: >50%.
- LIkelihood that I am prepared for death, in the event that the percentages go against me: >50%.
Mathematically, it’s a no-brainer. . .