Last year, news broadcasts have been reporting: "H1N1 is coming, H1N1 is coming!"
How did the news and the CDC know the Swine Flu alien was coming unless it had already been here. You can't see a virus coming like you could a ten mile wide [remember the movie Independence Day] spaceship hovering over a city.
This leads to a question; Why isn't the medical community better prepared since they knew over a year ago that we were about to be visited?
Now, people are standing in long lines at flu clinics waiting to be vaccinated, just to find out there's no vaccine left. Here is a list of some H1N1 shortages.
Broadcasters are telling people "if you're sick, stay home" or they're reminding people to frequently wash their hands and cover their mouths when they cough. This advice is something my mother and grandmother taught me eons ago when I was a child -- old folks know what they're talking about.
Advice from CNN Health:
- Look up local flu outbreaks.
- Don't panic.
- Stay home.
- Understand risks.
- Get a pneumonia vaccine
- Wash your hands
- Don't stock up on face masks or Tamiflu.
- Get a swine flu vaccine.
- Be prepared
A friend of mine refuses to have her children vaccinated because she found out what was in the vaccine. That's fine, that's her choice. Is this a wrong choice, who's to say, only time will tell.
Some people believe they'll catch the flu from getting the vaccine. Medical Officials say, no, that's not true. Your body, if your immune system is healthy, supposedly builds up immunity.
Question; what about those of us whose immune system isn't healthy? What about people with HIV or Diabetics or people with some other autoimmune disorder, how does/will this affect them?
Doctors especially advise that these people that they should receive vaccinations.
My thoughts: No one really knows how or if the vaccines will work. In my mind, we're all guinea pigs. The Scientific Community will compile the statistics from how many people survive and how many don't, then decide on a success rate.
Importantly, people must understand that medicine is not an exact science, it's scientific-guesstimates -- doing something is better than doing nothing.
Be well, be safe, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home if you're sick!