7 Worst Things About The Government Shutdown

1. Hundreds of children and adults with rare and hard-to-treat illnesses will be refused treatment each week.

Roughly three-quarters of the staff at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was furloughed. As a result, the NIH Clinical Center will have to turn away around 200 people each week that would ordinarily be able to enroll in a clinical trial. People enroll in trials at the NIH Clinical Center when standard courses of treatment have failed or are unavailable. Basically, it’s a last resort, and people are able to undergo experimental treatments they wouldn’t have access to without being in a trial. Of those 200 people per-week, nearly 20 percent are children with cancer.

2. The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutritional program may run out of funding.

The WIC gives pregnant women and new moms access to healthy food choices, nutritional services, and healthcare referrals for those in need. Although the program has been granted the ability to tap into additional funds which should keep it running through October, it is still unclear if the program will be able to keep running undeterred. The likelihood of running into a lack of funding due to financial obligations regarding fiscal year 2014 are increasing.

3. The CDC will be forced to close its flu vaccine program as flu season begins.

The flu can be a deadly thing to those who are immuno-compromised, the elderly, and small children. The number of patients seeking outpatient services for influenza-like illnesses peaked in late-October for the 09-10 flu season. See why this is not only bad, but exceptionally bad timing?