Archives for August 27, 2004

Dr. Winters’ Regularity

RTT with BBB
Dr. Winters, who got me into this whole blogging thing, has had a dread combination of boredom and life intervene, and has just posted his first in 6 months and a week. This makes him a very brady-irregular poster, and he may need some kind of external pacing.

Anyway, go and read. And encourage him to post monthly. Small steps, small steps.

Tainted flu vaccine discovered – Tainted flu vaccine discovered – Aug 26, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — The nation’s supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit Thursday when Chiron Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory.

The company said it will hold up shipment of about 50 million shots — about half the supply U.S. health officials had hoped to have on hand this year — while it investigates what went wrong and determines whether the vaccine is safe to use.

It’s good to know it’s being tested, and I hope it all gets straightened out, and with some Very Public explanations. It’s hard enough getting people to get their flu shots without worrying about the safety of the vaccine.

This also tells us how we can “miss” the right flu strain for the coming year. This represents 50 million doses earmarked for the US, and they’re already made, well before the flu season begins, before anyone in the US has contracted influenza.

I hate writing about Flu in August, it’s unnatural.

Medical Acronyms

We use a lot of abbreviations and acronyms in medicine, but the other day I was introduced to one I hadn’t heard before.

While discussing the care of a severely ill very elderly patient, a colleague said:



“MFB, CFD” he again said. The blank look on my face must have transmitted my incoherence, so he elaborated:

“Measure For Box, Call For Dirt”.

Just another medical acronym for my vocabulary.