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Posted: 10/26/2004 4:11:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 5:03:54 PM EDT by Ramjet]
I hope this isn't a dupe.

Flu Shot Info

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 law-
suit was a young ambulance chaser by the name of John Edwards.

Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:13:03 PM EDT
Oh man, that's rich.

Can it be verified?
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:17:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By _Ugly_:
Oh man, that's rich.

Can it be verified?

I'm looking.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:18:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By _Ugly_:
Oh man, that's rich.

Can it be verified?

No kidding, if it can be proved, you just may start a special October surprise of you own!
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:24:38 PM EDT
First this is a dupe

Second it's already been proven false.

Gonna go find the link now
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:24:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:27:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ramjet:
Nuts. www.snopes.com/politics/business/flushot.asp

That's what I was looking for
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:29:27 PM EDT
I should know better then post a email from my broker.

Now, how do I delete this thing.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 4:32:15 PM EDT
Bah! You don't have to delete it. Just do what the left does. Keep parroting it as if it were the truth regardless of the facts.

Memogate, AWOL, Ammo Dump.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:01:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 5:02:34 PM EDT by Ramjet]
But...but....that's just not right.

Then there's that deep dark fear in the pit of my stomach that I'd get booted from ARFcom to serve the rest of my days on the DU board.

Oh The Humanity!!!

It was my fault, I posted it before my second sense kicked in to tell me this was too good to be true. I did find a web site that toasted Edwards and what he did to the medical community in NC. Man, this guy is scum ten times over.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:10:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 5:11:17 PM EDT by DScott]

Double wrong.

Chiron is an American pharmaceutical company.

They just make the stuff in the UK.
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