“Gov. John Baldacci on Tuesday declared a statewide civil emergency because of the H1N1 influenza virus, paving the way for mass immunization of Maine schoolchildren and other residents.” (source)
The stated reason for the emergency designation, according to the article, is that it shields the state school system and health care providers from liability claims that could arise from vaccine clinics based out of the public schools this fall to deal with both the seasonal flu and the H1N1 Swine flu.
This should tell you two things: 1.) Despite all the pooh-poohing in the media and among the rank and file on the street, government and health care officials continue to act as though they expect the resurgence of H1N1 Swine flu this fall to be a BIG, BIG DEAL. Go back and read the stuff that’s been being said by folks at the CDC and the WHO for months now; they have never wavered in their warnings that this fall and winter could be VERY, VERY BAD. And 2.) Take a hard look at this vaccine they’re about to roll-out before you just blindly take the shot. I am withholding from recommending you to take it or not to take it, because I am not a health care professional. You have to decide what is best for you. I only advise you to do your due diligence before you decide.
Personally, I haven’t made my decision as of yet, but I am deeply troubled by the way this vaccine has been rushed into production. It holds too many similarities to the 1976 Swine flu fiasco that “triggered an enduring public backlash against flu vaccination, embarrassed the federal government and cost the director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, now known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, his job.” In the end, that vaccine resulted in better than 500 people developing a rare neurological condition that causes paralysis, and 25 of them died. The federal government has since paid millions of dollars in damages. And, it was all for nothing. The expected pandemic just faded away quietly.