Preparing for Swine Flu’s Return

I didn’t know it went away… Seriously, it’s in the news constantly. They’ve tried to keep the fear and panic alive and well, but at this point, it’s starting to sound a lot like the boy who cried wolf. This will probably turn out like 1976, where the vaccine killed or harmed more people than the actual flu.

From The Washington Post:

As the first influenza pandemic in 41 years has spread during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter over the past few months, the United States and other northern countries have been racing to prepare for a second wave of swine flu virus.

At the same time, international health authorities have become increasingly alarmed about the new virus’s arrival in the poorest, least-prepared parts of the world.

While flu viruses are notoriously capricious, making any firm predictions impossible, a new round could hit the Northern Hemisphere within weeks and lead to major disruptions in schools, workplaces and hospitals, according to U.S. and international health officials.

“The virus is still around and ready to explode,” said William Schaffner, an influenza expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who advises federal health officials. “We’re potentially looking at a very big mess.”

Read the rest:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/09/AR2009080902447_pf.html

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