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    Gah. The US is now redirecting $1 billion for Swine flu vaccinations.

    Seriously, wtf.

    The regular flu kills more people. :facepalm:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Gah. The US is now redirecting $1 billion for Swine flu vaccinations.

    Seriously, wtf.

    The regular flu kills more people. :facepalm:
    They're afraid that the virus will mutate, as many have done in the past, and come back very deadly in the fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    The regular flu kills more people. :facepalm:
    Wait till it 30-60 million people are getting infected with it each year, then say that... Although the exponential infection rate is slowing, containment has mostly failed. I need to know the context of the money being spent. We already have flu vaccinations... if they are ineffective against this strain (and all subsequent mutations), it most likely means they want to update the vaccinations to cover the strain before it comes back during flu season next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    They're afraid that the virus will mutate, as many have done in the past, and come back very deadly in the fall.
    If it mutates, the vaccines won't work.
    What, they're going to globally stop the virus before it has a chance to mutate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Wait till it 30-60 million people are getting infected with it each year, then say that...
    How is this different from the flu we already deal with?

    Read this before you get a flu shot - CNN.com

    The flu kills. Each year nearly 40,000 people in the United States die from flu complications like pneumonia and heart failure. And more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to flu. The people at highest risk have lowered defenses: children ages 6 months to 5 years, pregnant women, people older than 50, and anyone with a chronic condition like asthma, diabetes, and heart or blood disorders.
    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    Although the exponential infection rate is slowing, containment has mostly failed. I need to know the context of the money being spent. We already have flu vaccinations... if they are ineffective against this strain (and all subsequent mutations), it most likely means they want to update the vaccinations to cover the strain before it comes back during flu season next year.
    That isn't different from what normally goes on:

    Most Flu Bugs Don't Match Flu Vaccine

    Flu shot does not reduce risk of death

    It's not that new a virus according to some researchers:

    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...years-ago.html

    Swine flu genes circulated undetected for years - Yahoo! News

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    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    How is this different from the flu we already deal with?
    I dunno... you'll have to let me know what you thought I was saying, since I don't know what you are asking here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blank View Post
    Gah. The US is now redirecting $1 billion for Swine flu vaccinations.

    Seriously, wtf.

    The regular flu kills more people. :facepalm:
    Exactly. Everyone is too panicky.

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    The US has a reputation for over reacting. When something remotely dangerous comes near its borders, it freaks out. Has anyone ever bothered to think that the higher death rate in Mexico is perhaps mostly due to poorer health standards? According to reported cases in Mexico, the current death toll is 212 out of a 5234 confirmed cases. That's a death toll rate of a mere 4%. Now in the US, there have been 9 deaths out of 7751 confirmed cases thereby decreasing the death toll to around .1%. The swine flu is not a super killer.

    By the way, the Swine Flu tracker moved here: FluTracker - H1N1 Swine Flu and Influenza Outbreak Tracking from Rhiza Labs
    We should be more concerned that Google was unable to use its god-like powers to track the Swine Flu. Once Google fails, the world fails.
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    And most of the deaths in the United States were of people who were either young, old, or they died because they had other complications.

    My aunt is hilarious really; she thought she had the swine flu because she hugged someone who went to Mexico. She's also the one in our family who claims she gets sun poisoning every time it's too sunny outside. A real character, she is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaula View Post
    That's a death toll rate of a mere 4%.
    Mere, eh? Heh.

    Anyway, the lethality is approaching the normal rate of known flu strains.

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