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Brock
10-20-2004, 08:50 PM
Real Humanitarians.


Kerry team slams reports VP Cheney had a flu shot
Wed Oct 20 2004 20:02:09 ET

Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign Wednesday slammed Vice President Dick Cheney, a heart patient, over reports he had a flu shot, despite a shortage of the vaccine.

The campaign complained that Treasury Secretary John Snow and Senate Majority leader Bill Frist also had jabs, despite Bush's advice that the young and healthy did not need to get an injection.

Kerry team slams reports VP Cheney had a flu shot

47 minutes ago U.S. National - AFP



PITTSBURGH, United States (AFP) - Senator John Kerry (news - web sites)'s presidential campaign slammed Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites), a heart patient, over reports he had a flu shot, despite a shortage of the vaccine.


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The campaign complained that Treasury Secretary John Snow and Senate Majority leader Bill Frist also had jabs, despite Bush's advice that the young and healthy did not need to get an injection.


"Once again, the Bush administration proves that it is the 'do as we say, not as we do' White House," the campaign said in a statement issued in Pittsburgh where Kerry was campaigning.


"The very week that (health) secretary (Tommy) Thompson is telling Americans to keep calm, Dick Cheney, John Snow and Bill Frist are getting flu shots."


"It is unfortunate that the Bush administration failed to do the work necessary to ensure that all Americans, including those most at risk, had been able to get shots as well."


Cheney would fit into the government's definition of those most vulnerable to a looming influenza epidemic as he has a long history of heart disease.


Bush last week suggested in the final presidential debate that the young and healthy forgo the annual shot amid a shortage of vaccine that Kerry has blamed on the president's management of the health system.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041021/ts_alt_afp/us_vote_kerry_flu_041021010226

RINGLEADER
10-20-2004, 10:35 PM
Wow. I wonder if all of Kerry's Clintonista friends are going to hold a press conference calling their old boss names because he had a flu shot too?

Cochise
10-20-2004, 11:10 PM
"It is unfortunate that the Bush administration failed to do the work necessary to ensure that all Americans, including those most at risk, had been able to get shots as well."


Was there any doubt that it wouldn't be long before they placed the blame directly on Bush? ROFL

SNR
10-20-2004, 11:41 PM
Isn't Cheney classified as "most at risk" or whatever the hell the term is they use to describe people who need it?

IMO, say influenza was fatal to anyone who contracted it. Then wouldn't it be the strong who need the shots, and not the weak?

Taco John
10-21-2004, 12:04 AM
Cheney is a fragile old man. Let the guy get his medication. There's no telling how long he'd last if he got the flu. It'd probably be then end of him in his condition.

Frankie
10-21-2004, 12:09 AM
Kerry Campaign Slams Heart Patient Cheney For Getting Flu Shot


Wait!... Wait!... Wait!.....

I haven't tuned my violin yet...

PastorMikH
10-21-2004, 12:57 AM
Isn't Cheney classified as "most at risk" or whatever the hell the term is they use to describe people who need it?




I would actually think that the fact that he is the Vice President of the USA would entitle him to a flu shot in and of itself regardless of his heart condition. I mean, I would think this is sorta kinda a vital position for our nation and should be a canidate for vaccines and such even in a shortage.

memyselfI
10-21-2004, 07:57 AM
Wow. I wonder if all of Kerry's Clintonista friends are going to hold a press conference calling their old boss names because he had a flu shot too?

I would think Clinton qualifies as 'high risk' because he's still within his post-op period and thus his body is still weak...

but that is my guess based on prior surgery experience vs. partisan hackery. :hmmm:

Duck Dog
10-21-2004, 08:55 AM
I would actually think that the fact that he is the Vice President of the USA would entitle him to a flu shot in and of itself regardless of his heart condition. I mean, I would think this is sorta kinda a vital position for our nation and should be a canidate for vaccines and such even in a shortage.


You and I think so.

The left wing loonies would say the same thing if the young, healthy John Edwards were VP and took a flu shot.

BroWhippendiddle
10-21-2004, 09:14 AM
You and I think so.

The left wing loonies would say the same thing if the young, healthy John Edwards were VP and took a flu shot.

I hate this, but due to the positions that they are all in (all of the candidates, congressional members, senatorial members, etc.) should be considered higher priority for the vaccine. Not because they are politicians, but because they provide a leadership function in this country. If the whole of the congress were to fall ill to the flu, what would happen to the political process that we need for the country to be managed?

When I was in the military we were forced to take flu shots, not because we were weak but because if there were an epidemic the military needed to be ready. (Select few were excused from the shots, those allergic to egg serum and a few that had religious beliefs that forbade them from such.)

The last time I took a flu shot it worked, I was down for 3 weeks with the flu. I discourage doctors from telling me that I need one. They keep telling me that you should expect symptoms for a few days. I always ask: "How many days are a few, it took 21 days last time." Then they back off.

Flu shot anyone?

penguinz
10-21-2004, 09:20 AM
Just remember.... It is Bush's fault that a company in another country had tainted batches of the vaccine and lost their ability to make the stuff.

Chief Henry
10-21-2004, 09:29 AM
Just remember.... It is Bush's fault that a company in another country had tainted batches of the vaccine and lost their ability to make the stuff.


OOPS....

BroWhippendiddle
10-21-2004, 09:41 AM
Just remember.... It is Bush's fault that a company in another country had tainted batches of the vaccine and lost their ability to make the stuff.

Thanks for clairfying that for me, I knew that there was a democratic accustaion somewhere that was factual.

Did Bush own the company? or was it Haliburton?

Bwana
10-21-2004, 09:42 AM
Just remember.... It is Bush's fault that a company in another country had tainted batches of the vaccine and lost their ability to make the stuff.

OMG! ROFL Tell me you're not serious.............

Raiderhader
10-21-2004, 09:42 AM
I would actually think that the fact that he is the Vice President of the USA would entitle him to a flu shot in and of itself regardless of his heart condition. I mean, I would think this is sorta kinda a vital position for our nation and should be a canidate for vaccines and such even in a shortage.


You know that is an excellent point.

Damn the President and VP for having a nuclear fall out bunker to stay in while the rest of us have to bite the bullet out here in the event of a nuclear attack!

Chiefnj
10-21-2004, 10:19 AM
They have every right to criticize Cheney's flu shot. The "man" is really an evil cyborg, he doesn't need a flu shot.

KCWolfman
10-21-2004, 12:03 PM
I would think Clinton qualifies as 'high risk' because he's still within his post-op period and thus his body is still weak...

but that is my guess based on prior surgery experience vs. partisan hackery. :hmmm:
So says Death Watch Nell. I seem to remember someone placing Cheney on life support during the first campaign as an excuse not to vote for him. Now you have him healthy as a horse and you dare blame someone else for partisanship?


Here's your sign.

Clint in Wichita
10-21-2004, 01:11 PM
Why waste a flu shot on a man who's on the verge of death, anyway? It's not like he's running the country...

Oops, my mistake.

Soupnazi
10-21-2004, 02:58 PM
[QUOTE=Clint in Wichita]Why waste a flu shot on a man who's on the verge of death, anyway? [QUOTE]

Same reason the pharmacy keeps filling your "double shot" of valtrex and viagra. :p:

Brock
10-21-2004, 06:25 PM
Wait!... Wait!... Wait!.....

I haven't tuned my violin yet...

Die.