Hype Versus Reality

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.

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4 Responses to Hype Versus Reality

  1. Pingback: Aside: Swine Flu Hype Vs Reality » Pirate’s Cove

  2. Sylvia says:

    The Aetiology blog and the Global Health Report blog both have good data.

    “Damaged,” eh? Good term for it. I’m in the highest risk category and am choosing not to go into isolation. Roll the dice, wash my hands, take more C…

  3. martian says:

    This is a perfect example of the Rahm Emmanuel philosophy, “Never let a good crisis go to waste” – even if you have to exaggerate heavily to turn it into a crisis. The whole Obama governing philosophy seems to be one of permanent crisis. In 100 days we’ve gone from one crisis to the next with nary a breath in between. I guess he figures if there’s always a crisis everyone will be too busy worrying about that to look too closely at what hew and his lackeys are doing.

  4. David says:

    I found this page by doing a google search on “swine flu” and “hype”. The opening statement at the top of the page confirms what I suspected.

    Do I sound like a conspiracy theorist when I say that the liberals and the media are in on scaring people together? Al Gore may not have created the internet, but I’m fairly sure that he created global warming.

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