Thursday, 4 June 2009

Even if Swine Flu is not as bad as normal flu!

Normal flu kills 500,000 people worldwide annually. Some quote 1

But normal flu has vaccine which limits its spread.
Swine Flu still hasn't got a proven vaccine so its death toll should
be higher anyway, certainly more than 500,000.

The increase should be proportional to the number of vaccinations for
normal flu.

Is it advisable to reduce the number of normal flu vaccinations in
order to shift production to Swine Flu? Given the large number of
doctors who believe that Swine Flu is not as bad as Normal Flu, we can
safely assume that there will be no vaccination produced for Swine Flu
making fatality of Swine Flu, similar to the normal flu fatality, but
this is an addition to the normal flu fatality, making the combined
fatality to be at least 1 million.

If some governments decide to divert production to Swine flu, the
number of deaths arising from normal flu will also increase,
offsetting the number of lives saved from Swine Flu. Either way, the
number of deaths will still increase.

Why did the world not care for the deaths of 500,000?

Flu: stop squealing normal virus worse

Alex de Vos

4th June 2009 04:00:03 PM

Doctors have advised residents that normal influenza is often worse
than swine flu as the virus begins breaking out in the Geelong region.

Barwon Health confirmed on Tuesday that doctors had diagnosed the
region's first case of swine flu.

The virus has been blamed for deaths overseas but has failed to claim
lives among Australia's growing number of victims.

General Practitioner Association of Geelong's Dr Jane Opie said the
organisation was expecting "more local cases" as the virus spread.

However, she considered swine flu relatively "mild".

"Certainly, what we've seen is no worse than normal influenza," Dr
Opie said.

Barwon Health spokesperson Kate Nelson said Geelong's first swine flu
victim was undergoing treatment in home quarantine.

"A patient presented at Geelong Hospital's emergency department and
tested positive for H1N1 Influenza," Ms Nelson said.

"Infection control measures have been adhered to and have followed the
guidelines for the control of infectious diseases."

Last week Ms Nelson told the Independent an outbreak was "inevitable".

She advised anyone with flu-like symptoms to contact their doctor.

"What you need to do is ring ahead first and advise your doctor
whether you have those symptoms so they can implement infection-
control procedures to minimise the risk of transmission," Ms Nelson

"We also need people to practice good personal hygiene.

"Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze,
wash your hands and avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth."

Ms Nelson said Barwon Health would continue working with Department of
Human Services, the city's General Practitioners Association and City
of Greater Geelong to contain the virus.

"But we need the public's cooperation to minimise transmission," she

Swine flu has hit Victoria harder than any other state, accounting for
three quarters of the country's 500-plus confirmed cases.

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