WASHINGTON (CNN) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that it would likely be Thanksgiving before the most vulnerable, high priority populations are completely vaccinated against the H1N1 or swine flu virus. In the meantime, Sebelius said parents and schools need to make back-up plans to deal with possible illness.
“We’re playing out a whole variety of scenarios,” Sebelius said on CNN’s State of the Union. “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.”
Sebelius told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that the administration was “optimistic” it would have a vaccine available by around mid-October.
“But the regimen will take about five weeks,” Sebelius said, “A first shot, three weeks delay, second shot, and then about two weeks for full immunity. So we’re really need to work between now and Thanksgiving with lots of social mitigation – keeping kids home from school if they’re sick. I would urge every family have a back-up child care plan.”
“If a parent gets sick, was is the plan?,” Sebelius also said Sunday, “because we know the disease spreads quickly and we will not have fully immunized even priority populations until about Thanksgiving.”
“We’re looking at schools as great partners for possible vaccine programs beginning in the fall to get kids immunized as quickly as possible because this is a children’s flu,” the Obama aide also said.
Thats the thing with new vaccines, its risk vs. reward.. if swine flu is that bad and is killing healthy people, you should get it despite the risks... if not, then I'd pass.. Believe it or not the evil pharmaceutical companies are not putting it out for the sole purpose of making money and ruining your health. Hard to believe for some of you, I know.
CNN Editor, who ever you are. How low we have gone. I didn't notice it. Our writen language has become so cors, cours, corse, of course.
The billboard is particularly mean. CNN needs to moderate it to keep foul-mouthed content off it.
We immunize newborns for sexual transmitted diseases..polio and every thing else under the sun why not the flu? does all this crap put into the body harm kids?? oh yeah AUTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........i can see the board room in all of these drug companies licking there chops. WAKE UP!!!!!
Sounds like none of you have been hit by this virus. My whole family was hit because someone sent their child to daycamp. Trust me it is a really BAD flu!!! I can't remember the last time we were so sick, out of work for three weeks! Trust me it is not fun having to take care of three sick children when you are also sick. It is not "just like" the "normal" flu! We did not even realize it was H1N1 until it was too late to get any treatment, bacause the daycamp did not let anyone know until several weeks later. So, before all of you "professionals' hand-out advise about the vaccination, I think you need to walk a mile in the shoes of people who have experienced this nasty bug.
They didn't post my comment. I guess it was too threatening. I put a web address where you could get informed about the fact that this flu has been determined by virologists to be man made. Look into it yourslef. Don't fall for the scare and bait tactics of the government agencies that are bedfellows of big pharma. Get educated. Don't inject this poison into your healthy children before educating yourself on the alternatives and facts.
Greg please say your a Republican . . . Swine flu, health care reform, don't worry if the flu doesn't get you the death panels will, eventually.
Stop living in fear!
Ever think this flu could have been manufactored in a lab like AIDS and released on the public to make a profit.Just remember some people will do anything to make more money.
I am glad that mature and intelligent government officials are taking the responsible precautions. Thank you Sebelius and Obama, keep up the good work.
After reading many of your comments, my thought was how great it is that we live in a country where each of you can have and make your own decisions about this or any other topic.
Why won't CNN cover the Baxter Intl. incident earlier this year? You know, the one where Baxter sent bird flu vaccine that was infected with live bird flu, to labs in Austia and the Czech Republic? All the test animals died and the story was front page in their respective countries newspapers! Since Baxter is making the swine flu vaccine, there is cause for concern. The cover up makes me think that CNN is still working for Operation Mockingbird!
osteoprosis drugs kills swine flu
Too many errors in this article (CNN's problem). . . and too little info. I am getting tired of Obama's strategy – PR, PR, PR.
why does swine flu all of a sudden mysteriously appears it hasn't been seen since 1970's like kennedy said the day we elect our first president pigs will fly= barack obama and swine flu
Timothy Gloster, if you are going to zing somebody on a post, you should check your spelling before submitting. Not only is the comment itself childish, it looks as if a child actually posted it. Now let's try spelling propper, I mean, PROPER, again Timmy.
STOP. People do not go to work every day to either shorten or make more miserable your life. Trough be trold we probably could, but we don't. So stop with all this conspiracy nonsence already. Done, over and enough. What happens to you in this small world also happens to us. Get a grip, get a life, please get or purchase a clue.
Many thanks for your kind words. "Zinging" someone I was. You I "Wasn't" your input frankly "I miss". Entirely.
to whoever said something about walking in the shoes of those who got sick with the swine flu, i just came back from florida with my two children last week end. Midway this week we all fell sick, 100+ fevers, coughs and runny noses, didn't go to the hospital to get my shots, because guess what, it was just a pneumonial virus. But listening to the warning signs of everyone else i should have taken the shot. I'm glad i didn't listen and took care of my family the right way. My wife too works for a hospital, and nurses there don't recommend the shot knowing it wasn't fully tested. And don't talk about a 6months test, what about 10years from now, what will be the affect?
So if we have a major healthcare crisis like the financial crisis wouldn't
that make it easier for the American people to roll over and let the govt.
take over healthcare like they have the key banks, insurance companies and the last vestige of the non-military industrial complex the car manufacturers. All in the name of a "crisis". Welcome to the
beginnings of the New World Order.
I think if school kids get sick from this flu and have to stay home from school, have a plan that allows the Mom or the Dad to be away from work to look after them. Allow the parent to be away from work without the need to take time off and still get paid. If the parents get sick themselves, they should be allowed to be out of the office on sick time, fully paid. After all, this flu is spreading and will get worse this winter. So if people get sick and need to be out from work, etc to prevent further spread in the workplace, why not have a plan in place with the employer. No hassles in allowing days off for this flu-sickness.
Yes we need to wake up and really look behind the scenes.
You all need to know the ugly truth and the real reasons for this massive vaccination campaign!
There is another deadly flu rampant here in Washington. It's the 'malpolitics flu' and every hand in the White House seems to be infected with it! Help!!!!!
The only reasonable childcare plan is to stay home with sick children for at least 2 weeks to allow for care and to contain spread of the virus. That means parents need, not should try, but need to be able to have paid time off for sick children as well as to reduce spread in the workplace during their exposure to the virus through caring for the little ones. At some point we will figure out the time away from productivity is well worth the health savings if severe flus run rampant because working adults fear job and income loss if they take time to do what is right for health and safety.
There is an old rumor in the backwoods of the South that William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and James Agee all died of an earlier version of the idiot flu.
Ahh.. that swine flu joke, I've never heard that before, how original! What fun you must be at parties!
JC that made no sense whatsoever, and displayed not even a rudimentary understanding of how vaccines work.. you don't get the shot AFTER your kids are sick, and it is not even out yet. Whatever affected your logic to post that, I hope THAT is not contagious.