Jul 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The top US advisory panel on immunizations recommended today that groups totaling up to 159 million people be targeted for vaccination against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus but that a narrower population of about 41 million have priority if initial supplies are short.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) picked five target groups for initial immunization because of their increased risk of H1N1 infection or complications or their contact with vulnerable people:
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts of babies under 6 months of age
- Healthcare and emergency medical services (EMS) workers
- Children and young people aged 6 months through 24 years
- People between 25 and 64 years who have chronic medical conditions
But if the demand for vaccine outstrips supplies, said Dr.Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the five groups would be as follows:
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients or infectious substances
- Household contacts of babies younger than 6 months
- Children aged 6 months through 4 years
- Children and adolescents from 5 through 18 years who have risk factors for flu complications
Healthy people between the ages of 25 and 64 can be immunized after the demand from the target groups has been met, said the committee, which advises the CDC. Because people 65 and older seem to have a lower risk of H1N1 infection than younger people, they can be vaccinated as supplies permit and other groups are served, the panel advised.
[Think about this. It does not look good for the adult population and even worse for ages 65 plus, who essentially won’t be considered until the entire population has been vaccinated. Even under the first scenaro, 65 plus are not allowed the vaccine. It does not bode well for babies under 6 months old either. It appears they have used the Complete Lives System advocated by Presidential Advisor and brother of Rahm, Dr. Ezekiel Emanual.]
Now let’s see, Peter Singer equation as follows:
“If a teenager can be expected to live another 70 years, saving her life counts as a gain of 70 life-years, whereas if a person of 85 can be expected to live another 5 years, then saving the 85-year-old will count as a gain of only 5 life-years. That suggests that saving one teenager is equivalent to saving 14 85-year-olds.”
Excerpt from Why We Must Ration Health Care by Peter Singer published NYT.com on July 15, 2009.
See previous post What Price is Life? Peter Singer and Obamacare.