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BREAKING _ MADITORY H1N1 VACCINATIONS FOR SOLDIERS

 
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BREAKING _ MADITORY H1N1 VACCINATIONS FOR SOLDIERS
Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs
Story by Jim Garamone
Date: 09.01.2009
Posted: 09.01.2009 05:37


WASHINGTON - All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it, a Defense Department health affairs official said today.

The H1N1 vaccination program will begin in early October, said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Wayne Hachey, director of preventive medicine for Defense Department health affairs.

The vaccine, which has been licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, will be mandatory for uniformed personnel, the colonel said. "What we want to do is target those people who are at highest risk for transmission," he said.

Health-care workers, deploying troops, those serving on ships and submarines, and new accessions are at the top of the list. "Any place where we take a lot of people, squash them all together and get them nice and close and put them under stressful conditions will get the vaccine first," he said.

The department will use the usual seasonal flu vaccine distribution chain for the H1N1, Hachey said, noting that while the mass H1N1 vaccinations are new to the general population, the process for vaccinating against seasonal flu is old hat for the Defense Department. "We've been doing this for decades," the colonel said. "The system is tried and true."

The department initially will receive 1 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine, and another 1.7 million doses later in October.

Officials don't know yet whether people will need one dose or two, Hachey said. "The assumption right now is that people will need two doses, 21 days apart," he said. "That may change."

FDA officials still are studying H1N1 and the vaccine, and the results should be known by the end of the month.

Seasonal flu vaccine already is available, and the Defense Department will begin giving those shots shortly, Hachey said. "That has been our message to immunizers: to try and get as many people as they can immunized against the seasonal flu early," he said.

Guidelines for giving priority to family members will follow those for the general population, Hachey said. The Department of Health and Human Services is buying millions of doses of the vaccine.

"Installations are going to register with each state as an immunizer," Hachey said. "They will tell how many people they care for. This includes dependents, retirees and so on."

The Centers for Disease Control will place the order and will ship the vaccine where needed. Family members will have multiple opportunities to get the vaccine, whether at Defense Department medical facilities or off post, Hachey said.

The CDC has established target groups for those at greatest risk for transmitting or being affected by the H1N1. They include pregnant women, health-care workers, those younger than 25 or older than 65, and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Hachey said previous plans are serving the Defense Department well. "We have been preparing for pandemic flu because of its potential impact on the mission," he said.

The symptoms of the H1N1 flu are almost the same as the seasonal flu: fever, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, muscle aches and feeling rundown. The 2009 H1N1 virus – formerly known as swine flu – is a pandemic virus, according to the World Health Organization. U.S. officials call the virus "troubling" and urge communities across the United States to take actions to mitigate the effects of it. The federal government is urging states and municipalities to begin preparing now for the fall flu season.

President Barack Obama addressed the H1N1 pandemic following a White House meeting today.

"As I said when we saw the first cases of this virus back in the spring, I don't want anybody to be alarmed, but I do want everybody to be prepared," he said. "We know that we usually get a second, larger wave of these flu viruses in the fall, and so response plans have been put in place across all levels of government."

But government cannot do it all, and the American people have a responsibility to stop the spread of the disease, Obama said. "We need families and businesses to ensure that they have plans in place if a family member, a child or a co-worker contracts the flu and needs to stay home," he said.

"And most importantly, we need everyone to get informed about individual risk factors, and we need everyone to take the common-sense steps that we know can make a difference," the president said. "Stay home if you're sick. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your sneezes with your sleeve, not your hands. And take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy. I know it sounds simple, but it's important and it works."

The H1N1 is a never-before-seen combination of human, swine and avian flu viruses, officials said. First detected in Mexico in February, it quickly spread around the world. According to July WHO statistics, there have been 94,512 H1N1 cases worldwide, and 429 people have died from it. In the United States, 33,902 contracted H1N1, and 170 have died.
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Soldiers get all sorts of shots, and they can't say no, I believe...

Sucks.
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Soldiers get all sorts of shots, and they can't say no, I believe...

Sucks.
 Quoting: MarkusMaximus

Yes it does. I've heard they get a combo shot before any deployment that stings like a mother
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And so if the vaccine causes trouble ... America's entire armed forces will be compromised. We will be sitting ducks.
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And so if the vaccine causes trouble ... America's entire armed forces will be compromised. We will be sitting ducks.
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blink
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Is there a link to this story?
Have some people I really want to pass it on to.
Thanks.
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Is there a link to this story?
Have some people I really want to pass it on to.
Thanks.
 Quoting: Uneasy Ostrich

Im about 99.9% sure its true...
They just love stickin soldiers
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They can say no! Best to skip out on this one. A lot of soldiers may want to consider repatriating to a country that doesn't want to kill them.
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Is there a link to this story?
Have some people I really want to pass it on to.
Thanks.

Im about 99.9% sure its true...
They just love stickin soldiers
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Yes, sorry

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"Any place where we take a lot of people, squash them all together and get them nice and close and put them under stressful conditions..."
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sounds like a plan....

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Re: BREAKING _ MADITORY H1N1 VACCINATIONS FOR SOLDIERS
Is there a link to this story?
Have some people I really want to pass it on to.
Thanks.

Im about 99.9% sure its true...
They just love stickin soldiers



Yes, sorry

[link to www.dvidshub.net]
 Quoting: <<<FOCUS>>>

Thanks!
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Re: BREAKING _ MADITORY H1N1 VACCINATIONS FOR SOLDIERS
I did two searches sorry for the double post.
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I did two searches sorry for the double post.
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No problem buddy, we've all done it
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Yes it does. I've heard they get a combo shot before any deployment that stings like a mother
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The Anthrax burns a little going in but take one step and
it feel like you just got injected with battery acid!!



















...I heard.
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Flu strains have a nasty habit of mutating in soldiers. They can't stay home from work and are often in over crowded sometimes unsanitary conditions. Look at the Great Spanish Flu Pandemic.
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This is it. It will wipe out the military along with the hospital staffs.

"Step right up, get your Guillain-Barre Syndrome."

If you don't know what that is you best google it, while you can still use your hands.

They kill off 4000 with 'dirty surgical tools' in March, they give 12,000 hepatitis A, B, C and AIDs last week, now they get the rest with this BS vaccine. All for a flu that gives you a fever for 2 days. pfft.

If the military doesn't stand up now, they never will. Obama wants to replace you with his new Obamaforce. Don't be fools.

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