I haven’t posted lately due to an emergency with my own family. One young member got very, very sick from the H1N1 swine flu which then deteriorated into full pneumonia and I had to go to the hospital emergency room to save him. I was planning a ‘please, please get flu vaccinations!’ article when I got the phone call. This flu is a very, very dangerous disease this year: it attacks healthy, young people and kills them!
Due to the terrifying nature of this year’s incarnation of this virus, people are now sufficiently scared to take measures they should have done much earlier: H1N1 flu surge causes run on vaccine supply in B.C. – British Columbia – CBC News
A woman in the Okanagan died and more than a dozen people in the Fraser Valley remain in intensive care because of H1N1 flu. Fraser Health said that over 430,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed in the region since October.
In B.C.’s eastern regions, pharmacists hav
e reported that Albertans are crossing the border looking for the flu vaccine, after many pharmacies in Alberta ran out and after Alberta Health Services closed its vaccination clinics Friday.
More than 1 million people got the current flu shot for free in Alberta, where at least nine people have died of H1N1 flu this season.
This being America, shots are not free. And the family member who was the only one to not get shots this year was just employed and had no health insurance during the fall and also was working long hours so the pharmacies that did give out shots didn’t have them after 10 pm.
So he took a dangerous gamble and alas, the die came up snake eyes. A coworker showed up sick and gave it to others. Healthcare isn’t an individual choice issue. It is a social issue that affects everyone. Controlling epidemics is a huge part of governance and public safety. Contagion can travel far and wide in no time flat.
We see from this graph of previous surges in flu cases, the year I had pneumonia after a flu episode was a big surge. That year, it hit mainly the elderly like myself.
The cases this year are heartbreaking: 11-year-old Hendersonville girl dies from flu | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
Hyden said he didn’t get the girl vaccinated because he was worried about side effects.
“It’s such a tough decision for the parent,” he said.
“You only think that’s for the weak and the elderly — those that don’t have the immunity to fight it off,” Fiser said. “You would never imagine that a healthy child really would need the flu shot at all.”
Alas, this poor family went to the anti-vaccinationists to learn about how to kill their child. This anti-vaccination culture is deadly. It is a pure horror show. They latch on what are very dicey cases that prove little, to claim vaccinations are evil. This seeking out tiny flaws while ignoring the huge power of virus epidemics and other raging diseases is typical of delusional thinking and I condemn this sort of belief system.
There are more headlines today and lucky for me, so far, my own adult child isn’t one of them: Bay Area flu death toll climbs to 15 Flu strain H1N1 active this year, targets younger adults. Flu kills young adult woman in Melbourne who was athletic and healthy. Then there is this case: Matthew Walker, Santa Rosa 23-Year-Old, Dies From H1N1 Flu Virus | NBC Bay Area
He was young, active and healthy, but that was no match for this year’s deadly flu virus.
Matthew Walker, 23, is one of the latest victims to die from the flu, specifically the H1N1 virus commonly known as swine flu…Walker’s father confirms it was the H1N1 virus that took his son’s life. Matthew was hospitalized within days of showing symptoms.
I very, very nearly died of the Hong Kong flu in 1968. I was very strong, athletic and smart. I was deranged and reduced to a skeleton after just three days and four nights. Lost 50 pounds and lost my mind. I didn’t know who I was, couldn’t read nor write. I was very nearly dead. I do recall exactly one thing: at a key moment when the doctors were certain I was going to die, I came out of the coma and whispered, ‘If a bird sings in the window I will live’ and at dawn, this happened and my fever broke.
The flu isn’t this happy, harmless disease. It can be as deadly as the Black Plague. ▶ Killer Flu Documentary – YouTube examines the 1918 epidemic. ▶ We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918 (full documentary) – YouTube is another good thing to watch. ▶ Pandemic BBC Documentary) – YouTube is a visualization of what would happen if the H1N1 were to mutate to become even more dangerous.
Viruses are one of the oldest forms of creatures on our planet. Once, they ruled the roost entirely and only after other life forms made the environment less friendly did they jump from living free in toxic volcanic pools to moving inside of the bodies of all other living things. They are dangerous and cunning and evolve rapidly. One of the few tools we have to fight these entities is vaccinations.
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