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Mild Swine Flu & Over-Hyped Vaccine

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published September 29, 2009 in Infectious Diseases & Vaccines


Every day Americans wake up to news reports that warn us about the dangers of influenza, especially the new H1N1 “swine flu” and the need to roll up our sleeves and get vaccinated. We are witnessing a roll-out of the largest, most expensive mass vaccination campaign in the history of our nation. A rollout that is bigger than even the polio vaccine campaigns of the 1950's.

How much do you know about the disease or vaccine risks so you can make an informed decision about whether to get flu shots for yourself or your children?1

H1N1 “Swine Flu” Mild

First, the good news is that swine flu is mild for most people and the virus is not mutating into a more serious form. 2 By the end of September, there had been about 600 deaths in America including about 50 deaths in young children. Complications from infectious diseases like influenza are more common in people with heart, respiratory and other health problems and that is true for swine flu. 2

Limited Testing of Swine Flu Vaccines

Swine flu vaccines have been tested on only a few thousand healthy Americans for a few weeks. 3 There is little or no information about how safe the vaccine is for pregnant women and chronically ill or disabled children because only a handfull were part of the testing. Nobody will know how safe the vaccine really is until it is given to millions of Americans this year and next year.

Drive-By Flu Shots Risky

Swine flu vaccine is not just being given to children and adults in clinics and doctors offices but also in non-medical settings like pharmacies, stores, schools and even at drive-by kiosks. 4 5 Getting vaccinated in a non-medical setting can be risky. Driving a car immediately after getting vaccinated, when you could suffer an unexpected a shock collapse reaction can be deadly.

No Compensation For Swine Flu Victims

If you or your child are injured from getting a flu swine flu shot, you are on your own. Because Congress shielded the vaccine manufacturers and any person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people get hurt. 6 There is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine flu vaccine.

Swine Flu Reactions: “It’s a Coincidence”

But even if there was a funded vaccine injury compensation program - like the one that had to be created by the federal government in 1976 after that year's swine flu vaccine paralyzed about 500 Americans and killed 25, there is little chance you would be compensated if you or your child does become vaccine injured.

Federal health officials are already pre-emptively warning Americans that most of the deaths and cases of brain inflammation, seizures, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, strokes, heart attacks, miscarriages and other serious health problems that develop after swine flu vaccination will be considered a “coincidence” and not related in any way to the flu shots just given.7 8

Prevent Vaccine Injuries

This makes it even more important for Americans to become informed health care consumers. If you choose to get vaccinated and you or your child do suffer a health complication, insist that the health care worker who gave the shot immediately files a report with the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. 9 If the person who gave the flu shot won't file a vaccine reaction report, you can file it yourself.

Do NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure. The most tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are dismissed as a 'coincidence" and more vaccines are given that result in more severe symptoms and sometimes end with permanent brain and immune system damage or death.

Thimerosal in Multi-Dose Vials

Injectable flu shots in multi-dose vials contain the mercury preservative, thimerosal, and some come in single dose vials and do not contain mercury. If you get vaccinated, make sure you know what is in the vaccine you are getting because people can be very allergic to different components of vaccines. And some people can't get the live virus flu vaccine.

FOUR Flu Shots for Young Children?

Doctors are telling some children under 10 years old to get 3 to 4 flu shots this year - 2 shots for seasonal flu and one or two more for swine flu. 10 11 We have never given young children 3 to 4 flu shots in a single year and there is no information about how safe it is to do that.

Government Spend Billions On H1N1 Vaccine Program

Swine flu shots are free for most Americans because the government has given $1 billion dollars to pharmaceutical companies to create the new swine flu vaccines and has given another $5 billion dollars to state and federal health agencies to promote and deliver the influenza vaccines to people. 12 That is a lot of money. The push to get vaccinated is like nothing we have ever seen before.

Most People Recover From Swine Flu

The fact is: Millions of people around the world have recovered from swine flu and millions more will get sick with fevers, body aches, nasal congestion, cough and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting and recover from it this year and next year without any complications.

People who recover from influenza, including swine flu, get long lasting protection from the flu strain they recovered from. Actually, most people over 60 won't get swine flu this year because they recovered from influenza caused by a similar swine flu strain in the past and still have protective antibodies. 13

Just the Facts, Not the Hype

So, here are the facts: 

  • The new swine influenza is mild for most people even though a small number have developed complications and died.
  • The swine flu vaccine has been tested for only a few weeks on a few thousand healthy children and adults, including very few pregnant women. We don't know how safe it really is for pregnant women or children and adults with chronic illness even though they are being specially targeted for vaccination by government health officials.
  • There is very little information about how safe it is to give swine flu vaccine with other vaccines, including seasonal influenza vaccine.
  • There is very little information about whether the swine flu shot will keep you from getting swine flu.

All Vaccines Come With Side Effects: Weigh Risks

All pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, come with side effects. The risk of having a vaccine reaction depends upon the vaccine you are getting; your personal and family medical history; whether you are sick or healthy at the time of vaccination; whether you are taking other medications; and whether you have reacted to vaccines before.

If you decide you or your children are going to get swine flu shots this year, you can learn more by visiting www.NVIC.org.

If Your Child’s School Has Vaccine Clinics

And if you have a child, whose school is going to be holding vaccine clinics and you do NOT want your child to get vaccinated in school, you can take the following actions:

Number One: Write a letter to the school principal stating you do not want your child vaccinated in school without your written consent.

Number Two: Ask to be notified in advance exactly when the in-school vaccine clinics will be held.

Support NVIC, Get Red “NO VACCINE FOR ME” Bracelets

Number Three: Support NVIC and raise awareness in your community by giving your child a red NO VACCINE FOR ME bracelet to wear to school. And wear one yourself.

Go to www.NVIC.org to donate and learn more about how to be prepared for the pandemic public health emergency that has been declared in your state. Learn about the public health laws that govern you. 14 Learn about how you can change them by becoming a citizen activist.

Health Workers Being Forced To Get H1N1 Vaccine

Right now, the government says that the swine flu vaccination program is voluntary. That nobody will be forced to get vaccinated. However, health care workers in New York and other states ARE being forced by law to get swine flu shots this year. 15 16

Will that be true for all of us next year? 17

Stand Up For Your Informed Consent Rights

Please join NVIC and become a grassroots vaccine safety and informed consent advocate in your community. Stand up for the human right to make informed, voluntary health care choices, including vaccine choices, today - so your children and grandchildren and all Americans will have that right tomorrow.

1 Fox News 5-TV (Washington, D.C.). The Morning Show. Sept. 29, 2009.
 
 
2 Reinberg, S. HealthDay, Sept. 25, 2009. Swine flu virus not mutating, making vaccines a good match.
 
 
 
4 Fitzpatrick L. Time Magazine. Drive-By Flu Shots. Nov. 13, 2008/
 
5 Chain Store Age. $10 off flu shots for Shop & Stop Cardholders
 
 
6 Scientific American. October 2009. Swine Flu Vaccine: Too Little, Too Late.
 
7 Neerguard L. Associated Press. Sept. 27, 2009. Intense tracking for swine flu shot’s side effects.
 
8 McNeil DG. New York Times. Sept. 27, 2009. Don’t Blame Flu Shots for All Ills, Officials Say.
 
9 Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) Reporting Form.
 
10 Shute N. US News & World Report. Sept. 10, 2009. 4 Vaccine Doses for Kids This Fall - But Where and When?
 
11 Fox, M. Reuters. Sept. 21, 2009. Young children need two doses of H1N1 – US
 
12 MSNBC.. July 23, 2009. Swine flu shots could begin this fall.
 
13 Brown, D. May 22, 2009. Study Detects Flu Immunity in Older People. Sept. 21, 2009.
 
14 National Vaccine Information Center. H1N1 Swine Flu Facts.
 
15 Stein, R., Washington Post. Sept. 26, 2009. Flu Shots Hit Resistance. Sept. 26, 2009.
 
 
17 CNN. Lou Dobbs Tonight. Forced Vaccinations. Sept. 29, 2009.

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28 Responses to "Mild Swine Flu & Over-Hyped Vaccine"
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TTMYGH
Posted: 9/30/2009 12:15:42 PM
Will the current swine flu vaccine protect you against mutated H1N1 strains? Has the current swine flu vaccine undergone the same testing as the regular flu vaccines? Has it been 'fast tracted'? Does the swine flu vaccine use new(er) or different technologies to produce it than the regular flu vaccines? Does the swine flu vaccine contain more adjuvants than the regular flu vaccine? Can the swine flu vaccine contain either active or unactive 'wild' viruses from the host used to create the vaccine? How effective is the swine flu vaccine?
Commenter Name
TTMYGH
Posted: 9/30/2009 12:54:45 PM
Will the current swine flu vaccine protect you against mutated H1N1 strains? Has the current swine flu vaccine undergone the same testing as the regular flu vaccines? Has it been 'fast tracted'? Does the swine flu vaccine use new(er) or different technologies to produce it than the regular flu vaccines? Does the swine flu vaccine contain more adjuvants than the regular flu vaccine? Can the swine flu vaccine contain either active or unactive 'wild' viruses from the host used to create the vaccine? How effective is the swine flu vaccine?
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Jannie Linney
Posted: 10/2/2009 8:08:45 AM
I do not want the Government to ever have the right to tell me I have to get a shot or anything else that pertains to my personal body or my personal buisness. If a pregnat womans body is her business and she can abort what she does not want in it. Then I have the right to say and keep out of my body what I don't want in it.
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travis marc taylor
Posted: 10/2/2009 3:47:49 PM
the best cure for a flu is common sense. proper pre-exposure care such as healthy diet, and cleanliness habits like hand and face washing a few times a day. after exposure, just lots of natural fluids and avoid the usage of antibiotics unless you end up in bed with a sever fever.
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Marisela
Posted: 10/12/2009 6:41:27 PM
The swine flu is survivable and even mild. The vaccine is untested filled with things like squalene. Pharmaceutical companies stand to make a killing off this harmful vaccine. So, no wonder Talks of mandatory vaccinations continue. No one held liable for vaccine health disasters. How stupid does MSM, WHO, and CDC think we are?
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Marty Yu
Posted: 10/13/2009 7:56:42 PM
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, unvaccinated pregnant women are 9x likely to die from the 2009 H1N1 than those who are vaccinated. The H1N1 vaccine is made by the same tried and true method the seasonal vaccine is made every year. While the vaccine doesn't require FDA testing, it has been studied. In China, of the first 39,000 Chinese to received the H1N1 vaccine, only four had side effects, including muscle cramps and headaches. While I feel for those who have experienced pain and loss due to complications from vaccination, the risks are far outweighed by the number of deaths that could be prevented through vaccination. A family member died this year due to influenza. She had not received a flu shot. Get the facts: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/health/10primer.html
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Rachel
Posted: 10/13/2009 8:16:59 PM
This is a farce, and I am appalled at the government's stance on the H1N1 flu shot program. I nor my children will be getting this shot, and today I sat stunned when my step-daughter who is three months pregnant marched out of her O.B. appointment and said that she'd been told she had to have the H1N1 flu shot!! The vaccine hasn't been adequately tested on anyone, including pregnant women! God help her and us.
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Jason Shrock
Posted: 10/14/2009 8:51:54 PM
With one young toddler and an infant, I am concerned about this vaccine and I appreciate the information in this article. Thank you.
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Dr Michael Petroski
Posted: 10/15/2009 5:50:07 PM
Chiropratic spinal adjustments have been proven to help the body improve or boost immune functions. Get your spine checked for vertebral subluxations regularly. Swine flu vaccine as with any other vaccine does not guarantee immunity. Is it worth the risk? I will not get the shot.
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amya
Posted: 10/15/2009 11:25:32 PM
Many of your "facts" are not at all facts, but opinion and speculation. Some of them just simply untrue. Where is you data and facts?
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Edith
Posted: 10/16/2009 9:45:12 AM
I've just learned of this very impressive & informative website & have spent the last two hours reading all that I could. I applaud the wonderful work you have done & I will do my part to support it. I am an RN working within a large hospital system on Long Is, New York & as you're all aware we are mandated to take the regular & H1N1 vaccines. I've been approached several times on my unit to take my shots, have been told that if I do not take it I will be placed on a "furlough" & the deadlines by when we must take the vaccines are fast approaching.Firstly, I feel outraged that my freedom of choice is being taken away! Secondly, I have been a dedicated nurse (as many others)& so I feel a sense of betrayal. I especially feel for the young pregnant nurses who are feeling torn,afraid that they may be harming their unborn babies. There are other ways to protect our patients' health without compromising the health of our health care workers!
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Renee
Posted: 10/21/2009 8:42:23 AM
In studying vaccines in the medical college the main reason for vaccines is so the body will make an "Immino -Goblin & Immino- Memory," but this is not always the case and what is put in the vaccine is not always safe either. Now in a Natural Health college, I've learned if people just take care of themselves, eat healthy and feed their children healthy foods,wash their hands often and teach children good habits. etc. As well as dinking probiotic drinks, which can also help to keep the immune system up...you really do not need to do any thing else. This is BIG BUSINESS for the Drug companies, Doctors and Government. This is the reason for it being reported everyday...to get you to get vaccinated for them to make more money!
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Sam
Posted: 10/22/2009 11:21:50 PM
We can see that the "corporate greed" for profits (without any limit!) has steadily risen in the past 20-30 yrs. The corporate greed (in quotation marks) is also an invented (a phantom), deliberately made nameless and faceless by the top corporate management team and lawyers, acting as a shield against exposing the truth. Unfortunately, now it seems even the scientists in government institutions is openly go along in supporting and/or nurturing the corporate greed motivations. So, activism for truth and to do good, honest, and unbiased science gets easily muted or at least render it with enough controversy, even when it is simple and clear! I do not quite understand why CDC, FDA, government institutions can not encourage healthy practices of safe and immunity boosting natural/food, etc. The reason can only be one thing - boosting corporate bottom line. Today, the corporate lawyers and management of pharmaceuticals are more than ever busy, in crafting such controversies, if not outright fudging the research, to justify and cover their greed. Thank you for your efforts to expose the truth.
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nurse
Posted: 10/22/2009 11:29:47 PM
I'm a nurse, and will not be getting the vaccine for many reasons. If they insist as a condition of my employment, I will request my walking papers with a reason, in writing, for my dismissal. Then I will contact an attorney. They are going to make the nursing shortage much worse than it is now. I, and many others, will not return to nursing if we leave. There are other ways to make a living.
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Carla
Posted: 10/23/2009 5:42:06 PM
I would just like to say that my daughter (who was a preemie, doesn't have two WHOLE lungs, and not the best of immune systems)got the H1N1 flu last week. She had very mild symptoms: a cough that lasted a week and a fever that lasted a day and a half. She is completly recovered with no lasting effects. The rest of the family did NOT catch it from her (dispite her best efforts of not covering her mouth every time she coughed). I think that people are only hearing about the most severe cases in the news and do not hear about the majority of people that are experiencing very mild cases.
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Amy
Posted: 10/26/2009 10:19:14 PM
I have an 11month old son and this scares me. I have read both the CDC publications that reiterate the safety and integrity of the H1N1 vaccination and I have read multiple European and out of the US reports that show...that they are NOT safe. Most vaccine manufacturers have removed thermasil from everyday vaccines. My son's pediatrician has said they no longer use them in MMR and other vaccinations. I was the pain in the but that asked. Now the govt has allowed certain lots of flu vaccination that are expired to be used and have used thermasil in active multi doses of H1N1. How is that supposed to make me feel as a mother? Mercury, expired meds, a small clinical trial and the light of my life...staring nervously at the end of a needle. Will I be taking away his chance at a normal childhood because of overhyped hysterics because I let the media scare the crap out of me? Right now I choose not to vaccinate with H1N1. There is not enough research to support the "benefits outweigh the risks". The "risks" wont be felt by the CDC. They will be felt by ever child who gets a severe reaction to the drug, every parent who cries themselves to sleep at night, wondering if they could have made a different decision. No one knows anything 100%, but I am more afraid of the "cure" than the pandemic. On a side note..In april 2009 my parents traveled to Brazil. Upon returning my mother had a severe flu. Within two weeks my son , who was then 5 months old came down with a cold. He had fevers and projectile vomiting, irritability..etc...etc.. He was at risk for H1N1. What did Kaiser hospital do? Checked his temperature and said it was reflux. Never did they do ONE blood test on my Mother or my Son. He recovered on his own.... and they charged us over $400.00 US for the visit. If it was such a risk why such a passe attitude? My trust in the CDC is not so high and I just don't think there are enough facts to say yes to H1N1.. what do you think?
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Alastair Carnegie
Posted: 10/28/2009 7:26:22 AM
Paul Offit, the multi-millionair inventoer of an oral rotavirus vaccine, has stated in public, that it is safe to give a child ten thousand vaccines a day, up to 100,000 vaccines in total. This ridiculous statement from one of the main proponents of vaccination, illustrates a pathological 'blind-faith', bordering on the psychotic. These people are so utterly convinced that vaccination is safe and effective, they simply won't examine contadictory evidence. It has been said of contempoary science, that it's greatest flaw, is an inability to distinguish between 'fact' and 'theory'. The two are NOT the same.
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Betty
Posted: 10/28/2009 10:39:14 AM
I think all of the hype about not getting vaccinated is just that. There are potential reactions to any drugs that you take. I think that people use scare tatics on either side of things are playing with peoples lives. I know for myself who has respitory issues for me not to get vaccinated would not be using wisdom. I just think some people need to keep their opinions to themselves and let people do what they see is right for them. For every mile of road there is two miles of ditch.
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JD Abbott
Posted: 10/30/2009 12:25:54 AM
While I too am concerned about the use of vaccines and the apparent lack of significant trials of the current H1N1 vaccine in particular, I find this story to be another 'agenda'. The citations are not from peer reviewed studies, they are just news reports that have been used as if they represented expert opinions and hard facts. If the goal is to raise awareness, please include real sources, i.e. peer reviewed studies. I will have to keep searching for reliable information.
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christy
Posted: 10/31/2009 10:10:04 AM
I work in a small town hospital at the front desk. I did not get the h1n1 shot when offered to me, nor did I get the flu vac shot. I was (still am )a cna I worked in a nurseing home for seven years, never got the flu I might get a cold but never got the flu. I was told that next year it will be mandatory for the h1n1, which upsets me to no end. I don't think anyone should be forceing me to put something in my body that I do not want!!! I hope that all of us health care workers can ban together and turn this around before it becomes mandatory for the flu shot,h1n1 shot and what ever else comes around.
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Wendy
Posted: 11/3/2009 10:15:09 AM
Soooo...if the government gave millions to the pharmaceuticals to make the vaccine how do they get more money if we go get it? The money has already been given to them no? You can get the shot for free so how do they make money? Alot of good info is being revealed but I think we need more info on how exactly pharmacueticals make money specifically. Starting with doctors and how they get finanially compensated (if at all)for writing certain prescriptions or dispensing vaccinations going all the way to the pharmaceutical company.
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adam
Posted: 11/5/2009 10:52:08 AM
I am a medical student working on the pediatrics floor of a general hospital in pennsylvania, and our floor is overflowing with kids with H1N1 and pneumonia secondary to H1N1. I think it is foolish to measure the severity of this virus solely by deaths. Just because you spend 3 weeks in the hospital fighting off a secondary infection and emerge alive does not mean that you didn't need the vaccine. As for the safety of the vaccine, it was not "fast-tracked" it took just as long as the regular flu vaccine to come out, it followed the same timeline and that is why it took so long to arrive. It does not contain squalene. If it did, we would have more doses because less vaccine is needed when squalene is added. It is safely used in europe in vaccines there, and has been for a while. I feel that this epidemic and the information we gather from those who are vaccinated and those who are not will give us some hard numbers as to how well vaccines can protect us. I expect that far more people will die from the H1N1 than the H1N1 shot, and that the adverse events from the shot will be milder than those from the infection.
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TB
Posted: 11/5/2009 3:49:42 PM
As a pediatric intensivist, I have the unique perspective of having seen several children from my area die of H1N1, both completely healthy and with severe medical problems. The hype about the vaccine, as so many have said, is just hype. It would be ideal, of course, to have years of testing on children, pregnant women, etc. This week alone, howerver, 22 children died of H1N1. How many more would die if the vaccine was withheld. Luckily, most cases of flu are mild, and will resolve on their own without incident, just like most cases of polio didn't cause paralysis and most people who wear their seatbelt won't get in a car wreck today. But you never know who will get sick and die. The H1N1 vaccine is made just like ever other flu shot, which have a very good safety record, and of course there is an aggressive, highly advertised system in place, the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). Practitioners are told to report all illness after a vaccine, even if it does not appear to be related to the vaccine. I still am unclear how this is a scheme by pharmaceuticals/vaccine makers/the government, when the shots are already paid for, and given to anyone who asks for free. It seems the best thing for vaccine makers is for the shots to be paid for and unused, thereby eliminating the risk of adverse events and bad press. I, my 2-year-old daughter, and my pregnant wife, have all gotten the shot, and I recommend anyone who is not allergic to do the same. Even a mild case of the flu is no fun.
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Quiche
Posted: 1/3/2010 12:26:58 PM
Interesting comments! Thanks!
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Computer Consulting New York
Posted: 3/7/2010 5:43:29 PM
This was totally blown out of proportion. So many more people get sick from so many other things, and there are so many different strains of the flu, that the shot is virtually worthless, as it only protects against that specific strain.
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MAC REPAIR NYC, New York
Posted: 4/7/2010 5:21:36 PM
I agree with Adam, that it is wrong to measure the severity by the number of deaths. As someone in the board of education, I see the number of days our students are out, and it is way out of the norm of other years. Employee sick days is also a good way to estimate.
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Sarah Robins
Posted: 4/8/2010 9:06:36 PM
Just because a few people will get sick is no reason to immunize the whole country. There are thousands of strains of the flu, and the government cannot do it for all of them.
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CAT 5e Cabling Guy
Posted: 6/10/2010 4:59:08 PM
WHy has there not been another outbreak if this is such a big deal? Maybe a different strain, or something like that?
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