As of October 13, 2005, 7:25 am EDT, no vaccine exists that will protect against the reported bird flu. It will take several months to develop an effective vaccine - which can begin only after the virus rears its ugly RNA.
So why is a UK news outlet reporting:
European health chiefs say everyone should be given a flu vaccine to prevent a possible bird flu pandemic.Oh, no, CNN is reporting it too. Maybe Mr. Kyprianou is just calling for a mass vaccination right now as a dry run. Seems like a costly way to test your bird flu preparedness plan to me.
EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said he advised "the increase of vaccination among the risk population for the seasonal flu". He said this was part of their plan to deal with a potential or possible pandemic.