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Florida's surgeon general says the state is preparing for massive swine flu immunizations, starting with schoolchildren, as the Obama administration urges states to prepare for the likelihood that the virus might worsen in the fall.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, told the swine flu summit some H1N1 vaccine should be ready by mid-October.

''Scientists and public health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 may well worsen in the fall, when the regular flu season hits or even earlier, when schools start to open, which is only five or six weeks away,'' she said.

Florida already is planning for such vaccinations, said Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros, Florida surgeon general, as she emerged from the summit.

''We're already meeting with local schools and day-care centers on how we would do this,'' she said. ``By mid-October we won't have doses for everyone. The vaccines will have to be directed toward individuals at high risk. It's important to determine who really is at risk. With swine flu, more of the younger ages are affected. That puts more stress on schools.''

Complicating the issue is the need to vaccinate against regular seasonal flu and the swine flu with different vaccines at the same time, Viamonte Ros said. Priorities would have to be different, because regular flu hits older people harder while swine flu is most widespread among the young.


No final decision has been made on whether to vaccinate Americans, Sibelius said. That depends on studies with experimental batches that are to start in August. But if all goes well, the federal government will buy vaccine from manufacturers and share it free among the states.

Local officials also worried about the prospect of closing schools if the flu gets worse in the fall. School closures last spring created havoc for working parents without day care, until health officials reversed the policy and reopened schools even if they had swine flu cases.

Miami-Dade schools already are preparing for widespread vaccinations and also planning in case some schools have to close in the fall, said Wilma Steiner, Miami-Dade schools' director of health services.

If Florida schools have to close again, they must be ready to use distant learning techniques to cope, she said.

''We're already using a lot of these things -- teachers posting assignments, holding study sessions online so when schools reopen the kids won't have fallen behind,'' Viamonte Ros said.

Following Obama's lead, Broward and Miami-Dade health leaders said Thursday they already have extensive plans in place in case of serious swine flu pandemic this fall and winter. But they have much work to do.

''We're working really hard to be prepared,'' said Lillian Rivera, director of the Miami-Dade Health Department. ``But we've never experienced a pandemic before.''

A major concern is having enough qualified personnel available for big vaccination programs, she said.

``We're bringing in all of our community partners to qualify them to give shots -- firemen, nurses in fire departments, paramedics, medical students under the supervision of doctors.''

''We've had a mass vaccination plan in place for some time, working with law enforcement, emergency management services and health care providers,'' said Dr. Paula Thaqi, director of the Broward Health Department. ``We're making sure we're ready with supplies, locations and staffing.''

U.S. health officials say the H1N1 flu has been relatively mild so far, and has shown no evidence of mutating into a more virulent strain.

Of 170 deaths so far in the United States, 75 percent were of people with underlying health conditions such as asthma or heart problems.

On Thursday, the state health department reported two more swine flu deaths -- a 55-year-old man in Duval County and a 25-year-old woman in Palm Beach County -- raising the number of lab-confirmed deaths in Florida to seven.


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This report was supplemented with material from The Associated Press.





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Michael Jackson

"But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human"

"Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me"
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Most people won't listen...they want to stay in the box with the majority of the othere vaccine victims, who they perceive as 'normal'....their children could be harmed...they are all in the box...a Mack truck is getting ready to run over the box.
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Trin and SHR I don't know if either of you has children of school age but pass this along to friends and family
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Re: Florida Prepares for Massive Swine Flu Vaccinations
Michael Jackson

"But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human"

"Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me"
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Uh couldn't you have posted this on the MJ thread? This is about Swine Flu vaccinations. Sheeesh!
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Michael Jackson

"But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human"

"Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me"
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wtf i wish i had editing power
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thank you

CBS " 60 MINUTES" documentary on the swine flu epidemics of 1976 in the U.S. It went on air only once and was never shown again.
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It's important to determine who really is at risk. With swine flu, more of the younger ages are affected. That puts more stress on schools

I thought they said this DOESN'T affect the young and old this time around. It really affects the middle aged.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm
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It's important to determine who really is at risk. With swine flu, more of the younger ages are affected. That puts more stress on schools

I thought they said this DOESN'T affect the young and old this time around. It really affects the middle aged.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm
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Ok, next paragraph. I'll read through before posting. ;)
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I have the waiver for my child.

I'm hopeful that the schools would inform or get some type of consent form from the parent before shooting the children up.

On another note, I did have a vivid dream a few months ago about my church locking the doors and forcing people to get the shot.

It could of been communion though. ;)
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It's important to determine who really is at risk. With swine flu, more of the younger ages are affected. That puts more stress on schools

I thought they said this DOESN'T affect the young and old this time around. It really affects the middle aged.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm
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It affects the children because 40 year olds don't go to government schools that require vaccines!
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On another note, I did have a vivid dream a few months ago about my church locking the doors and forcing people to get the shot.

It could of been communion though. ;)
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chuckle
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[link to www.floridatoday.com]

Florida's surgeon general says the state is preparing for massive swine flu immunizations, starting with schoolchildren, as the Obama administration urges states to prepare for the likelihood that the virus might worsen in the fall.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, told the swine flu summit some H1N1 vaccine should be ready by mid-October.

''Scientists and public health experts forecast that the impact of H1N1 may well worsen in the fall, when the regular flu season hits or even earlier, when schools start to open, which is only five or six weeks away,'' she said.

Florida already is planning for such vaccinations, said Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros, Florida surgeon general, as she emerged from the summit.

''We're already meeting with local schools and day-care centers on how we would do this,'' she said. ``By mid-October we won't have doses for everyone. The vaccines will have to be directed toward individuals at high risk. It's important to determine who really is at risk. With swine flu, more of the younger ages are affected. That puts more stress on schools.''

Complicating the issue is the need to vaccinate against regular seasonal flu and the swine flu with different vaccines at the same time, Viamonte Ros said. Priorities would have to be different, because regular flu hits older people harder while swine flu is most widespread among the young.


No final decision has been made on whether to vaccinate Americans, Sibelius said. That depends on studies with experimental batches that are to start in August. But if all goes well, the federal government will buy vaccine from manufacturers and share it free among the states.

Local officials also worried about the prospect of closing schools if the flu gets worse in the fall. School closures last spring created havoc for working parents without day care, until health officials reversed the policy and reopened schools even if they had swine flu cases.

Miami-Dade schools already are preparing for widespread vaccinations and also planning in case some schools have to close in the fall, said Wilma Steiner, Miami-Dade schools' director of health services.

If Florida schools have to close again, they must be ready to use distant learning techniques to cope, she said.

''We're already using a lot of these things -- teachers posting assignments, holding study sessions online so when schools reopen the kids won't have fallen behind,'' Viamonte Ros said.

Following Obama's lead, Broward and Miami-Dade health leaders said Thursday they already have extensive plans in place in case of serious swine flu pandemic this fall and winter. But they have much work to do.

''We're working really hard to be prepared,'' said Lillian Rivera, director of the Miami-Dade Health Department. ``But we've never experienced a pandemic before.''

A major concern is having enough qualified personnel available for big vaccination programs, she said.

``We're bringing in all of our community partners to qualify them to give shots -- firemen, nurses in fire departments, paramedics, medical students under the supervision of doctors.''

''We've had a mass vaccination plan in place for some time, working with law enforcement, emergency management services and health care providers,'' said Dr. Paula Thaqi, director of the Broward Health Department. ``We're making sure we're ready with supplies, locations and staffing.''

U.S. health officials say the H1N1 flu has been relatively mild so far, and has shown no evidence of mutating into a more virulent strain.

Of 170 deaths so far in the United States, 75 percent were of people with underlying health conditions such as asthma or heart problems.

On Thursday, the state health department reported two more swine flu deaths -- a 55-year-old man in Duval County and a 25-year-old woman in Palm Beach County -- raising the number of lab-confirmed deaths in Florida to seven.


-------------------------------------------------------------​-------------------
This report was supplemented with material from The Associated Press.





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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 588322

Funny the way you put it seems a little different...............

REASON?
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They want to kill the elderly so they don't cost money on the health Care benefits.

Also, social security is under funded an this is a way to fix that little problem.

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