Daily Archives: July 1, 2006

A vaccine shortage — how convenient!

AJC article today tells us that there is a shortage of meningitis vaccine.  This “shortage” is pushing the price to $186 per shot.

Three years ago, a big push was made to mandate vaccinations for all freshman to protect against meningitis — this push failed, largely because legislators wondered about requiring freshman to pay $82 for a shot that was only 50% effective for a disease that afflicted less then 1 in 100,000 in very strict circumstances.

However, the PR surrounding the legislative efforts in Georgia and more then 2 dozen states evidently has hit pay dirt for the vaccine manufacturer (yes there is only one – funny how that works) as demand outstrips supply.

Don’t worry, in a couple of years a new plant will be online, and I imagine, a new effort to mandate vaccination.

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