Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Really Saying?

Could it be that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chairman of the department of bioethics at The Clinical Center, which is part of the NIH is really saying that by vaccinating the 13 to 40 year olds first we are using the vaccine more effectively?
It is already widely known that the Bird Flu creates a cytokine storm in younger people because of their increased resistance - read (they have more antibodies) - that try to fight off the disease.
So in essence, is he trying to save more people in general by giving the most susceptible the vaccine first?
Are those over 40 with weaker immune systems better off when getting the disease than those that are younger?
Is this a case where a stronger immune system can actually hurt you?
There are many unanswered questions here that only time can test. Look at the ages of those that died from the disease - they certainly weren't oldsters in the majority of cases.
Why wait for the government to give you a vaccine-be prepared NOW and buy Tamiflu - even if it is not effective the old adage goes - "Something is better than Nothing".

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