CDC says Obese get 1st PRIORITY for swine flu vaccine

United States
August 12, 2009 2:28pm CST
July 2009 ----------- In a Wall Street Journal article it was announced: "The medical costs of treating obesity-related diseases may have soared as high as $147 billion in 2008" by the CDC, and its new director Thomas Friedan commended for setting "a fresh tone in favor of more aggressively attacking obesity." At an unnamed conference at Washington, researchers said, "Obese people spent 42% more than people of normal weight on medical costs in 2006, a difference of $1,429 and prescription drugs accounted for much of the increase." Friedan stressed "The numbers underscore the urgent need for deeper interventions in society and the environment that will make it easier for people to maintain normal weight" and “Reversing obesity is not going to be done successfully with individual effort.” August 12, 2009 Media announces the CDC has now given the obese 1st Priority in getting the swine flu vaccine and their studies show that obese people are at most risk of dying from swine flu due to respiratory complications which can develop after contracting the H1n1 virus.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Aug 09
According to the government's measure of obesity, the BMI, Arnold Schwarzenegger is obese. So, I guess those with excessive muscles will go for the vaccine first, then regular obese people, children and the elderly. Something is a little fishy here, and not the nice, crunchy fried kind you get with chips.
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• United States
12 Aug 09
elderlys get priority UNLESS they already have pre-exisiting conditions
• United States
12 Aug 09
excuse me, that is 'elderly dont get'
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
13 Aug 09
Hi Revella...you seem to have gotten hold of some faulty information. Pregnant women are at highest risk, and young people are also at a greater risk. The elderly do better, as they have SOME immunity built up. Please check the following report from CNN for the guidelines and recommendations, which specifically mention that obesity is not a risk factor: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/07/29/CDC.H1N1.vaccine.guidelines/ Karen
• United States
13 Aug 09
"The obese should be first in line for the swine flu vaccine" [Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriologist at Aberdeen University] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200968/Obese-given-swine-flu-vaccine-first.html Obese Canadians may get top priority in H1N1 vaccinations 8-03-09 Toronto, CANADA — "The possibility that Canadians with excessive weight problems may be at higher risks to become sick of Influenza A (H1N1) virus may place obese people on top of the priority list of swine flu vaccinations." [AHN] "IF AN OBESE PATIENT COMES IN COMPLAINING OF FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, THEY WILL GET ANTI-VIRAL MEDICATION IMMEDIATELY, EVEN BEFORE TESTS CONFIRM H-1-N-1. AND WHEN A VACCINE IS READY, THE OBESE MAY BE SOME OF THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A SHOT." [Fox, Carina Starr, 1:10pm]
• United States
13 Aug 09
"The obese should be first in line for the swine flu vaccine" [Professor Hugh Pennington, bacteriologist at Aberdeen University] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1200968/Obese-given-swine-flu-vaccine-first.html Obese Canadians may get top priority in H1N1 vaccinations 8-03-09 Toronto, CANADA — "The possibility that Canadians with excessive weight problems may be at higher risks to become sick of Influenza A (H1N1) virus may place obese people on top of the priority list of swine flu vaccinations." [AHN] "IF AN OBESE PATIENT COMES IN COMPLAINING OF FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS, THEY WILL GET ANTI-VIRAL MEDICATION IMMEDIATELY, EVEN BEFORE TESTS CONFIRM H-1-N-1. AND WHEN A VACCINE IS READY, THE OBESE MAY BE SOME OF THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A SHOT." [Fox, Carina Starr, 1:10pm]
• United States
13 Aug 09
Hi Revella...I don't know about the rules in Cananda, but CNN has proven itself a reliable news source here in the USA, plus what they have reported concurs with the news reports broadcast on the radio and television. I have never heard of the source you named. Do you live in Canada? Best regards, Karen
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
12 Aug 09
If I am reading the stitches on the fast ball correctly, or the tea leaf I think you are saying that Obese should not receive the swine flu vaccine. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I misreading what you are saying. You first go into how expensive the obese are and then the obese are going to get protected first from the H1N1 virus.
• United States
12 Aug 09
tea leaf? why don't you explain what you are trying to say
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
13 Aug 09
You have never heard of reading the tea leafs?
• United States
14 Aug 09
no
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
13 Aug 09
I flat am NOT getting this vaccine ever period. I am obese and I would not get it period ever. I am losing weight medical doctors did NOT treat my thyroid condition until I had become very obese and I learned they knew about it for 7 years before oh we just realize you have hypothyrodism. I demanded my medical records and read where they KNEW I had it long before I gained the weight and just kept me coming back for profit with tests. I don't trust doctors at all anymore. This is only ONE of several things medical doctors have done to me and my family that did more harm than good. No thanks.
• United States
13 Aug 09
Thats my point--its common knowledge that so many medications prescribed cause hyper or hyperthyroidism! I take lithium which I reduced my dose to one from two doses because it had become IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight, everyone warned me but I just said, hey, i know how to exercise and can manage my weight---NO, thats not always the case so definately, that is a legitimate concern.
12 Aug 09
I don't get this. Why can't they get first priority, along with the elderly and young children? They all share the same risks. I'm not saying the obese shouldn't get first priority, just that the elderly and young kids deserve it as well.
• United States
12 Aug 09
that's the ironic part, the CDC says the elderly don't get on the priority list but their still expected to get the seasonal flu vaccine (Tamiflu) which the CDC pointed out they get without question anyway
@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
13 Aug 09
What's your point? Fat people shouldn't get vaccines? I know that it's becoming fashionable to bash fat people, they're the new scourge, just as people smoking was/are. I know Obama wants fat and elderly people wiped off the face of the earth, but I don't see what you're trying to point out. Why is the CDC concerned about fat people getting vaccines??
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
13 Aug 09
Um, what???? So if you are obese and unhealthy you get high priority. How is that fair to those who keep ourselves in good shape?
@mama_bear (1124)
• Canada
12 Aug 09
see i am not a fan of the vaccine or anything like that because the idea of introducing something that lethal into my system gives me the sweats. however i have an issue with obese people get first preference. how is this fair. i do not believe that in all cases obesity is not a disease, people like to call it that but i do not believe it to be so. surely there are warning signs before you get to the obese stage, surely you can see yourself ballooning and there is still time to fix it with exercise and a good work out regimen. not all cases of obesity are genetic and cannot be helped. i think that this line of thinking is dangerous and will only encourage people to take less care of themselves. obesity in my estimation is not a disease, it is a condition brought on by a poor lifestyle and dietary choice. there are those out there who choose not to take care of themselves with a proper diet and exercise. in conclusion i think that the vaccine preference should be given to mothers, teachers, and people on the public and health sector and to children!