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RE: DOD official approves expanded use of flu vaccine



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>-- Messaggio Originale --
>Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 23:18:37 +0100
>To: disarmo at peacelink.it
>From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
>Subject: DOD official approves expanded use of flu vaccine 
>Reply-To: disarmo at peacelink.it
>
>
>Qualcun* sa spiegarmi perchè e a cosa serve questo vaccino?
>
>by Gerry J. Gilmore
>American Forces Press Service
>
>1/18/2005 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- As part of national efforts to protect

>more people against the flu, the Defense Department's top health official
>
>authorized the use of military flu vaccine previously held in reserve Jan.
>14.
>
>Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr. signed a memorandum directing the expanded
use
>
>of stored flu shot serum for servicemembers and other eligible recipients
>
>such as family members and military retirees. This policy change allows
the
>
>services to use flu shots for nonhigh risk persons, including active-duty,
>
>while continuing their aggressive efforts to get high-risk beneficiaries
>
>vaccinated.
>
>The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
>
>About 36,000 Americans die from the flu each year.
>
>DOD now has about 500,000 doses of the vaccine in storage, officials said.
>
>A major vaccine provider to the United States had announced in October that
>
>its vaccine was defective. DOD officials then directed that servicemembers
>
>being deployed overseas and other eligible recipients at potential high

>risk to the flu, including seniors and the very young, receive priority
to
>
>get flu vaccinations.
>
>Vaccination against the flu remains mandatory "for servicemembers whose

>command has vaccine available to them," officials said.
>
>Yet, a relatively benign flu season thus far and sparse turnouts for 
>vaccination by those at high risk to the flu seem to have mitigated an 
>expected vaccine shortage.
>
>Many in high-risk groups seem to have chosen not to obtain a flu vaccine
>
>this year. "They saw news accounts of long lines and felt it wasn't worth
>
>the hassle," a DOD official said. Consequently, DOD "still has a lot of
flu
>
>vaccine."
>
>DOD will dispense this year's stored flu vaccine rather than letting it
go
>
>to waste. Flu vaccines are developed to target specific virus strains 
>expected only for that particular season. This year's flu season is 
>expected to peak sometime in February, officials said.
>
>Vaccination against the flu "is the best way to protect yourself and your
>
>family from influenza," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, Centers for Disease 
>Control and Prevention director.
>
>Dr. Gerberding said that "late-season vaccination is effective" against
the
>
>flu. She urged unvaccinated people at risk to try once again to obtain a
>shot.
>
>
>
>
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