The hype of H1N1 flu has run its course. News reports say that 40 million doses of unused vaccine (valued at $260 million) have been destroyed and that the flu impacted much fewer people than the regular seasonal flu. And there are millions more doses of the vaccine are set to expire at the end of this month. What just happened?

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Shana's picture
Shana says:

I seem to recall hearing that the vaccine wasn't particularly effective for some reason...or perhaps that was an earlier batch (or a tall tale)? Call me a risk-taker, but I didn't get the vaccine.

posted on Fri, 07/02/2010 - 12:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The vaccine was labeled as "safe" though I'm not certain what level of effectiveness it had.

Oh well, it was a media storm, figure that for the hype.

$260M destroyed? Well, someone raked in the dough during all that airtime.

posted on Thu, 07/08/2010 - 4:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Maybe we should have put that money to better use. Cleaning up the oil spill will be a better start!!!!

posted on Fri, 07/09/2010 - 10:53am
Joel Bonasera's picture

I'd be interested to see what explanations epidemiologists have for the reduced spread of the disease. Public knowledge? Overestimation of its infection rate? Environmental factors? I hate to say it but $260M is a drop in the bucket compared to the public health risk/expenditure of a full blown pandemic. These are calculated risks we take.

posted on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 1:27pm

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