The shutdown has far-reaching implications for your health.
The government-funded Centers for Disease Control employs detectives that investigate foodborne illnesses, infectious disease outbreaks, and influenza viral patterns. They work hard to keep us healthy and productive. You know what happens when the government shuts down? They stop detecting. Development of next year’s flu vaccine gets delayed. Flu outbreaks aren’t tracked. Right now, there’s a Salmonella outbreak that isn’t being investigated as thoroughly as it would be if the CDC were open for business. (If you’re interested in the CDC’s role in outbreak investigation, that link is here.)
The Superbug blog has a great post about the government shutdown and your health.