posted on Feb, 4 2009 @ 09:54 PM
I don't want to be "flamed" here.. just thought that I would post the answer to your question. The "flu" in question is the H5N1 Avian (Bird)
Flu that they are talking about. The virus, up to this point, hasn't really made the jump to humans... and it might not. Therefore, we don't have
a vaccine for it.
The concern is that this type of flu is very similar to the flu that caused the flu pandemic of 1918.
Flu Pandemic of 1918
I have seen some pandemic emergency response plans... they have some extreme measures that include sending everyone over the age of 40 home to die.
This would occur if the flu infected the estimated 20 million individuals that some studies claim. The hospital system would be overwhelmed, and it
susposedly was determined that individuals aged 40 and older would have a far smaller chance of surviving the influenza than those younger.
Consequently, they would not recieive the limited ventilators and medications that could be used to save younger people.
Gives you something to think about .... I hope that H5N1 never mutates. It would be a disaster.