reply to post by kosmicjack
Wow....I have to admit that I hadn't gone back to read my own thread for some time.
So having just read the article you posted, I have to comment. These numbers are staggering! That one study indicated a severe reaction: (I will
quote your posted article)
That one serious reaction might not sound like a lot, but it actually translates into a rate of 395 cases per 100,000 people. That’s more than 50
times the rate of hospitalization due to H1N1 itself: 7.3 per 100,000 Canadians.
That one statement is something that everyone being offered a vaccination needs to know. This is what bothers me the most: people line up for a
vaccine that they are NOT being properly informed of the risks for!!! I work in an ER (certified, not licensed prof), and I am simply amazed that
when I speak to the ER docs/nurses they have NO IDEA what the statistics are. They simply go with the standard belief that the 'flu shot' is
perfectly safe and no big deal. If you actually take the time to read into the studies, however, you find that is simply NOT THE TRUTH.
I realize that many people now consider this whole H1N1 vaccine as 'old news'. But the fact that I just got a message from my children's schools
that they will be offering a free vaccine clinic next week for ALL THE KIDS for the H1N1 has me re-visiting these posts. Especially now that it is
coming out that most of the kids who got the first vaccine (thinking they were now safe) actually needed a second, which most have not gotten
What this equates to, is that all of these kids were put at risk for absolutely no benefit!!!
I will posting info on my facebook and talking
with parents to try and get them to read up on this before having their kids vaccinated. I will not tell them not to do it, but I believe they need
to make an educated decision.
I am still very concerned. Obviously, I am declining the vaccines for my children and it is NOT mandatory. But I KNOW that most of the parents when
presented with this option will make an un-informed decision and just have their kids vaccinated. I fear this whole debacle is NOT over yet. We are
headed into when the flu season normally
peaks (late jan/feb). Here is a current fact sheet from the CDC :
CDC fact sheet
Many things said in this fact sheet are misleading. For instance, they say kids were hardest hit/most at risk while the elderly:
the fall wave of 2009 H1N1 activity (like the spring) was relatively more severe among people younger than 65 than seasonal flu usually is and
relatively less severe among people older than 65 than seasonal flu usually is
This carefully leads the reader to believe that kids were at greater risk of serious illness/death than the elderly without actually saying it. While
younger people were more susceptible
to acquiring H1N1, the elderly were more likely to be hospitalized and die from it!!!!!
I know I read something a month or two ago that had the percentages for infection rate vs hospital/death rate for the age groups. I can't find it
now to back-up what I am saying. Perhaps someone knows where it's at?
To close: I just wanted to remind everyone once again that this is not over. We still need to be diligent in gathering knowledge so we can make
decisions for ourselves and our loved ones.
[edit on 29-1-2010 by westcoast]
[edit on 29-1-2010 by westcoast]