The TexasFred Blog
News Opinion Commentary
This is The Header

Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination

October 7th, 2009 . by TexasFred
Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination

WASHINGTON (AP) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appealed anew Wednesday for widespread inoculation against a surging swine flu threat, calling the vaccine “safe and secure.”

Sebelius unconditionally vouched for the safety of the vaccine, saying it “has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out.”

Appearing on morning news shows to step up the Obama administration’s campaign for vaccinations, Sebelius said that “the adverse effects are minimal. … We know it’s safe and secure. … This is definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get.”

Sebelius was asked on CNN about surveys showing many parents were wary of getting their children vaccinated for fear the vaccine has been too hastily prepared and wasn’t safe. She replied that it was targeted specifically at the H1N1 virus and was “right on target with an immune response.”

Full Story Here:
Sebelius: Americans must get swine flu vaccination

I went and got my annual, seasonal flu shot last week. Several of us were sitting there in the waiting room, waiting to get the vaccination, and the topic of conversation turned to H1N1, The Swine Flu.

Texans, and most folks from the South in general, just strike up spontaneous conversations when we are in a group. We’re a friendly and inquisitive bunch. We discuss a lot of politics here in Texas. It’s a fairly safe topic given that the libs are to afraid to open their mouth if there’s more than 2 Conservatives around, and, most of us that ARE Conservatives have the language skills to actually conduct a conversation without resorting to name calling. Anyway…

We were discussing the Swine Flu vaccine, it’s safety, it’s dangers, the idea that the government may try to force people to take this vaccine, even if they don’t want to, so forth and so on…

I am not going to divulge where I got my annual flu shot, but, the health care professional that was giving the shots fell in on our conversation and stated, with NO reservation, “I won’t take the thing! I don’t believe they have done all the necessary work on it. I don’t believe it’s safe, and I remember the debacle back in the ’70s when this was tried.”

I too remember that debacle. People DIED. And it wasn’t from the flu, it was from the inoculation.

I take the annual vaccine. It has proven to be fairly effective and all things considered, safe too. I took the pneumonia vaccine as well. Those are to protect me and are taken because I want to take them.

The surest way for me to go into FULL rebellion mode is to tell me I must get swine flu vaccination! They have just hit the immovable object!

And I am sure most of you remember the Avian Flu? Bird Flu? Well, there are treatments being tried for that and swine flu as well. They are more of a homeopathic type medicine though.

For Bird Flu, you get a TWEETMENT.

For Swine Flu, you get an OINKMENT. :P


Bookmark and Share
Return: Top of Home Page

US declares public health emergency for swine flu

April 26th, 2009 . by TexasFred

US declares public health emergency for swine flu

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.

Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far, with the latest in Ohio and New York. Unlike in Mexico where the same strain appears to be killing dozens of people, cases in the United State have been mild – and U.S. health authorities can’t yet explain why.

“As we continue to look for cases, we are going to see a broader spectrum of disease,” predicted Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re going to see more severe disease in this country.”

At a White House news conference, Besser and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought to assure Americans that health officials are taking all appropriate steps to minimize the impact of the outbreak.

Full Story Here:
US declares public health emergency for swine flu

We’re gonna DIE! We’re gonna DIE!! We’re ALL gonna DIE!!!

The fact of the matter is, yes, we really are ALL going to die, sooner or later. Perhaps this swine flu pandemic isn’t going to hit the USA as hard as it does Mexico. Maybe we are in better overall health, better fed, a higher level of nutrition and so forth.

GENEVA (AP) – Canada became the third country to confirm human cases of swine flu Sunday as global health officials considered whether to raise the global pandemic alert level.

Nations from New Zealand to France also reported suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America while others planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers.

Full Story Here:
Swine flu fears prompt quarantine plans, pork bans

If this actually started IN Mexico, how did it get boosted world wide that fast? Are there that many people traveling to Mexico? It seems that some Canadian public health officials think so.

I have seen a number of sites offering up conspiracy theories of sorts. I may be wrong but I don’t see a conspiracy. What I see is a 3rd world, fly and flea infested pimple on the ass of North America and a less than stellar government that does nothing to assure that their people receive top shelf medical care. Look at the standard of living of the average Mexican citizen, it is atrocious! Many live in squalor. It’s amazing that something like this hasn’t happened in the past.

What I DO believe this calls for is, BORDER SECURITY. Americans do NOT need to be going to Mexico, not at this particular time, and a travel ban would not be a bad idea at all.

Additionally, I can’t think of a better time, or reason, to fully secure OUR border as we stop ALL ILLEGAL border crossings into the USA as well as enforcing a ban of all LEGAL Mexicans traveling to this nation until the swine flu dangers pass.

Some of us have been pleading for better border security for a very long time, and now we have an even more urgent reason to demand that the U.S. government become involved in the manner they are intended to be involved, to provide for the common defense!


Bookmark and Share
Return: Top of Home Page