Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Flu?

My new belief is this SWINEFLU is 100% BS!

The swine flu killed 20 million people worldwide between 1918-1920. Over 500,000 people were killed in the United States during 1918-1920. The reality is people die every year in the United States due to flu related ailments.

In 1976 the government ran the propaganda video above and many people protected themselves from the swine flu. The government abandoned the program because many people who took the shot suffered bad side effects. I attached a 60 minutes interview transcript from 1979 which will add some insight.

The number of influenza-associated (i.e., flu-related) deaths varies from year to year because flu seasons often fluctuate in length and severity. CDC estimated that about 36,000 people died of flu-related causes each year, on average, during the 1990s in the United States. This figure includes people dying from complications of flu. This estimate came from a 2003 study published in the Journal of the American Medication Association (JAMA), which looked at the 1990-91 through the 1998-99 flu seasons. Statistical modeling was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death on their death certificate was listed as a respiratory or circulatory disease. During these years, the number of estimated deaths ranged from 17,000 to 52,000.

In 2009, CDC published additional estimates of flu-related deaths comparing different methods, including the methods used in the 2003 JAMA study. The seasons studied included the 1993-94 through the 2002-03 flu seasons. Results from this study showed that during this time period, 36,171 flu-related deaths occurred per year, on average.


platensimycin said...

The two outbreaks are of slightly different serologic types but our greatest fear is influenza virus' innate potential to mutate. If it did, the pandemic would be as lethal as it's explosive.

Great blog here; will visit often.

Trader Bob said...

Thanks for the blog visit platensimycin. I understand the potential possibility of mass causualties due to a pandemic. I also understand the need in the medical community to error on the side of extreme caution. Furthermore when looking at the 60 minutes transcript from 1979, I understand that 4000 people out of 46 million who took the vaccination had issues. That's .0087% which is still very low considering the sue happy nature of our culture and the possibility of a potential pandemic.

David said...

Citing last similar outbreak (SARS, 03'), in spite of the odd against us, i believe that even one man can make the difference.

Dr. Carlo Urbani, one of WHO's sentinel doc stationed in Hanoi, Vietnam, was one of the first health professionals to characterize the outbreak and urged Vietnamese authority to impose guarantee. His action probably saved hundreds of Vietnamese from contracting the infectious disease. In the end, Vietnam suffered far fewer SARS-related casualties than any other countries in the hot zone.

David said...

2003 NY Times article