Saturday, September 26, 2009

Influenza Season 2008-2009

I wonder if this is why people have been feeling so crummy.

Flu: (The red line represents this year. Note the blip up a few weeks ago.)

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By type: (Orange represents swine flu.)

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These are from the CDC's weekly updated FluView site, which I picked up on CDC's Facebook page.


Matt said...

Certainly would be nice if the arc continues along the curve that last week's point created. If so ... the swine flu vaccine has certainly arrived late.

Bix said...

Speaking of the swine flu vaccine, just about everyone I ask (not a big sample) says they aren't going to get it.

It's interesting how the public has shied away from vaccination.

Bix said...

Maybe it's stories like this that scare people:

"Evidence that many organizations as well as Pharmaceutical companies such as Baxter and Novartis who merged with Chiron are part of a system controlled by a crime syndicate responsible for funding the development, manufacturing and release of artificial viruses with the intention of justifying mass vaccinations with a bioweapon substance to eliminate the people of the U.S. and to gain control of North America's assets and resources was produced by Burgermeister."


Swine Flu Vaccinations Could Prove More Deadly Than the Swine Flu

Ronald said...

Yeah that sound believable. I think we are being manipulated by interstellar vampires who are using the hollow earth as its base to enslave all of humankind as an immortal race of undead beings that they will use as an army in their interstellar wars.

I will get a flu shot if they are offered at work for free, which they usually are.

Bix said...


Frank, aren't you Ronald.

I'm hearing that some places are making it mandatory for healthcare workers to get the vaccination. But they don't have an enforcement policy.

Matt said...

For me, it's stories like this.

'Dangers' of the fast-track swine flu vaccine

Perovskia said...

I'm against vaccines like I'm and pink being fashionably mashed together (you have no idea my hatred).

I came across this article recently in one of our country's magazines. It debates how people who receive the seasonal flu shot are more apt to contract H1N1.

See also this link on Canada's views on the H1N1 flu and how it affects us (from not being allowed to shake hands at the sign of peace at Mass, to the Native's receiving hundreds of body bags in advance).

I am cautious of the government sending out so many H1N1 vaccines when it's still experimental. We don't know what it's going to do yet.

Sorry, I'll get off the soap box now.

Bix said...

Soap boxes are welcome. It's the ad hominem arguments that rile me.

So, here's a question ...

What if you have children at home? Would you consider getting the vaccination to lower the risk of exposing them?

Perovskia said...

No; I would treat my children the same I treat myself. How can we develop a natural resistance to things if we keep injecting our bodies with foreign substances?

My sister never got my niece vaccinated. When she entered school, they had to get or sign special paperwork (if you need more details, it's not a problem, I just forget the particulars right now). After that, it wasn't a problem - until she got bit by a dog (then she had to get some shots).

Hillcrest Toronto said...

Well, I have heard many negative news about the vaccines too. Apparently, we won't get them anytime soon in Canada, thus we are told they might be harmful. Who knows.


Perovskia said...

They're coming, but 2 weeks delayed. But then they're trying to 'rush' the 2 weeks. *shrug* I read in another article Canada bought 50 million doses. We only have 33 million people for crying out loud! *sigh* Looks like you guys might be getting our surplus, Bix.

Matt said...

So where are folks now on vaccination? My hope upon viewing the graphic that Bix posted did not at all come to fruition - after the small downward blip we've got a spike upward, and it's almost all H1N1 since seasonal flu hasn't hit at all yet. Hitting children disproportionately, and I've got a 5 and a 2. No vaccine available yet, but coming soon. To me, it is feeling like it is unwise to not get vaccinated at this time. My in-laws are dead set against vaccination. So, I am dead set against sending my kids to their house till this blows over.

I'm not one to typically be anti-vaccine, but I generally don't go out of my way to get the flu shot. Well, today I went out of my way to get it and I will do the same when H1N1 shot is available in my area.

They're saying that it's "just a flu shot" -- developed and tested in the standard way. Would have been rolled into the regular seasonal flu shot if they had the ability to do so in March when they develop the solution.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'd lean toward getting it, if in the high risk group.

Bix said...

I just looked at CDC's updated FluView graphs (that Matt linked to):

Does anyone *really* know how much of this is from H1N1? Still, it's a lot more flu than usual.

Agree - From what I know, H1N1 vaccine is only different from seasonal vaccine by the virus strain.

Matt said...

I think that it would indeed be pretty early for "standard" flu to start, though there is so much flu around that they've stopped typing it in many cases to avoid taxing the labs. October would be very early for standard flu, signs definitely point toward H1.