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Posted by on Nov 5, 2009 in Health, Media | 15 comments

Swine flu vaccine – the appearance of favoritism towards the wealthy

This MSNBC.com headline certainly won’t help the feeling that many Americans have that the wealthy get taken care of and the rest are left to hang:

Amid shortage, big NYC firms get swine vaccine
Rules allow company docs to request vaccine, distribute to high-risk groups

NEW YORK – Some of New York City’s largest employers – including Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs and big universities – have started receiving doses of the much-in-demand swine flu vaccine for their at-risk employees.

The government-funded vaccine is being distributed to states, where health departments decide where to send the limited doses. In New York, health officials are allowing businesses with onsite medical staff to apply for the vaccine.

Doctors for large companies can ask for the vaccine along with other doctors but must agree to vaccinate only high-risk employees like pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses, said Jessica Scaperotti, a spokeswoman for New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

While there is more to the story than the headline and sub-headline, you have to dig deep into the article to find the non-inflammatory content. While it is traditional that “if it bleeds, it leads” one must wonder if the headline needed to be quite this inflammatory.


Cross-posted between Random Fate and The Moderate Voice .

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