Obama's Strange Silence

Maybe I've missed it, but has anyone heard even a peep from President Obama about this year's flu epidemic?  Has this most persuasive man on earth even once used the bully pulpit to promote simple, inexpensive and incontrovertibly protective steps like getting the flu vaccine and taking everyday preventive actions like washing hands often and "common sense measures" like using a tissue when coughing or sneezing?   Did he do or say anything to encourage adequate production of flu vaccine and antiviral drugs, both currently in short supply?  Annual flu season pediatric deaths ranged from 34 to 282 over the past eight years and total flu-related deaths are estimated at over 20,000 annually.  With the CDC saying this flu season is starting out to be much worse than average -- 37 pediatric deaths so far -- but not too late to take preventive steps, where has the president been on this life and death issue? President Obama does not hesitate to use the...(Read Full Post)