Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I cannot believe I'm actually posting about this but . . .

Here are my thoughts/questions about the "Piglet Flew":

This year there have been 8 confirmed (yes! look it up) deaths from the swine flu. In 2008 over 800,000 people died from malaria and over 400,000 people in the U.S. alone died from smoking. 34,000 Americans died from the actual influenza last year. Hmm, where is the public panic about that?

They say 64 people have been infected (as I am writing this). Why is this causing such a panic? 64 people (although it would be tight) could probably fit into my house. Is 64 a lot?

The question has been asked, why are the cases not as severe in the U.S.? How about a better health system, access to doctors medicine, hospitals. Or perhaps it could be better sanitation? Just some thoughts.

I truly believe a lot of the problem from this flu comes from the overuse of antibiotics and antiviral medications. There is a time and place to use them (life-threatening or life-altering illnesses) but overuse causes viruses like this to mutate and for humans to not have the ability to build up immunity.

I'm not trying to diminish the fact that people are dying. That's horrible and I hope they can all get medical care but does this seems like it is a bit overblown to anyone else? Perhaps I just don't understand. is a great resource of information.


Amanda @ My Everyday said...

I agree, the media is way out of control.

I have a friend who is convinced "its the government/pharmaceutical companies way of getting people scared into taking vaccines again. They are frantically trying to get sales back up."

Jennifer said...

It's ridiculous. The "regular" flu kills about 10,000 people every year in the US. I haven't heard that called an epidemic and national emergency. In my opinion, this was used to get Sebelius rushed into HHS and will be used to get universal healthcare pushed through fast. I personally don't think it has anything to do w/ vaccines (scaring people into getting them). We differ on our views of medicine, though:)