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Posted by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:32 AM
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Just curious what ya'll think of this article on my aOL Aim home page.....

Fury Erupts Over H1N1 Shots for Prisoners

Posted:
10/28/09

(Oct. 28) -- While children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems wait in hours-long lines for H1N1 vaccines, some of their counterparts behind bars have no such hassle.

Prisoners who fall into high-risk categories for swine flu will get the shots even while some members of the general public who are not high risk must wait until more of the precious doses are available.

And that has some people hopping mad.

"If you want to get people angry, tell them someone in prison for a very violent felony is going to get it before their grandmother in a nursing home," said Massachusetts state Sen. Mark Montigny, D-New Bedford, vice chairman of the Public Health Committee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines to states listing categories of people who are highest priority for receiving vaccinations against the virulent influenza strain known as swine flu. Christopher Cox, spokesman for the CDC, said the high priority guidance applies to higher-risk people whether they are in a prison, a homeless shelter, a school or a nursing home.

"What we're looking at is vulnerability to getting sick and dying of H1N1. That's what we're trying to prevent," he said.

That has raised eyebrows in states like Massachusetts and Texas, because criminals with health issues may end up getting the shot before the general public.

"Hopefully once the supplies start rolling in in greater numbers, they will be able to expand that to the general public," Cox said.



But Montigny is angry that the vaccine isn't already available to the general public as the peak of the flu season bears down. He said he's not opposed to vulnerable prisoners getting the shot, but if pharmaceutical companies had done a better job, states wouldn't have to choose between the high-risk criminals and the general public for the first doses.

The vaccine supply has been unable to meet demand because of production problems. Cox said 252 million doses will be available this flu season. But only 23.2 million are available so far.

In Texas, for instance, prison officials requested 157,000 doses to cover all inmates, including the 45,000 who are at the front of the line because they fall in that high-priority group of pregnant women, children and those with underlying health issues. They also asked for doses to cover 41,000 staff and medical workers.

Getting juveniles, pregnant inmates and those with compromised immune systems covered first is important because prisons house many people in close proximity, said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "So something like this can spread quickly," he said.

But Montigny said prisons aren't the only breeding ground. Day care centers, schools, colleges and nursing homes also feature populations in close proximity. And while prisoners can get the first round of shots, their jailers cannot. The CDC's priority list includes medical workers who work in prisons, but not the rest of the correctional facility staff.




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mamamissy23
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Well the way I look at it is...they shouldnt get the shots, but then if they dont and they get it and it spreads what about the people who work in the jail? They didnt do anything wrong...and my daughter just had h1n1 and it really isnt that bad. 90% of the people dying from it are sick already with life threatning diseases and have very weak immune systems, the other 10% are pregnant or healthy children

Willowjade
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Actually I just saw a statistic on the news last night that said 52% of the people who have died from it are children, preg. women and adults below the age of 65.

3proud
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

That is one thing that peaked my interest.. what about the correctional officers... the have a closer exposure to these inmates... than most of the staff at these facilities.... and usually more exposure time w/ the prisioners than medical ... unless the prisoner is housed in the in house medical area....

ready_for2
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:43 AM

who cares its all a scam...


aidia
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 9:45 AM

My only opinion is.... I don't care. 

mamamissy23
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

more people also die from seasonal flu in 1 month then the number of deaths from swine flu that have been happening for months now in all of the US...Id say seasonal flu is more of a worry to me. Since my daughter (16 months old) had h1n1 a week and a half ago and it lasted for 6 days while of course I do not want my baby sick. It wasnt what I thought it was going to be. I thought she would just want to sleep all the time and cry all the time. But she didnt...she had the runs for 5 days, vomiting for a day and a half, she wouldnt eat anything for 4 days her fever was around 101.5 for a day. I kept her hydrated as much as possible. Gatorade was her best friend. it sounds bad it really does. But now that I look back she was still playing (inside of course) seemed happy until it was time to change her diaper...that was the worst part of everything. But I was under the assumption she would be puking alllllll day long but she wasnt.

kyco363
by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

How about the correctional officers, the family members going to visit, pregnant women who are in prison, there are a lot of reasons why prisoners should be getting the H1N1 shot. Besides, could you imagine if an entire prison got it at the same time? We would spend countless American dollars returning a prison to its normal state.

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