Typically, when someone is infected with influenza they experience fever usually o to oF in adults, but even higher in children and causes a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and also headaches, muscle aches, and usually extreme tiredness. There are sometimes other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea but usually only in rare cases with young children. The average recovery time from the flu is about weeks, although some patients do develop more severe complications such as pneumonia, which are capable of being life threatening.
This supposed new strain is a mutated, currently untreatable strain that is expected to be responsible for several deaths. The media has caused such a wide spread panic over the Influenza bug this year and then claimed that 48 million vaccines mysteriously became contaminated rendering the public virtually helpless against the attack of this new strain of flu.
Internal PR Action Plan Each year, the public is forewarned of the upcoming, potentially lethal, flu season. Along with the public warnings come the recommendations from the public health department identifying which groups of people including all small children, the elderly, and those with possibly weakened immune systems that are most at risk.
There has been a growing concern that there would come a time that the supply of vaccine could not meet the demands of the population.
However, no one thought that this shortage would come so suddenly, without fair warning, and would affect such high numbers of people. In fact, the current story is that approximately half of the total supply of the vaccine, roughly 48 million doses, were contaminated and therefore rendered useless.
To compound the problem, this also means that 48 million people are being forced to play Russian Roulette with an invisible enemy. Many cases of the flu can be avoided through the quick release of information concerning the impending dilemma that we face as a nation, educating the public, and by communicating an effective internal public relations action plan.
Public Dilemma America used to have five manufacturers that developed the flu vaccines that were used to vaccinate the entire nation. However, over the past few years, those five suppliers have diminished to only two suppliers, Chiron Corporation and Aventis Pasteur.
Lester Crawford, acting commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, stated that he was fearful that the remaining two companies would ultimately become one, producing the vaccines for all of America.
Following the confirmation that the 48 million doses of flu vaccine supplied by Chiron Corporation were actually contaminated, Chiron Corporation was shut down in Liverpool leaving America with half of the supply and little time to act or create a workable contingency plan.
America, although still considered to be a dominating world power, and still revered as leaders of the free world, has now been reduced to a population fearing an enemy that what we cannot see nor can control. Notification The means in which to notify the public can be a tricky situation.
The object of a successful PR representative is to get the information out into the public as quickly and painlessly as possible all the while avoiding mass hysteria.
However, the media launched a large effort to forewarn the public of the severe health threat that was to be brought on by the impending flu epidemic we would be facing this winter and emphasized the importance of obtaining a flu vaccine this year.
This thwarted the efforts of PR representatives searching to find a way to avoid public panic.
The release of the information needed to happen quickly and be received by as many people as possible in order to effectively notify the public of the current issue that had just surfaced publicly. The best way to ensure that the most amounts of people received this information was to hold a nationally syndicated press conference explaining the newly discovered lack of vaccine and the cause associated with it.
At the same time that the press was notified, the media was notified as well so that the message could be released simultaneously across all airways.Flu Vaccine Case Analysis The U.S.
Influenza Vaccine Shortage The “ U.S. Influenza Vaccine Shortage” article describes the vaccine shortages that Americans have faced in recent years and the different reasons associated with such an issue. Flu Memorandum To: Representative Henry Waxman House Committee on Government Reform From: Senior Policy Analyst Date:9/18/ Re:Influenza Shortage Distribution Recommendations This memo outlines ways to address the recurring shortages of the influenza vaccine that occurred in the United States between and The U.S.
Influenza Vaccine Shortage Influenza, or the flu, causes approximately 36, deaths and , hospitalizations annually in the United States and costs the American economy between $11 and $18 billion each year (General Accounting Office b, page 1). Polling taken during the influenza vaccine shortage found a high level of public concern but no consensus on who should be responsible for solving the problem.
A substantial minority. Influenza Vaccine Shortage Internal PR Action Plan MKT November, 22, Abstract This year's flu season is supposed to bring a strain of the virus . Essay title: Influenza.
Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a virus that infects the respiratory tract. Although Influenza is not as severe as many viral infections it's almost the worst for viral infections of the respiratory tract. Influenza Vaccine Shortage. Influenza Vaccine Shortage Internal PR Action Plan MKT /5(1).