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August is National Immunization Awareness Month
[Year 2001]
Dear Members and Friends -
If you live in the Idaho panhandle or in eastern Washington, please
post and share the flyer that came in your newsletter publicizing our
first Vaccination Workshop, Sat. Aug. 18th at St. Pius church in Cd'A.
The propaganda piece below could be the ticket to outrage a few of you
out there. The last paragraph is a real clincher. Such blatant lies are so
common in their promotion of vaccines that the average person does not
seem to know the difference between truth and fiction. --Sure would
like to know just "which" companies have abandoned the vaccine business!
And then to make it as though the drug companies are spending more on
development at the cost of turning a profit, causing manufacturers to
the vaccine business. Is anyone actually convinced that the marketplace of
nearly every man, woman and child does not justify development costs?
And with ZERO liablility (thanks to the Vaccine Injury Compensation
Really quite amazing how easily duped the masses are.....


CORRECTION: US Officials Inaugurate National Immunization Awareness Month

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) Aug 02 - Proclaiming August as the first
National Immunization Awareness Month, federal health officials on Wednesday
urged parents and physicians to make sure children are up-to-date on
vaccines before entering school this fall.

Dr. Walter Orenstein, director of the National Immunization Program at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noted that according to the
CDC's annual National Immunization Survey, there was a slight decrease from
1999 to 2000 in coverage for the popular series of immunizations that covers
diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Haemophilus influenza B.

But 67.8% of children surveyed had shots against chicken pox in 2000, a
significant increase from the 57.5% in 1999, Dr. Orenstein said.

Dr. James C. Turner, chairman of the American College Health Association's
Vaccine-Preventable Disease Task Force, noted that meningitis seems to be on
the increase in adolescents and young adults. Lynn Bozof, a mother from
Marietta, Georgia, told of how her son Evan, a 20-year-old honor student,
died after a 26-day hospitalization for bacterial meningitis.

"It was only after Evan died that my family learned there was a vaccine that
could have saved his life," she said. Bozof and Dr. Turner urged that the
meningococcal vaccine be considered for college-age adolescents, even though
it is not usually required by schools.

Dr. Martin Myers, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the
Department of Health and Human Services, said that two thirds of adults over
age 65 are receiving the flu vaccine, which is covered by Medicare, but that
there are still huge racial disparities.

There will be a shortage of flu vaccine again this year, although not as
severe as in the 2000 to 2001 flu season, said Dr. Myers. He said that the
government has been working with manufacturers, distributors, health
providers, and private retail outlets and others who offer mass
immunizations to ensure that enough vaccine will be made available to those
who will need it most early in the upcoming season.

The flu vaccine shortage - and a similar shortage of tetanus and diphtheria
ingredients - is largely due to the fact that several manufacturers have
left the vaccine business, Dr. Myers said. He explained that vaccines, which
have huge public health benefits, "aren't attractive" to drug companies
because of large development costs and slim profits.
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