Swine flu roots traced to Spanish flu
An old article at CBC's website discussing the similarities between the various strains.
Its interesting to note that the Spanish Flu pandemic coincides with soldier returning home from WW1.
There was a mass PR vaccination campaign underway during the summer of 1918. The population of the allied nations were vaccinated to protect
themselves from the diseases the troops would bring home from the trenches.
CBC estimates 25 million people died from the Spanish Flu.. My take on our current global "hypeflu", is that someone is capitalizing on a seasonal
phenomenon (the flu) and manipulating the public's perception to accept a vaccine where one normally wouldn't.
The vaccinated will spread the disease( the real one now, not the seasonal flu that everyone had) at a rate of .5 - 1.6% (CDC website).
I would say that the real sickness will be seen in a couple months once the "real swine flu" gets its legs up and running..
Just a side note, they are not testing anyone in Ontario.. Everyone that has even a sniffle is being told its swine flu.. I assume that standard
operating procedure everywhere...