Saturday, September 26, 2009

Clearly getting prepared for a pandemic is vital

But why must they poison us while doing so? (my bold):
OLYMPIA - State health officials are taking steps to ensure Washington residents at highest risk for H1N1 (swine flu) infection have broad access to the new vaccine when its available. Secretary of Health Mary Selecky is temporarily suspending Washingtons limit on the amount of mercury (thimerosal) allowed in H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine given to pregnant women and children under three.

Its vital to be sure everyone in a high risk group has the choice to be vaccinated when swine flu vaccine becomes available, said Secretary Selecky. Mercury-free H1N1 vaccine may not always be in stock, and we want to be sure there are no barriers to protecting people.

The six-month suspension is effective through March 23, 2010 and applies only to H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines now being developed. As a precaution, Washington state law limits the amount of mercury that can be in vaccines for pregnant women and children under three. The secretary of health can suspend the law when theres a shortage of vaccine or during a disease outbreak both criteria apply to the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. Supplies of mercury-free vaccine will be limited, which may stop people in these groups who want the vaccine from getting it.

H1N1 vaccination is voluntary. Pregnant women and children under three are at the top of the list to get the vaccine because theyre at high risk for serious complications from swine flu.
h/t to Mike in comments.

The Center For Disease Control:
2009 H1N1 Vaccination Recommendations

With the new H1N1 virus continuing to cause illness, hospitalizations and deaths in the US during the normally flu-free summer months and some uncertainty about what the upcoming flu season might bring, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has taken an important step in preparations for a voluntary 2009 H1N1 vaccination effort to counter a possibly severe upcoming flu season.
The CDC tracks the H1N1 flu and offers tips on how to take care of an ill family member.

Remember why the CDC is acting like this:
The 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu) was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world. It was caused by an unusually virulent and deadly influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify the geographic origin of the virus.[1] Most of its victims were healthy young adults, in contrast to most influenza outbreaks which predominantly affect juvenile, elderly, or otherwise weakened patients. The flu pandemic has also been implicated in the sudden outbreak of encephalitis lethargica in the 1920s.[2]

The pandemic lasted from March 1918 to June 1920,[3] spreading even to the Arctic and remote Pacific islands. It is estimated that anywhere from 50 to 100 million people were killed worldwide.[4][5][6][7][8] An estimated 500 million people, one third of the world's population (approximately 1.6 billion at the time), became infected.[5]

Scientists have used tissue samples from frozen victims to reproduce the virus for study. Given the strain's extreme virulence there has been controversy regarding the wisdom of such research. Among the conclusions of this research is that the virus kills via a cytokine storm (overreaction of the body's immune system) which explains its unusually severe nature and the concentrated age profile of its victims. The strong immune systems of young adults ravaged the body, whereas the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults caused fewer deaths.[9]


Mike Goldman said...

H1N1 is a panic, not a pandemic. It's no more serious than the seasonal flu. Unless you have a very serious reason to be immunized, I would absolutely avoid that shot. Flu mutates very fast. Immunization is not proven effective. The vaccines may do more harm than good. Even if you manage to avoid a flu this season you'd be having to take another vaccine next season, and the season after that, and building up all of these toxic chemicals (mercury being only one of which).

There are serious illnesses that need immunizations. Generally you get a shot once, or maybe every couple decades.

You're just abusing your immune system to take a seasonal vaccine.

Mike Goldman said...

Also, as I linked in the other post's comments, the last H1N1 panic was in 1976.

ecrunner said...

Well, for those that are looking to take this shot, I would think it is to their discretion to take it, knowing what the mercury level is. It should be up to the nurse to tell the patient.

ellroon said...

Ecrunner, the nurse telling the patient about the choices is a good place to start.

But people need to do the research for themselves and know what they are walking into rather than react to conspiracy theories or thoughtless panic.