Article Image
IPFS News Link • Bioterrorism

Feds go hog wild promoting swine-flu shots CDC spends $16 million on 'outreach' to convince

With plush swine-flu toys stocked on its gift-shop shelves, citizens earning $50 to attend forums on the virus and an additional $50 for those willing to take a vaccine, it's a $16 million swine-flu shot bonanza hosted by the federal Center for Disease Control. As part of a massive public relations and research campaign, the CDC has been hosting as many as 10 swine flu forums in nine U.S. cities before Labor Day – and it is shelling out as much as $50,000 for a program that pays citizens $50 when they preregister and attend. CDC pays forum attendees The city of Somerville, Mass., announced it has been selected as one of the 10 national sites. Its full-day "H1N1 vaccination strategy and information session" will take place this Saturday and is open to 100 residents who register. Each participant will also receive a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. For those who don't speak English, the events provide interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Cr