If you have a child under 3 who comes into the emergency department in winter with fever and vomiting or diarrhea or both, there's a 90 chance it's rotavirus.
Unsurprisingly, politicians spout sound bites about their unwillingness to remove 'consumer protections' from the equation, but they have it all wrong, ... The only real way to 'protect' consumers is to keep them alive. We must move fast and we must move now. The clock is ticking.
What makes you vulnerable is the virulence, the dangerousness, of the virus, and the 1918 virus was one dangerous virus, ... Avian flu, too - when it infects, it kills. That's why people are scared, and reasonably so.
The problem with the original vaccine is when given to kids over 7, it caused some pretty severe reactions,
The question becomes, which is the conservative and which is the radical decision I think the more radical choice, frankly, is not to give the vaccine.
Rotavirus basically affects everybody by the time they are 5. If we took blood samples of all people, it would be rare to find someone who has not had rotavirus.
Even if bird flu isn't the culprit, there almost certainly will be a disastrous pandemic of some sort in the next 20 years, ... And if we continue on our present course, the U.S. will not be prepared to handle it.