Friday, October 23, 2009

New York suspends mandatory flu shots for health workers

They have rights? Excuse me? What rights might those be? Yes, sovereign, free human beings have the right to refuse to be experimented on. They have a right to not be forcibly medicated. They have a right to keep themselves healthy without the crutch of medical quackery. They have a right to say modern medicine is not infallible. They have a right to think, and to choose.

Of course, it's not because they have said rights. No no no. It's because there's not enough vaccine to go around. And though the establishment has claimed ad nauseum that health care workers needed to be vaccinated most of all because they came into contact with too many people, now it has become a priority to vaccinated everyone else, and leave the healthcare workers "unprotected".

And then they wonder why nobody takes them seriously.

Obviously, the establishment in New York is making an excuse for its previous and impending defeat in the courts. They want them to know, it has nothing to do with them asserting themselves as free individuals. No, they're still slaves; they're just off the hook because there's not enough to go around.

    CNN -

    New York public health workers will no longer be required to be vaccinated against both the seasonal and H1N1 flu virus, state officials announced Thursday, prompted by a vaccine shortage.

    A statement from Gov. David Paterson announced the policy change on behalf of State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines.

    Daines had originally said that public health workers must be vaccinated for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, by November 30 or risk discipline.

    The Public Employees Federation, New York's second-largest state employees union, sued over the requirement and was awaiting a state Supreme Court hearing scheduled for October 30.

    The vaccine shortage has defused the conflict.

    The federal government had told states that, by the end of October, an estimated 120 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine would be readily available, according to Paterson and Daines. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have only about 27.7 million doses of the vaccine at month's end.

    "The CDC acknowledged that New York would only receive approximately 23 percent of its anticipated vaccine supply," Paterson said. "As a result, we need to be as resourceful as we can with the limited supplies of vaccine currently coming into the state."

    Those particularly at risk, and who are at the forefront of receiving both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 vaccines, are pregnant women and people 6 months to 24 years old, the news release said.

    The CDC has revised its H1N1 vaccine goal. It had planned to have 200 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine by the end of November, but it now aims for 65.9 million doses nationwide.

    The CDC also recently reported that increased demand has led to a shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine, according to Paterson's statement.