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BIRD FLU VACCINE

 
 
Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:16 pm
you might recall that we had several threads going re. BIRD FLU sometime ago .

a/c to a report by the BBC a bid flu vaccine is available and we should all consider getting a shot now . we should get a "preliminary vaccination" now , so that our bodies can be better prepared (producing antibodies ?) when the bird flu strikes - at which time we would line up for a booster shot .
anybody hear anything from other reliable medical science sources , such as CDC or university research institute ?
hbg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7659113.stm

from the article :


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'Vaccinate now' to beat bird flu
A vaccine available right now could help save lives in a future bird flu pandemic, UK scientists claim.

A jab against one strain of avian flu, given years earlier, may "prime" the immune system to fight a wide range of bird flu strains.

When the pandemic arrives, "pre-vaccinated" people could then be given a booster shot, and be protected far quicker, said researchers.

The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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If a bird flu pandemic erupted tomorrow it isn't clear we would have six weeks to vaccinate people before it arrived in this country, even if the vaccine was stockpiled
Dr Iain Stephenson
Leicester University


The speed that pandemic flu - labelled the "gravest threat" to the UK by a recent government document - could sweep the world, is one of the great challenges facing scientists and governments.

Some suggestions say it might only be a matter of weeks before an emerging virus reached the UK.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:30 pm
@hamburger,
Here in California, our medical community is pretty good about warning us about immunizations against different kinds of flu and diseases. I'll be getting my flu vaccine later this month at Kaiser.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:30 pm
@hamburger,
and as usual, I'm having my annual cold/whatever it is before the shots are available

JTT
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:33 pm
@ehBeth,
Maybe you're a vastly superior being, ehBeth. Your body picks up the weakened strains and builds defences way ahead of the threat.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:35 pm
@JTT,
Can you imagine. Too bad the hamburgers stopped with one kid. Mebbe I was supposed to be a prototype for a superior crowd of beings Laughing Cool Shocked
hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:38 pm
@cicerone imposter,
c.i. writes :

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Here in California, our medical community is pretty good about warning us about immunizations against different kinds of flu and diseases. I'll be getting my flu vaccine later this month at Kaiser


are you just getting your "regular" flushot or you also getting the "preliminary" bird flu vaccine ?
hbg
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:41 pm
@hamburger,
"Regular" flu shot. We've not heard anything about the bird flu shot.
hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 08:57 pm
@cicerone imposter,
this is from the WHO site - dated 2008 :

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Experts at WHO and elsewhere believe that the world is now closer to another influenza pandemic than at any time since 1968, when the last of the previous century's three pandemics occurred. WHO uses a series of six phases of pandemic alert as a system for informing the world of the seriousness of the threat and of the need to launch progressively more intense preparedness activities.The designation of phases, including decisions on when to move from one phase to another, is made by the Director-General of WHO.

Each phase of alert coincides with a series of recommended activities to be undertaken by WHO, the international community, governments, and industry. Changes from one phase to another are triggered by several factors, which include the epidemiological behaviour of the disease and the characteristics of circulating viruses.

The world is presently in phase 3: a new influenza virus subtype is causing disease in humans, but is not yet spreading efficiently and sustainably among humans.


http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/pandemic/en/index.html

(you can find additional information re. birdflu at this site)

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this is from the CDC site re. embargo on importation of birds :

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/

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General Information
Based on concerns about highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus and its potential to cause illness in humans, CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have taken steps to prevent importation of birds and unprocessed bird products from countries with the virus in domestic poultry. The import restrictions do not apply to U.S.-origin pet birds which will be allowed to return upon entering a USDA quarantine facility for 30 days. The import restrictions also do not apply to processed bird products that have been rendered noninfectious. Countries affected by the CDC and USDA import


sounds kind of wishy-whashy to me .
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hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 09:05 pm
@ehBeth,
ehbeth wrote :

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Too bad the hamburgers stopped with one kid


getting a little late in the day for my sensible comments !
hbg

(emoticons REFUSED to co-operate !!!)
Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 09:10 pm
@hamburger,
off topic...

My best to Mrs. Hamburger.

(here's hoping she is cooking for ya soon...)

RH
hamburger
 
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Reply Wed 8 Oct, 2008 09:45 pm
@Rockhead,
still off topic - reply to rockhead :

thanks ! mrs h is doing fine - expects to be home by saturday .
SWISS CHALET is doing a pretty good imitation of mrs h's "roast chicken" - she agreed that we'll have a few "take-out's" during her recovery .
hbg
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