President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus. At this time only children with chronic medical conditions are receiving the vaccination because their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the strain. The CDC also says a regular seasonal flu shot does not protect against the virus.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
Only compromised children get the vaccine.
Billions of dollars are at stake
Why, then, did the FDA apparently violate the law and push these vaccines into full public distribution without securing the safety testing required by law? Turner suspects a profit motive may be involved: "They're charging $24.95 to get a vaccine. Multiplied by 100 million people, that's a lot of money. If you do the whole society, you're talking about several billion dollars."
At this time only children with chronic medical conditions are receiving the vaccination because their immune system is not strong enough to fight off the strain
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama urged Americans to get vaccinated against the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus when the new vaccine becomes available in October. The president also said he and his wife "will stand in line like everybody else" so high risk groups—young people, health workers, pregnant women and those with underlying health problems—would have immediate access.
This is an admirable gesture, but as a public health measure it does more harm than good. It fails to convey the urgency required for a successful mass vaccination. Now is the time for Mr. Obama to send a clear message about why his administration has spent billions to ensure that as many Americans as possible are protected against this virus. There's little reason to worry that strong words will incite a public panic. On the contrary, a bigger concern is that many Americans are skeptical that the risks of H1N1 are serious, and that getting vaccinated is worth the effort. .....
.......Nonetheless, it appears that many people are not planning to get the Swine Flu shot. A recent survey from the University of Pittsburgh shows that about three-quarters of Americans believe that neither they nor their family members or friends will contract H1N1, and a poll from the University of Michigan reveals that only 40% of parents plan to inoculate their children.
Originally posted by Shadowflux
How can they suggest that children, 6 months to 18 years, get vaccinated when the trials for children aren't even finished????
Originally posted by total_slacker
If you choose not to get your kids vaccinated that is fine, but it just seems irrational to me to risk contracting a disease that is known for sure to be a killer of healthy young people just because you have some unfounded fear that the government and "big pharma" are out to get you.