Tuesday, September 29, 2009

View From the 14th Floor of the Corning Tower

A spectacular view of the State Capitol building in downtown Albany (with The Egg in the foreground), shot from the window as I waited this afternoon with other members of the press for NY State Health Commissioner Dr. Daines to arrive for a news conference about swine flu and regular flu. There's quite a storm brewing over vaccinations and vaccine and the fact that the state has ordered those who work in a health care setting to get vaccinated or be fired. Despite the arguments by the opposition, I can't imagine Dr. Daines or anyone else deliberately placing health care people in danger. After all, they need to be there at work, caring for the sick and injured. Once something "spooky" happens, like that bad batch of vaccine back in the 70s, it sticks in the public consciousness. A lot of folks are simply getting too Art Bell-ish over this. But think of the last commercial you saw on TV for medications where they read the laundry-list of possinle side effects.
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