This guy has funny, sarcastic -- but intelligent insight into the lack of grounding in this Reuters article that's selling the Swine Flu vaccine. Note that the US goverment and various media are doing the PR and sales work of the drug companies that are making the vaccine. What a great addition to the sales and marketing teams of the drug companies! But are they selling something that's going to do good, but first "does no harm?" No, all agencies involved in promoting vaccines state in their full disclosure that acute toxic reactions, like Gullian-Barre Syndrome (very rare), or more subtle side effects (somewhat rare) are possible. The vaccine contains 25 mcg of mercury, a nerve toxin, which EPA says is 2.5 times more than is safe for a 200 pound person, 5 times what is safe for a 100 pound person and 10 times what is safe for a 50 pound person. Will it have a negative effect on you that you'll notice?
He says, "This must be some kind of prank article - do you think any of the vaccine groupies could even smell any of this shit?
I was going to give you a break from all this, Michael, but this is a real hoot - Enjoy!"
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:20pm EDT
By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 5.7 million Americans were infected with the H1N1 virus between April and late July, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, offering the clearest picture yet of how quickly and widely swine flu can spread.
Researchers used computer models to estimate the number of people who have contracted swine flu, which began infecting Americans in April.
They estimated that 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu occurred between April and July 23, sending between 9,000 and 20,000 people to the hospital.
(9-20K - that's quite a spread - so they don't really know how many?? - does this mean all the charts on their website were there all summer to just look cool? So maybe they should just STFU - lol )
About 6 percent of people who were hospitalized with the virus died, the team, led by Carrie Reed at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
(but wait a minute - if they don't really know how many have been hospitalized - how do they know it's 6% ?)
This suggests that as many as 1,300 people died from their infections between April and July.
(suggests - hard to know for sure sometimes if those dead people are really dead - wow - that sounds scientific! Oh no - does this mean the numbers submitted to and posted by the WHO were all wrong ?)
Officially, 1,000 U.S. deaths have been attributed to H1N1 since April.
(okie dokie - so if we are to believe you now, then paying attention to anything "official" is now definitely out - got it!)
Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC said on Thursday the agency does not have an update beyond July 24.
(oh no - what a shame - then what the freak has she been talking about ever since?)
"We do believe many millions of people have already contracted this virus in the United States," Schuchat said.
(and they lived? - unbelievable! ... Tell us Anne - do you believe many millions of people now have natural antibodies to your swine flu? does iraq still has wmd? how about the tooth fairy?)
"It's probably now well more than 20,000 hospitalizations," she said.
(OMG - the count that she doesn't have an update on has just GONE UP after only a few lines of text!)
"Really, the priority is to minimize illness and death."
(Oh Anne - are you sure? Or is this just what you believe?)
Part of the U.S. plan to do that was through widespread vaccinations, but manufacturing delays have stalled those efforts. "We had all hoped to have more vaccine now than we have," Schuchat said.
Earlier government estimates had suggested there would be as many as 40 million vaccine doses available for state and local health authorities to distribute by the end of October.
Schuchat said 24.8 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine are available, 1.6 million more doses than on Wednesday.
The United States has ordered up to 250 million doses of H1N1 vaccine from five companies -- MedImmune, a unit of AstraZeneca,
Sanofi-Aventis, Australia's CSL, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis.
Except for MedImmune, all had problems making vaccine at first and are still struggling to make the virus grow in eggs, the first step to manufacturing influenza vaccine.
Schuchat said state and local health departments have had to adapt their vaccination plans to cope with the delays, and dole out a limited number of doses to people at greatest risk of developing severe disease from H1N1, including people with underlying health conditions and women who are pregnant.
Several studies released at the meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Philadelphiaon Thursday showed that vaccinating pregnant women protected their babies, also.
They said babies were less likely to be premature and were bigger if their mothers were vaccinated against flu. A separate study showed that people who had been taking cholesterol lowering drugs called statins were less likely to die from flu.
(oh - at least some good news - another plug for statins!)
(Michael comments that after statins were shown to cause problems, like decreased production of CoQ10, one of the body's main protective anti-oxidants, and muscle damage that can result in death of delicate kidney tissue, it seems like drug company studies have found dozens of wonderful things statins can do to counter the bad press. I view these new benefits with great skepticism, as possibly just more drug company deceptive PR work.)
(Additional reporting by Maggie Fox in Washington; Editing by Doina Chiacu)