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Every October, I find the closest flu shot clinic via Maxim Health Systems and schedule the 15-minute, $25 vaccine. This year, while waiting for the nurse to jab me (I don’t think I’ll ever stop hating needles), I asked her, rather naively, "Now, this won’t prevent avian flu, will it?"

"No," she said emphatically. "In fact, we currently have nothing for avian flu, which is why the threat is so devastating." I told her that I should probably know more, but I’ve been avoiding the news about it because it seems so hopeless.

"Don’t think about it," she advised. "There’s nothing you can do about it anyway, so just don’t think about it."

Don’t think about a white bear.

While you’re not thinking about it, here is some info:
U.S. government Pandemic Flu site
Dr. Dean Edell, who said in a news interview that the U.S. government’s response to the avian flu threat is "a too little, too late."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Avian Flu blog

Posted November 1, 2005 by Mariva in health, news, resources

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