12/14/2009

Swine Flu: Not As Bad As First Feared


A report [article link] came out last Friday that British scientists have come to the conclusion the Swine (or H1N1) flu is not as bad as feared. In England, there are 26 deaths in every 100,000 cases. That is slightly worse than the seasonal flu. In the U.S., the death rate is slightly worse at 0.048 or 1 death in every 2000 cases. This is not nearly as bad a scenario than what was first predicted. I remember health officials of the Obama Administration (of course) saying there could be 900,000 deaths in the U.S. alone. Some predicted the first pandemic of the 21st century could equal or surpass the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

However, people are still being encouraged to get the Swine Flu shot. There have been Swine Flu deaths in my area. But, in each case, it was someone with a pre-existing medical condition that succumbed to this pandemic. If you do have a medical condition such as a heart problem, rheumatoid arthritis or whatever, it might be a good idea to get the Swine Flu shot. I still have not gotten the Swine Flu shot. I just got the seasonal flu shot last week. Those shots are few and far between now.

The seasonal flu season is just getting started. So, if you can find a place to get the seasonal flu shot, I highly recommend you get one. I started getting the flu shot 6 years ago. I have not had the flu since that time. As far as the Swine Flu; that is going to be your call. But, right now, I personally am not inclined to get one since I am in good health. However, if the lines are not long, I may just go a head and get the shot.





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