Death toll so far in the US from H1N1 “swine” flu: Zero. Death toll since January 1st of this year from plain, old, regular, non-swinish flu: more than 13,000.
Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from seasonal flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on the causes of death in the nation.
No fewer than 800 flu-related deaths were reported in any week between January 1 and April 18, the most recent week for which figures were available.
The report looks at deaths in the 122 largest cities in the United States.
Worldwide, the annual death toll from the flu is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000.
About 9 out of 10 of those deaths are among people older than 65, Currie said. Most times, they already have health problems that the flu makes worse, he said.
“Regular influenza can be taxing,” he said. “It causes their underlying disease to decompensate and then they don’t have the reserves to get through it.
“While it may not be the direct cause listed on the death certificate, it certainly contributed.”
Yet we have a declared “Public Health Emergency.” Over Swine Flu. Again.
I lived through the last “Swine Flu” hysteria in 1976. Didn’t get the flu shot – which ended up causing more problems than it was supposed to cure. Hundreds of people were damaged or killed by the “vaccine” that was supposed to save us all from a disease that never materialized.
When this suddenly popped up, I was a bit concerned about how it was suddenly just there in a lot of places. Now that I have watched this play out for a few days, I am not at all convinced that the response to date is justified. Or even reasonable, given the figures for annual, just plain flu.