Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by SHAWNSTER, Oct 22, 2004.


    SHAWNSTER 1/2 ton status

    Sep 24, 2002
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    not to be biased towards one candidate or the other-but

    How the vaccine works:
    > Influenza vaccine is produced by growing the virus in eggs. The virus is
    > killed and processed to create the vaccine, which is given by injection
    > under the skin. The body then produces antibodies to the virus over the
    > next two to four weeks. If the immunized person then comes into contact
    > with the influenza virus, the antibodies attack and kill the virus
    > before it has a chance to cause infection. The vaccine contains the 3
    > most likely strains to be active during the "flu season"
    > Why the shortage:
    > Almost half of the nation's flu vaccine will not be delivered this year.
    > Chiron, a major manufacturer of flu vaccine, will not be distributing
    > any influenza vaccine this flu season. Chiron was to make 46-48 million
    > doses vaccine for the United States. Chiron is a British company.
    > Recently British health officials stopped Chiron from distributing and
    > making the vaccine when inspectors found unsanitary conditions in the
    > labs. Some lots of the vaccine were recalled and destroyed.
    > Why is our vaccine made in the UK and not the US?
    > The major pharmaceutical companies in the US provided almost 90% of the
    > nations flu vaccine at one time. They did this despite a very low profit
    > margin for the product. Basically, they were doing us a favor. In the
    > late 80's a man from North Carolina who had received the vaccine got the
    > flu. The strain he caught was one of the strains in that years vaccine
    > made by a US company. What did he do? He sued and he won. He was awarded
    > almost $5 million! After that case was appealed and lost, most US
    > pharmaceutical companies stopped making the vaccine. The liability out
    > weighed the profit margin. Since UK and Canadian laws prohibit such
    > frivolous law suits UK and Canadian companies began selling the vaccine
    > in the US.
    > By the way...the lawyer that represented the man in the flu shot lawsuit
    > was a young ambulance chaser by the name of John Edwards.
  2. fjleiter

    fjleiter 1/2 ton status

    Feb 13, 2004
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    Palmyra, NY
  3. Thunder

    Thunder 3/4 ton status

    Jul 20, 2000
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    Northeast Nevada
    Altho i agree that the part about edwards representing flu vaccine law suits is bogus. The rest of the story is true.
    American companies wont make flu vaccine because of the law suits causing a loss they cant afford.
    So we have to get it from forign sources. Who cant be sued in America.
    This aint the first time we got a bad batch of flu vaccine from europe or canada.
    Thats why the Bush admin does not want cheaper drugs imported from forign sources. They dont have the quality control we do and their drugs are lower quality.
    Its is also a very good reason to stop these out of control medical law suits. It would drastically lower the cost of perscription drugs. They could be bought cheaper in America if it wasn't for greedy ambulance chasers like edwards.

    Bush wants to stop these frivilious medical law suits and limit rewards.
    He does not want to outsource our perscription drug industry to countries with lower health standards.

    Kerry/edwards are both former trial lawers. And support unlimited law suits.
    Both advocate outsoursing our perscription drugs to other countries. Costing vital American jobs and sending millions of American dollars to other countries.

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