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Some Say While Severe Swine Flu Exists, Warnings May Be Overblown

Original post made by WHO me?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 29, 2009

Doctors Question WHO's Severe Swine Flu Warning
Some Say While Severe Swine Flu Exists, Warnings May Be Overblown
Aug. 29, 2009 ABC

The World Health Organization warned Friday that doctors around the world are now reporting a severe form of swine flu that goes straight to the lungs of otherwise healthy young people -- but some infectious disease experts said the alarm could be unwarranted.

The WHO update comes in the wake of reports from some countries that as many as 15 percent of patients infected with the new H1N1 pandemic virus require extensive -- and expensive -- hospital care.
"During the winter season in the southern hemisphere, several countries have viewed the need for intensive care as the greatest burden on health services," the report said. "Preparedness measures need to anticipate this increased demand on intensive care units, which could be overwhelmed by a sudden surge in the number of severe cases."
But infectious disease experts from both inside and outside the government say that the phrasing used by WHO raises some questions -- particularly because the existence of such a form of the disease is not a new development.

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Posted by P-Town MoM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Of Concern:

While drug makers prepare a swine flu vaccine in anticipation of a possible outbreak this fall, one of the issues yet to be resolved is whether the shots will contain an adjuvant.

Adjuvants can include various forms of aluminum and are typically used with other vaccines in the United States, including vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). In a flu vaccine, the adjuvant would be a water-oil mixture

By using them in various vaccines, doctors hope to reduce the amount of the vaccine itself that is needed.

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Posted by June
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I have read that because this vaccine is being rushed, many routine vaccine safety precautions have been bypassed.

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Posted by Nurse
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm

You are 100% correct.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

I think that everybody will have to wait until flu season arrives. If people start dropping, then it's way serious. I don't want to be a an experiment for anybody so I'll just and see what happens later in the year.

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