This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Avian Flu

With a possible vaccine for H5N1 still in developmental stages, the US has waited too long to order Tamiflu, says Dr. Irwin Redlener,
director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. "We're playing Russian roulette with public health here," he says in a Newsweek article.
"Of course, that's just what the administration doesn't want anyone to think," he adds.

It is hard to know what to do to prepare for the possibility of pandemic avian flu. I don't have much faith in our government's ability to develop, procure or distribute enough vaccine to contain an outbreak. I have not seen any articles outlining measures to help prevent exposure or mitigate the effects of the flu should it be contracted. I am going to make an appointment with our internist to ask for her advice. Since deaths seem to come from pneumonia-like illness, would a pneumonia vaccination be of any benefit? Is frequent hand-washing our only defense? My conclusion at this time is that the best way to prevent exposure would be to shelter in place at home. I don't know how practical it is to imagine that we could all simply opt out of work or school should avian flu rear its ugly beak in our towns, but I am going to prepare for that possibility. We should all have a plan to be self-sufficient in our homes in the case of a natural disaster, so I am going to aim for food, water and essential supplies for at least one month. Extreme? I hope so.

I'd like to know what suggestions or thoughts you have on this subject.


Blogger Grandpa Eddie said...

It's just like Bush to wait until the last minute to step foward and do something about anything, unless it involves the use of military force, of course.

The Senate doesn't seem to be any better, either. The group of suits that can authorize 100's of billions of dollars to destroy an entire country and kill and maim 10's of thousands can only come up with $4 billion for vaccines for the entire country. That's some fuckin' homeland security.

Of course, there'll be enough vaccines for the elitists and their families so they can surive while they sit around and watch us common folk get sick and die from the avian flu or shot by our own military. Oops, my mistake, the Republican Elite's military.

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