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.