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H1N1 – The Science Does Not Support The Panic

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Panic seems to be spreading faster than the H1N1 (swine) flu. Since the H1N1 strain was identified in late April of last year Egypt proposed killing all the pigs in the country and China was quarantining Mexican nationals without any sign that they might be sick (Mercola, 2009). Just yesterday I received a letter from the school district warning of large outbreaks in schools across the country advising parents to have their child immunized. What the letter doesn’t tell you is that the science doesn’t add up to the panic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publicly asserts that 36,000 Americans die every year from the flu. However, the CDC’s own official records show that only a few hundred (in the U.S.) die from influenza on an average year. This is where the scientific data seems to be misleading. (CDC, 2010)
A New York Times report (23 Nov 2004) further explains: “Another reason for these skewed figures is that the system for obtaining this death toll number is complex, imprecise and anonymous. In fact, in 2002, city health officials estimated there were roughly 2,500 deaths in New York caused by the flu virus. The actual number of deaths … Read the rest