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H1N1 Vaccine -Where is it? November 25, 2009

Posted by Admin in Healthonymous, huh?.
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I don’t know where or when I can get my swine flu vaccine. I personally know of only two people in my circle that were able to get vaccinated a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t received any notices from any of the health care providers that I use. There are no notices in my home town newspaper such as “Swine Flu Vaccine Availability Today”.

Last week I met someone from the East Coast of the US –with no health insurance who said they would not be getting the vaccine. I mean, they can’t afford to be sick, right?

I can think of at least three reasons to get this vaccine:

  1. Selfish: You can’t afford the time or money to chance being sick
  2. Altruistic: You don’t want others to get sick because you are ill
  3. Health: You believe that vaccines work and this seems like good preventative care. (a no-brainer, right?)

A previous post alluded to the problems with both vaccine production and the fuzzy numbers around how many doses are being produced. I also worry that in the “best health care system in the world” people are drifting away from understanding the science underlying vaccines. And that others say ” I understand how you feel.”

What are the long term public health implications?

To learn more about the first vaccine ever-visit this site about smallpox. It was in the 18th century.

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Best Health Care System in the World? November 7, 2009

Posted by Admin in Cancer, Diary, Health Insurance, Health Quote of the Week, Healthonymous.
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Let’s look at some World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, shall we? The US is ranked 37th in infant mortality and 34th in maternal mortality. Maybe those two groups don’t matter to the folks bragging about our system? One group doesn’t vote and maybe the other one is irrelevant to some. Remember Senator Kyl, who stated that maternity coverage was “unnecessary” as part of health insurance?  (see my post here on that)

We don’t even begin to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) on these two indicators above. (more…)

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