After a doomsday cult releases a genetically engineered virus, a nurse named Marie must decide which patients under quarantine get a vaccine that may cure the plague.



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Episode cast overview:
Marie Alexander
Lane Gates ...
Harry Andrews
Major Ford
Bernard Katz
Joy Coghill ...
Jason Gaffney ...
Private John Stanhope
Joanna Piros ...
News Anchor
Claire Riley ...
Dr. Egan


In a future Earth where most of the population have been killed by a deadly virus, nurse Marie Alexander cares for her 12 patients in a hospital's isolation unit. The world's destruction is man-made, the result of what the media dubbed the Cult Flu. Many difficult decisions have been made along the way but none more difficult that the one she now faces. An army private, himself infected with the virus, arrives with the news that a vaccine has been developed. The bad news is that Marie receives only three doses and she now has to decide who among them them will be the recipients. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 1998 (USA)  »

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The three people who stole the vaccine and died. Died from anaphylaxis. But that not because they were already immune. The adverse event was because of an allergic reaction. Swelling of the airway, rashes, and hives are classic signs of an allergic reaction. And when those symptoms are profound it's called anaphylaxis. And unless there is immediate life support, the patient will die. If they were already immune. There would have simply been no reaction at all. The vaccine would have been wasted. A good example of this is the Tetanus vaccine. It's thought that that vaccine is good for at least 10 years. But it can be given without concern if a person can't remember their last date of vaccination. So this idea was false. See more »


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What a Horrible Responsibility!
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A group of doctors and patients are holed up in a hospital, while the world around them has fallen prey to a terrorist group that has launched a plague. They have an air filtration system that will run as long as a diesel generator continues to work. A young female doctor has taken on the role of the caregiver and overseer for the group. Several are harsh and resentful of her. They don't like her bossing them around, even though their survival has depended on it. One day, a soldier arrives with a package with a vaccine. It is enough for three people. She now carries the weight of that decision on her shoulders. At some point, she faints from exhaustion, and the evil characters find out what she knows. They have resented her care for an old cancer patient and a little orphaned boy. See how this all plays out. Once again, the conclusion is pretty simplistic, but the story itself holds us in its grasp.

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