reply to post by dreamseeker
Of course there will be a third wave, if indeed you can call them "waves". The flu season extends til April, so we will see more ill, especially as
the weather turns colder and more humid. Remember, socially we are more crowded than last year, and the crowding will get worse, along with the base
health status, due to the economy continuing to worsen for workers.
Some people seem to view the flu season as coming with a preset limit or some sort of bag limit for the virus. "We get x number of people sick per
year, and have already had x + n, so therefore we must have passed the peak and are on the decline now" seems to be the reasoning.
The worst is yet to come.
The virus is mutating towards lethality, and the Chinese have warned that H5N1 is endemic in China, enough to concern them it will mix with A/H1N1
soon. That would be a disater beyond comprehension. It already has easy transmissibility, and if it hooks up with H5N1's lethality (80-100%)...I
don't want to think about that scenario. The only thing close occurred just after contact with Europeans, when their diseases annihilated at least
90% of the populations in North and South America.
Because it is mutating so fast, current vaccines are most likely useless against it and can't be developed in time to make much difference. So, even
without side effect issues, I can't recommend getting them: flip a coin and take your chances.
But don't make the mistake of thinking this is over yet, because it isn't.
It's barely begun yet.
[edit on 2-12-2009 by apacheman]