Sure There's Not Enough Flu Vaccine To Go Around?

Last month, I told you about Chiron's plans to produce only about 30 million flu vaccines for Americans in the coming months, leading to a shortfall for the next flu "season" and higher prices for this worthless, harmful product.

Due to new regulations and retooling at its Liverpool, England, plant (thanks to the complete spoilage of last year's vaccine production), however, Chiron's estimated output for the next flu vaccine season has dropped to 26 million. Expect Sanofi-Aventis to step up to fill the gap with as much as 60 million vaccines and GlaxoSmith Kline, pending FDA approval, with 10 million more.

By my calculations, that's close to 100 million. According to this splendid USA Today piece, no more than 83 million Americans got a flu shot in any year. This total amounts to only 28 percent of today's U.S. population.

If you want to learn more about why you ought to join this silent majority who doesn't want or need the flu vaccine, my Web site features plenty of resources to help you make an informed decision. But, be aware there's three steps you can take today to bolster your health, as well as that of your family, and lessen any concerns about needing a flu shot:

USA Today June 16, 2005

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