posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 10:03 AM
I was wondering if it may be a good idea to intentionally go out and get swine flu. It seems apparent to me that this strain of H1N1 influenza is
quite mild, and easily treated. In the UK there have been no deaths not involving underlying health problems.
Most scientists agree that we will see a surge of swine flu cases on the way(BBC)
German authorites warn of swine flu mutation risks(reuters)
. So we can assume it's
going to come back bigger and nastier eventually.
So, Should Swine Flu be allowed to spread?
This is an interesting question – would it be better to allow a first wave of swine flu infection spread in order to build immunity to a more
deadly strain should the virus mutate?
The question is prompted by groundbreaking research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. The research
suggests that it may be better to allow a first wave of swine flu infection in order to prevent deaths on a mass scale especially if the swine flu
virus mutates in a similar process to the flu pandemic of 1918.
The research found that people who were initially infected by a mild form of the Spanish flu virus were better inoculated against the deadly strain
that soon emerged to kill 40 million people worldwide. The death rate amongst this group was approximately 70 per cent lower.
This could well be a good idea as the CDC said older adults may have some immunity
to swine flu
(MedlinePlus) since it is supposedly related to a strain seen in 1957.
"The further back you go in time, the more likely you are to have been exposed to H1N1 virus back before 1957, and there is a possibility that
having exposure to that virus many years ago may allow you to have some [antibody] reaction to the new H1N1 that's now circulating," Dr. Daniel
Jernigan, deputy director of CDC's Influenza Division, said during a teleconference.
It's a little like of mothers sending their kids round to play with friends with measles or mumps. So that their kids get it when young rather than
when grown up(as it is more dangerous then), so is this a viable option?
This idea may have been explored on the Swine Flu news and update thread
but it's 476
I really don't know if I would go out and get the current swine flu on purpose so that I have some immunity to it. It seems a good idea on paper, but
What do you think?
[edit on 25-6-2009 by kiwifoot]