Wednesday, August 31, 2005


One flu offers the country test

Apologies for the title! I was interested to read a senior Department of Health official reveal Government plans to deal with a possible outbreak of avian flu in Ireland are well-advanced and "ahead of the posse".

Brian Mullen said there had been significant planning for a "worst-case scenario" involving a mutant virus which could be spread from person to person.

He explained that 200,000 doses of the newest vaccine had been ordered, as well as anti-viral drugs for at least 25% of the population.

Now I'm no maths whiz but in a country with a population of over 4 million people, having 200,000 doses of the newest vaccine doesn't fill me with confidence! And anti-viral drugs for 25% of the population? Getting 25% in an exam is considered a FAIL.

Must do better! We don't want to be left relying on a wing and a prayer! (apologies again)


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