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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
10-24-2009, 12:21 PM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal guidelines at hospitals and speed up how infected people might receive treatment in a disaster.

The declaration that Obama signed late Friday means Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers, if needed.

Hospitals could modify patient rules — for example, requiring them to give less information during a hectic time — to quicken access to treatment, with government approval.

The declaration, which the White House announced Saturday, allows HHS in some cases to let hospitals relocate emergency rooms offsite to reduce flu-related burdens and to protect noninfected patients.

Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said this was not in response to any single development on an outbreak that has lasted months and has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.

It was the second of two steps needed to give Sebelius extraordinary powers during a crisis. On April 26, the administration declared swine flu a public health emergency, allowing the shipment of roughly 12 million doses of flu-fighting medications from a federal stockpile to states in case they eventually needed them. At the time, there were 20 confirmed cases in the U.S. of people recovering easily. There was no vaccine against swine flu, but the CDC had taken the initial step necessary for producing one.

"As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic," Obama wrote in the declaration.

He said the pandemic keeps evolving, the rates of illness are rising rapidly in many areas and there's a potential "to overburden health care resources."

Because of vaccine production delays, the government has backed off initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses would be available by mid-October. As of Wednesday, only 11 million doses had been shipped to health departments, doctor's offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

The government now hopes to have about 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine out by mid-November and 150 million in December.

The flu virus has to be grown in chicken eggs, and the yield hasn't been as high as was initially hoped, officials explained.

Swine flu is more widespread now than it's ever been. Health authorities say almost 100 children have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states now have widespread flu activity.

Worldwide, more than 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday. Since most countries have stopped counting individual swine flu cases, the figure is considered an underestimate.


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10-24-2009, 12:48 PM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Aaliyah Wrote:WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency and empowered his health secretary to suspend federal guidelines at hospitals and speed up how infected people might receive treatment in a disaster.

The declaration that Obama signed late Friday means Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers, if needed.

Hospitals could modify patient rules — for example, requiring them to give less information during a hectic time — to quicken access to treatment, with government approval.

The declaration, which the White House announced Saturday, allows HHS in some cases to let hospitals relocate emergency rooms offsite to reduce flu-related burdens and to protect noninfected patients.

Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said this was not in response to any single development on an outbreak that has lasted months and has killed more than 1,000 people in the United States.

It was the second of two steps needed to give Sebelius extraordinary powers during a crisis. On April 26, the administration declared swine flu a public health emergency, allowing the shipment of roughly 12 million doses of flu-fighting medications from a federal stockpile to states in case they eventually needed them. At the time, there were 20 confirmed cases in the U.S. of people recovering easily. There was no vaccine against swine flu, but the CDC had taken the initial step necessary for producing one.

"As a nation, we have prepared at all levels of government, and as individuals and communities, taking unprecedented steps to counter the emerging pandemic," Obama wrote in the declaration.

He said the pandemic keeps evolving, the rates of illness are rising rapidly in many areas and there's a potential "to overburden health care resources."

Because of vaccine production delays, the government has backed off initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses would be available by mid-October. As of Wednesday, only 11 million doses had been shipped to health departments, doctor's offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said.

The government now hopes to have about 50 million doses of swine flu vaccine out by mid-November and 150 million in December.

The flu virus has to be grown in chicken eggs, and the yield hasn't been as high as was initially hoped, officials explained.

Swine flu is more widespread now than it's ever been. Health authorities say almost 100 children have died from the flu, known as H1N1, and 46 states now have widespread flu activity.

Worldwide, more than 5,000 people have reportedly died from swine flu since it emerged this year and developed into a global epidemic, the World Health Organization said Friday. Since most countries have stopped counting individual swine flu cases, the figure is considered an underestimate.


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The article mentions that the process takes egg's - that's not precisely true - the process with either the egg or the no-egg manufacturing process takes along the lines of 6 months plus. This years regular Flu vaccine has some H1N1 protection but not as much as the special vaccine just coming out.

I used to work for one of the companies that produces Flu Vaccine. There used to be only one American company.

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10-24-2009, 04:25 PM
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I'll post something in Welcome Wagon.....
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10-25-2009, 09:07 AM (This post was last modified: 10-25-2009 09:08 AM by kobayashi.)
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Four years ago there was only one American manufacturer of Flu Vaccines.

Most but not all manufacturing was done with eggs.

What happens if there is an outbreak of Birdflu and alot of eggs have to be destroyed and are not therefore available for manufacturing Vaccines?


What was interesting going over the AP press release is that the announcement sets aside a large number of regulations.

For example look at Enron: among other things the whole purpose of Sarbannes-Oxley was to prevent another Enron.

But it didn't stop either the Bear-Stearns nor the Lehman Brothers crashes, and it also didn't stop the Bernie Maddoff "Mad Dog" situation.

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10-25-2009, 06:38 PM
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This has me concerned. Our local news said they just allowed an untested treatment become part of the pharmacopia to treat the swine flu. It could be a good thing ,the people who were given it were near death and survived.On the other hand look how dangerous a lot of approved meds are.
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10-25-2009, 08:10 PM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Wounded Bird Wrote:This has me concerned. Our local news said they just allowed an untested treatment become part of the pharmacopia to treat the swine flu. It could be a good thing ,the people who were given it were near death and survived.On the other hand look how dangerous a lot of approved meds are.


[all] Flu changes every year
I can't remember in detail but my recollection is that it's the CDC that selects which strains of flu go into the next years manufacturing process. That occurred somewhere between November and January for this years flu.

Sometime shortly after that CDC determined they needed a supplemental vaccine with more variations of last years strains.

I've gotten one flu shot that I thought was the general one. This years swine flu is very similar to the one that went through the country in 1957.

The news a couple of years ago of the “Bird Flu” was potentially a more dangerous strain for the reason that one of the solutions in other countries was to destroy polultry flocks (and their eggs) limiting one of the manufacturing resources.


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10-26-2009, 10:42 AM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Obama just announced that he will try to sit down at the negotiating table with the virus in delcate peace negotiations. He was quoted as saying "Hopefully we will be able to convince the virus to turn away from it's hate for human kind, join the international community, and stop killing innocent people."
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10-26-2009, 11:08 AM
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handy dandy "National Emergency" that will scare everyone into thinking that if they don't have gov. healthcare they will die.

what a joke...... everything this guy crams down deals with an emergency...and if there isn't one, he'll make it up...

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10-26-2009, 11:55 AM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
Squirrelmonkey Wrote:handy dandy "National Emergency" that will scare everyone into thinking that if they don't have gov. healthcare they will die.

what a joke...... everything this guy crams down deals with an emergency...and if there isn't one, he'll make it up...



Agreed

The point of the Magna Carta was that "Rulers can't ignore the Law"

Scwarzneggar set aside environmental regulations in order to get a new NFL stadium, all that while the rest of California is.....

Obama in this announcement sets aside all the regulations that normally challenge all Health Practitioners

Whenever Obama or an Obama representative says or does something, ask yourself

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10-26-2009, 01:48 PM
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Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
frediii Wrote:Whenever Obama or an Obama representative says or does something, ask yourself

And every politician, for that matter.
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