perfect_storm
18 Oct 2004
What's_the_'Point'?

United_States: Major_flu_shot_shortages
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An "amazing" newslink "The combination of the vaccine shortage, more than 80 million Americans at high risk of flu complications, and a nationwide emergency department crowding crisis, means America's emergency physicians and nurses are faced with
the prospect of the 'perfect storm' -- a surge of critically ill flu patients and no resources to care for them."
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if Canada No Quick Fix to U.S. Flu Vaccine Shortage

Mon Oct 18, 4:45 PM ET

"Our first priority is the availability of flu vaccines for Canadians ...
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. ...we can share it in a way that doesn't jeopardize the safety and supply for Canadians, we would do so," 041018
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19 Oct 2004 Flu Shots in Short Supply at Army Bases AP -
1 hour, 4 minutes ago
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Yahoo! Search FDA Searches Worldwide for More Flu Shots
AP - 56 minutes ago
Federal health officials said Tuesday that
2.6 million additional doses of flu vaccine will be available in January, far fewer than the
48 million lost to contamination at a British manufacturing plant.
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a "point" * God_of_War *

* a_point_in_Time - Dec. 13, 2003 *

World Due For Flu "Big One?"
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. There have been three in the past 100 years, igniting in 1918, 1957 and 1968. There's no way to predict when the next one will appear, but the pattern does give experts pause... 041021
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a "M" Test Is America ready for a flu pandemic? 041023
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Given Why_Not?

Bush_America_has_best_health_care_in_the_world...
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kx21 What's_reality?

Abosolutely_not!!!

Given

Texas_border_city_has_no_more_flu_shots...
And which's_next?
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. To be "exact":-

Absolutely_not!!!
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22 Oct 2004 "We Are Clearly Not Prepared"
The flu vaccine shortage will leave millions of Americans vulnerable to influenza this season.
Historian John M. Barry hopes it will serve as a wake-up call for government officials

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6309791/site/newsweek/
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a "point" Its been 86 years since the most virulent strain of influenza known in history swept across the globe, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. But John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History (Viking), argues that

the United_States still has not learned that pandemics deadly lessons and remains unprepared for the possibility of another ("Flu pandemic").
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23 Oct 2004 More_than_170000_New_Yorkers_are_at_'high_risk'___...
of contracting this years flu...
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. as vaccine_shortage_leaves_NY_without_flu_shots... 041024
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24 Oct 2004 Scarce flu vaccine not designed for new strain
New Zealand variety worries officials

20 hours ago
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mp21k http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/10/24/FLU.TMP

As Americans scramble for scarce doses of flu vaccine in hopes of warding off the respiratory bug this winter, the wily influenza virus may have other plans.

Through a natural process known as antigenic drift, a new strain of influenza that can diminish the effectiveness of today's vaccine is already emerging on the far side of the world.
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a "point". * 1226, 2004: Asian_Tsunami * 041228
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U.S. what's_next?

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* 1228 2004 to 106 (Jan. 6) 2005 * 041228
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1228 Hundreds of Americans Missing in Asia

46 minutes ago
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U.K. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041229/ap_on_re_as/quake_foreign_victims_glance_9

* Death_'Toll' *

Britain: 17
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U.S. United_States: 12 041228
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