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อาทิตย์, 06 กันยายน 2009

Robert Glatter, MD, Emergency Medicine, 10:33AM Aug 28, 2009


The CDC is apparently considering an early release of the H1N1 vaccine in response to recent reports from a White House panel that the H1N1 virus could potentially infect half of the U.S population, lead to 1.8 million hospitalizations and result in 90,000 deaths.

The CDC has downplayed some of the estimates, stating that these projections should be regarded with caution. However, there are some indications that these projections may have impacted thinking about when to release the H1N1 vaccine.
 
According to ABC news, "a presidential panel of scientists is projecting that as schools open, the number of infections could grow by tenfold every couple of weeks. In order to stem a rapid spread of the virus, the government is considering a radical move. Distributing a vaccine, even if testing on the vaccine is not yet complete."
 

Kathleen Sebelius, the HHS Secretary, explains that H1N1 "is scarier than some issues we've seen before, is that no one has a built-in immunity to this virus." She said, "We think it's wise to get some vaccine ready to go as quickly as you possibly can. That probably outweighs the waiting to gather all the evidence.
 
Dr. Frank DeStefano of the CDC's Immunization Safety Office, states that early results are encouraging, and that "this should be a very safe vaccine."

The vaccine has been tested thus far in about 4,500 individuals over the past month in a multicenter trial, with minimal reports of adverse effects other than minor site reactions and "sore arms".
 
Do you feel that releasing the vaccine early, prior to completion of these intial trials, is a reasonable plan of action, in light of the potential virulence of the H1N1 flu strain?

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