H1N1: The Report Card
By Arthur Allen
“There are groups out there that insist that vaccines are responsible for a variety of problems despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines.”
(Quote is on page 2 of the article – half way down – L.)
It’s been nearly a year since experts recognized the emergence of a new and fast-spreading microbe. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, gives a progress report on the U.S. response to the H1N1 virus.
READER’S DIGEST: What have been our biggest successes and failures?
SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: We went from identifying the virus to producing the first vaccine in less than six months. That’s pretty unheard of! We’ve been enormously successful at distributing the vaccine—over 60 million people have been vaccinated so far. With childhood vaccinations, we have 40,000 sites for distribution. We went from that to over 100,000 sites to try to get the vaccine to where states identified it was most needed for priority populations. That has gone extremely well. The production glitches have been a bit frustrating.