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10-05-2009, 08:35 AM
The first doses of the H1N1 vaccine are expected to be released this week. While that is bringing relief to some Americans, it's also helping to ignite a controversy for one group
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Outside New York 's capitol building, health care workers - shouting "Give me liberty!"

- vowed to fight an unprecedented order from state health officials: a requirement for every health care worker to get seasonal and H1N1 flu shots or face the possibility of being fired.
Will the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines be safe?

Will the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine contain thimerosal?
The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines that FDA is licensing (approving) will be manufactured in several formulations. Some will come in multi-dose vials and will contain thimerosal as a preservative. Multi-dose vials of seasonal influenza vaccine also contain thimerosal to prevent potential contamination after the vial is opened.

Some 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines will be available in single-dose units, which will not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and will not contain thimerosal.


10-05-2009, 09:12 AM
Ron Paul and Gloria Steinem, Unite!

New York health-care workers are protesting the emergency regulation adopted this summer by the State Health Department making seasonal and swine flu shots mandatory.

As well they should. So should good conservatives, libertarians – and yes – the pro-choice left. If those groups sound incongruous, it’s because they generally are.

But New York State ’s bold and radical move to mandate flu shots is an area in which they should meet in agreement. And they shouldn’t leave this fight to New York ’s nurses and hospital administrators to fight alone.

The health-care workers are coming at the alarming new requirement, unanimously approved by the state Hospital Review and Planning Council, from a number of angles – some say the vaccine hasn’t been adequately tested. Others suggest vaccination in general carries unnecessary risks. And others say their labor agreement with the Public Employees Federation should make it illegal for the state to mandate the shots – they’ve even alleged that some employees have been fired or quit because they refused to get it.


10-10-2009, 01:22 AM
The state of Nevada is paying for my H1N1 vaccine next week.

10-10-2009, 03:32 AM
I kind of understand the mandate. We dont want our health workers spreading the disease. Doctors complaining about having to get a flu vaccine is kind of like pharmacists complaining about having to fill prescriptions. It just goes with the job.