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Supposedly, when the World Health Organization meets, there will be a discussion about whether or not politicians helped stir up the swine flu frenzy because they were in collusion with drug companies selling the vaccine.

Nah!  They'd never do THAT!

I got a call from my mom down in Florida.  Dad had developed a really bad cold, sneezing, coughing, and it wasn't getting better.  She then asked the Million Meseta Question:  is he going to die from swine flu?

Now, I'm no doctor, but I am a science nut.  I explained certain facts to her:  1)  H1N1 is genetically missing the part of the strain that makes it fatal.  It is no worse than regular flu, so get him in bed with some chicken soup and some Robitussin and he'll be fine.  2)  The "epidemic" hasn't been much of an epidemic, so it's not like your life is going to turn into Outbreak.

I remember an ad on Craigslist where a woman was looking to trade H1N1 vaccine for Dave Matthews concert tickets (all except the inoculation for the oldest, since he'd be the babysitter).  It was wrong on so many levels.

Originally, the news was saying that there'd be a shortage of vaccine (I didn't bother, as my body is conditioned to handle the flu without that stuff.  When a cold gets passed around the office, I'm the only one unaffected by it.  And brother, do my office mates get pissed about that).  There were all these hoops you had to jump through, some places wouldn't take certain health plans.  Now, the cost is less than half what it was, there is plenty in stock.  I half expect to see an offer for a free H1N1 inoculation with a full tank of gas.

The media spends millions of dollars to manufacture a story about how doomed we are.  Will people ever get tired of falling for this?


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Jan. 16th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
1) H1N1 is genetically missing the part of the strain that makes it fatal.
Huh? What about all the people in 2009 who, yknow, died from it?
Jan. 16th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not saying people die from the flu. What I meant was that the Swine Flu that everyone was reacting to was guaranteed fatal, but it wasn't the one going around. This was like a regular flu, where you could die from it, but it wasn't as fatal as the one everyone mistook it for. Sorry, I should have been clearer about that.
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Meh, I ignored all the dire warnings and fear mongering about the "epidemic".

I'm not one of those people who run to the doctor for every little sniffle and sneeze so I think my system could handle it. I'm sure I'd feel like crap for a while, but I'd be fine in the long run.
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