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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Government Caused the Flu-Vaccine Crisis

[Arthur Foulkes is an independent writer in Indiana and author of "Weakened Immunity: How the FDA Caused Recent Vaccine-Supply Problems," Independent Review, Summer 2004.]

Headlines about shortages of influenza vaccine are becoming as much a part of autumn as the World Series. In 2000, manufacturing delays and plant shutdowns sent many people scrambling for the hard-to-get vaccine. In 2001, fears of anthrax poisoning drew unexpectedly high demand, as did a particularly nasty flu bug in 2003. But 2004's scenario was undoubtedly the worst. [To see the complete article, go to the address below.]



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