Thursday, November 05, 2009

1000 dead from H1N1,but 36,000 die yearly in the US from the flu

Tried to check out the WHO for statistics on the flu, but couldn't connect to their web site for some reason. I finally,after a little searching got some numbers from where they mention..."According to FluView, a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people have died in the U.S. from swine flu, including more than 100 children, and 46 states have reported widespread influenza activity. The U.S. government has created a Web site that offers guidance to businesses in case of a pandemic. Some simple measures include ensuring that sick employees stay home".

Meanwhile according to the NIAID, Nationa Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...Each year in the U.S., seasonal influenza kills more than 36,000 people and hospitalizes 200,000 more. NIAID scientists worldwide are working together to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat seasonal and pandemic influenza, including H1N1 flu. For the latest in NIAID-supported influenza research, see Recent Scientific Findings and H1N1 Research Updates.

Hmm,is it just me, or is the WHO being somewhat opaque in showing the relationships of H1N1 and the ongoing flu that has been around for a long time?

There you have it folks. The straight skinny from the doctor in a uniform about the "new" H1N1 flu. Like, it hasn't been around since WW1. She seems to be very concerned about it, but fails to mention the seasonal flu and it's relationship to what she calls the new H1N1 flu. If you think this is bad, try getting some real information from the WHO web site...G:

Side effects of the activated/live/LAIV flu nasal spray vaccine:

Some children and adolescents 2 17 years of age have reported:

* runny nose, nasal congestion or cough
* fever
* headache and muscle aches
* wheezing
* abdominal pain or occasional vomiting or diarrhea

Some adults 18 49 years of age have reported:

* runny nose or nasal congestion
* sore throat
* cough, chills, tiredness/weakness

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