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« Reply #480 on: December 22, 2009, 04:02:49 PM »

Then there is always the third strategy, flushing excess and expired H1N1 vaccines down the drain.  After all the hype, all the billions of dollars spent and all the fear mongering, a huge portion of these drugs are unfortunatly going to be disposed by essentially being flushed down the toilet, because that’s how hospitals, pharmacies and even drug makers get rid of excess and expired pharmaceuticals.

In actuality many pharmaceuticals are disposed of in the public sewer systems each and every year. But eventually the sewage of one city turns into the drinking water of the next city downstream. Although all sewage is treated to EPA standards before being sent back into nature this does not keep our drinking water clear of all traces of these foreign chemicals.

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« Reply #481 on: December 22, 2009, 08:09:02 PM »

What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older:
December 22, 2009 11:00 AM ET

Actions To Take This Flu Season
1. Get Your Seasonal & 2009 H1N1 Flu Shot

The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine.
People 65 years and older are recommended for annual seasonal flu vaccination. People 65 and older who have not yet gotten a seasonal flu vaccine should still seek vaccination, although supplies of seasonal flu vaccine are limited because of early availability of, and high interest in, seasonal flu vaccine this year.

People 65 years and older are now encouraged to seek vaccination against 2009 H1N1 vaccine if local supply is sufficient. Supplies of the vaccines to protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus are increasing and many places have opened up vaccination to anyone who wants it. This vaccine is the best way to protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus. Those who have been patiently waiting to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, including people 65 years and older, are now encouraged to get vaccinated depending on local supply.

2. Take Everyday Preventive Actions including covering coughs, washing hands often and avoiding people who are sick.

3. Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms to see whether you might need medical evaluation or possibly treatment with antiviral medications. People 65 and older are prioritized to get antiviral drugs if they become sick with the flu according to CDC’s guidance. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, including 2009 H1N1, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

People 65 Years and Older and Seasonal Flu
It has been recognized for many years that older people are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults. It’s estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age. So influenza can be a very serious disease for people 65 and older.

People 65 Years and Older and 2009 H1N1 Flu
The new 2009 H1N1 virus does not seem to be affecting people 65 years and older in the same way that seasonal flu usually does. Most people who have gotten sick from this new virus have been younger. People 65 and older are less likely to get infected with this new virus. There have been relatively few infections and even fewer cases of serious illness and death with this new virus in people older than 65. Laboratory tests on blood samples indicate that some older people likely have some pre-existing immunity to the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. But while people 65 and older are less likely to be infected with 2009 H1N1 flu, those that do become infected are at greater risk of having serious complications from their illness and there have been severe infections and deaths in every age group, including older people. Some outbreaks among older people living in long-term care facilities also have been reported. People 65 years and older are now encouraged to seek vaccination against 2009 H1N1. Influenza is unpredictable, but flu is expected to continue for months, caused by either 2009 H1N1 viruses or regular seasonal flu viruses. This vaccine is the best way to protect against the 2009 H1N1 pandemic virus.

Flu Vaccination
Seasonal Flu Vaccine

People 65 and older are recommended to get seasonal flu vaccine this year, as always.

2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine
The U.S. government has purchased 250 million doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, so anyone who wants to get the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so. While people 65 and older were not included in the groups recommended to get the earliest doses of vaccine, they are encouraged to seek vaccination now that vaccine supplies are increasing and many places have opened up vaccination to anyone who wants it.

The U.S. government has purchased 250 million doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine, so anyone who wants to get the vaccine will have the opportunity to do so. While people 65 and older are not included in the groups recommended to get the earliest doses of vaccine, they can get the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine as soon as the high risk and younger groups have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Related Links
Prevention Of Pneumococcal Infections Secondary To Seasonal And 2009 H1N1 Influenza
WebMD Article: Do People 65 and Older Need the H1N1 Vaccine?
People Age 65 Years and Older and Antiviral Drugs
Influenza antiviral drugs are prescription drugs (pills, liquid, or inhaled powder) that can treat flu illness. These drugs decrease the ability of flu viruses to reproduce in the body. While getting a flu vaccine each year is the first and most important step in preventing the flu, antiviral drugs are a second line of defense against the flu for treatment.

It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu illness in people 65 and older who are very sick (for example people who are in the hospital) and people who are sick with flu and who also have a greater chance of getting serious flu complications.

Although they are less likely to be infected with 2009 H1N1 flu, people age 65 and older are at higher risk for influenza related complications. Therefore, they are prioritized for antiviral treatment if they get sick with either seasonal or 2009 H1N1 flu this season.

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« Reply #482 on: December 22, 2009, 08:12:20 PM »

Comparing deaths from pandemic and seasonal influenza
Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 briefing note 20

22 DECEMBER 2009 | GENEVA -- Efforts to assess the severity of the H1N1 influenza pandemic sometimes compare numbers of confirmed deaths with those estimated for seasonal influenza, either nationally or worldwide. Such comparisons are not reliable for several reasons and can be misleading.

Numbers of deaths for seasonal influenza are estimates. They use statistical models designed to calculate so-called excess mortality that occurs during the period when influenza viruses are circulating widely in a given population.

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« Reply #483 on: December 22, 2009, 09:10:17 PM »

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Large majority are not vaccinated against A/H1N1

December 22, 2009, 13:40 (GMT -04:00)

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ORANGE CITY - So far 3076 people have been vaccinated against the virus A/H1N1. According to Dr Wilmer Salazar Department of Health is a majority of the risk not vaccinated against the flu Mexican.

The total rise of the puncture posts as follows: EPB Hato (1000), EPB San Nicolas (744), Centro Kibrahacha (709) and the Health Service Executive itself (623). The emergence of other bodies which were also vaccinated, including the hospital, the White Yellow Cross and Youth Health Care (JGZ), are not known. Aruba has been in vaccines for 35,000 people from the Netherlands. The rise is also heavily against, says Salazar. He says that the second round of vaccination as well to begin January 6. "These are called a booster." Salazar explains that the European vaccine protects 90 percent. The booster in the second round is given, he is the remaining 10 percent needed to "supplement", so the risk is fully protected. In the United States is also another vaccine, that only 40 percent to protect against the virus, says the doctor. "The reason that America is this vaccine is probably because they have a contract before the new vaccine which protects 90 percent, came out."

What happened in Aruba with the remaining vaccine will happen remains to be decided. Under Salazar probably be sent back to the Netherlands. But that is a decision that the Minister of Health and Sport, Richard Visser (AVP), must take the doctor said. The forecasts for 2010 are positive, according to Salazar. "If everyone, especially people who are under risk, vaccination is still late, then the less likely the virus from spreading and remains a seasonal flu. Hopefully in the second round in early January that more people be vaccinated. "A third round of vaccination, according to Health is not in, so those who in January for the first go get a shot, than 90 percent protected.

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« Reply #484 on: December 23, 2009, 10:08:46 PM »

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N.C. pigs test positive for swine flu



N.C. pigs test positive for swine flu

Posted: Today at 1:47 p.m.
Updated: Today at 6:38 p.m.

Raleigh, N.C. — Pigs from two North Carolina farms have tested positive for the H1N1 virus, agriculture officials said Wednesday.
The animals have been under the care of a private veterinarian and have recovered from the illness, which is also known as swine flu, officials said.

Pigs caught H1N1 from N.C. handlers

“Pigs are subject to flu viruses just like humans, so it’s not unexpected to find it in a herd,” State Veterinarian David Marshall said in a statement.

“These cases show that our surveillance system is working.”
Officials declined to say how many pigs were infected or where the farms were located, other than to note the farms aren't in high-production areas.

Dr. Tom Ray, director of livestock health at the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said it appears the pigs at both farms caught the virus from humans. The herd owners indicated that workers who had contact with the animals had exhibited flu-like symptoms in the days preceding the animals’ illness, Ray said.

People cannot contract H1N1 from handling or consuming pork or pork products, according to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials also said there are no documented cases of humans contracting the virus from pigs.

"We want to reassure the public that it is safe to eat pork from swine that have been infected previously and recovered from influenza viruses, including novel viruses,” State Health Director Jeff Engel said in a statement.

Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois also have had pigs infected with H1N1. Other states have reported the illness in other animals, and officials said it appears in all cases that the animals contracted the virus from humans.

Farmers across North Carolina have been vaccinating pigs for the past three weeks to immunize them against H1N1 and prevent an outbreak of the virus, Marshall said.

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« Reply #485 on: December 24, 2009, 12:45:12 PM »


For Immediate Release: Dec. 23, 2009

Media Inquiries: Shelly Burgess, 301-796-4651,
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Approves A High Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Specifically Intended for People Ages 65 and Older

Accelerated approval process used in vaccine approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fluzone High-Dose, an inactivated influenza virus vaccine for people ages 65 years and older to prevent disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B.

People in this age group are at highest risk for seasonal influenza complications, which may result in hospitalization and death. Annual vaccination remains the best protection from influenza, particularly for people 65 and older.

Fluzone High-Dose was approved via the accelerated approval pathway. FDA’s accelerated approval pathway helps safe and effective medical products for serious or life-threatening diseases become available sooner. In clinical studies, Fluzone High-Dose demonstrated an enhanced immune response compared with Fluzone in individuals 65 and older.

As part of the accelerated approval process, the manufacturer is required to conduct further studies to verify that the Fluzone High-Dose will decrease seasonal influenza disease after vaccination.

“As people grow older, their immune systems typically become weaker,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., acting director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “This is the first influenza vaccine that uses a higher dose to induce a stronger immune response that is intended to better protect the elderly against seasonal influenza.”

Fluzone High-Dose, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Inc., is formulated so that each 0.5 mL dose contains a total of 180 micrograms (mcg) of influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) which is made up of 60 mcg of each of the three influenza virus strains.

Other currently licensed seasonal influenza vaccines for adults are formulated to contain a total of 45 mcg of influenza virus hemagglutinin (15 mcg HA from each of the three influenza strains per dose). Sanofi Pasteur, also manufactures Fluzone, a seasonal vaccine for the United States approved for use in individuals ages 6 months and older.

As expected, because of the higher HA content, non-serious adverse events were more frequent after vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose compared with Fluzone. Common adverse events experienced during clinical studies included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site and headache, muscle aches, fever and malaise. The rate of serious adverse events was comparable between Fluzone High-Dose and Fluzone.

People with hypersensitivity to egg proteins or life-threatening reactions after previous administration of any influenza vaccine should not be vaccinated with Fluzone High-Dose.

Fluzone High-Dose is administered as a single injection in the upper arm and is available in single dose pre-filled syringes without preservative.

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FDA Web Page on Vaccines, Blood & Biologics

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« Reply #486 on: December 24, 2009, 12:49:12 PM »

Questions & Answers

2009 H1N1 Flu In The News
December 22, 2009 4:00 PM ET

2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Coverage
What is the National H1N1 Flu Survey (NHFS)?
The National 2009 H1N1 Flu Survey (NHFS) is a nationally representative telephone survey that utilizes both land-line and cell phones. It is designed to get completed interviews with 6,000 households per month and to provide vaccine coverage estimates for adults and children. The NHFS data being shared this week were collected the week of December 6-12 with information from 1368 adults and 3,243 children.

How many people had received the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine at the time of the most recent NHFS survey?
Results of the December 6-12 NHFS survey showed that an estimated 46 million people (15.3% of the population) had been vaccinated against 2009 H1N1 flu. This represents 28 million adults (13%) and 18 million children (24%) who have received the vaccine. The amount of vaccine that had been shipped to providers at the time the survey was conducted was enough to vaccinate about 21% of the US population. Therefore, almost 3 out of 4 shipped doses had been administered.

How many people were planning to get the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine?
The December 6-12 NHFS showed that nearly half of Americans surveyed through the NHFS report they (or their child) have gotten, will definitely get, or will probably get an H1N1 flu vaccine. Approximately 1 in 3 of these people had already been vaccinated.

Who had received the 2009 H1N1 vaccine as of the December 6-12 NHFS?
As of the week of December 6-12, 74% of vaccine had gone to people in the initial target groups. This probably reflects efforts by states in recent weeks to expand immunization to people beyond these target groups.

Also, as of the week of December 6-12, 42% of all vaccine administered had been given to children.

How much nasal spray vaccine has been given so far?
Of the doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine given so far, 23% were the nasal spray.

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« Reply #487 on: December 24, 2009, 12:56:36 PM »

Voluntary Non-Safety-Related Recall of Specific Lots of Nasal Spray Vaccine for 2009 H1N1 Influenza
December 22, 2009, 7:00 PM ET

Why are some lots of the nasal spray 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine being recalled from the market?
First, it is important to point out that the recall is not safety-related. As part of its quality assurance program, the manufacturer of the nasal spray monovalent 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, MedImmune, performs routine, ongoing stability testing of the vaccine. Stability testing means measuring the strength (also called potency) of the vaccine over time to make sure it does not go below a pre-specified limit during the vaccine’s “shelf life.” On December 18 and 21, the manufacturer notified CDC and FDA that the potency in 13 batches (called “lots”) of nasal spray vaccine had decreased below the pre-specified limit or were at risk of falling below that limit within the upcoming week. The vaccine was within the specified range at the time the vaccine was distributed. The slight decrease in potency should not affect how the vaccine works. However, the manufacturer will send providers directions for returning any unused vaccine from these lots.

What does potency mean for the nasal spray 2009 H1N1 vaccine?
Potency (or strength) is determined by the measurement of the concentration of the active component in the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.

Are there any concerns about safety of vaccines from these lots?
No. There are no safety concerns with these lots of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. All lots successfully passed pre-release testing for safety, purity and potency.

Should people who received vaccines from these lots be revaccinated?
No. The vaccine potency is or will soon be only slightly below the limit. In addition, much of this vaccine has already been administered while fully potent and within specifications. The vaccine in these lots is still expected to be effective in stimulating a protective response. There is no need to re-administer a dose to those who received vaccine from these lots.

What action(s) should persons who have received vaccine from the recalled lots take?
Persons who received vaccine from the recalled lots do not need to take any special actions. As is recommended for all 2009 H1N1 vaccines, all children younger than 10 years old should get the recommended two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine approximately a month apart for the optimal immune response. Therefore, children younger than 10 years old who have only received one dose of the nasal spray vaccine thus far should still receive a second dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. It is best to use the same type of vaccine for the first and second dose.

What are the affected lot numbers?
The affected lot numbers are:
How many doses are in these lots?
There were approximately 4.7 million doses in these lots that were distributed to providers. Most of the doses were shipped to vaccine providers in October and early November, during a time when the vaccine potency was still at or above the recommended level. The manufacturer is recalling any doses from these lots that may still be unused.

Is the potency issue related to this recall isolated to just the 13 lots of nasal spray vaccine?
The voluntary recall described here is specific to the 13 lots of nasal spray 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine noted above. Subsequent lots of the vaccine were produced with a slightly higher potency to decrease the chance that they would fall “below specification” before their expiration dates. As per their routine practice, the manufacturer will continue to monitor the potency of those lots, and will notify healthcare providers if the shelf life of any additional lots is shorter than expected.

This recall does not affect 2009 H1N1 vaccine produced by other manufacturers. However, a similar recall was conducted recently which involved lots of Sanofi Pasteur’s pediatric 2009 H1N1 vaccine in 0.25 mL pre-filled syringes.

What testing was performed on these lots of vaccine before they were released?
Before they were shipped, the lots being recalled now passed all quality controls and met all specifications for safety, purity, and potency.

What is being done to notify providers who received vaccine from the affected lots?
The manufacturer will send a notification to providers who received doses from any of the 13 lots of vaccine so that they can return any unused vaccine.

Where were the affected lots of vaccine distributed?
Vaccine from these 13 lots was distributed throughout the United States.

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« Reply #488 on: December 24, 2009, 01:08:29 PM »

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 80
Weekly update

23 December 2009 -- As of 20 December 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 11516 deaths.

WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of data.

Situation update:
In the temperate zone* of the northern hemisphere, transmission of pandemic influenza virus remains active and geographically widespread, however overall disease activity has recently peaked in much of the hemisphere. There continues to be increases in influenza activity in later affected areas of central and eastern Europe, and in parts of west, central, and south Asia.

In United States and Canada, influenza activity continues to be geographically widespread but overall levels of ILI** have declined substantially to near the national baseline level in the US and below the seasonal baseline in Canada. Although numbers of hospitalizations and death in US have declined steadily since their peak over 6 weeks ago, the proportional mortality due to pneumonia and influenza (P&I mortality) remains elevated above the epidemic threshold for the 11th consecutive week. In Canada, rates of ILI, numbers of outbreaks, and proportions of samples testing positive for influenza have declined substantially since peaking six weeks ago. Approximately 53% of hospitalized cases in Canada had an underlying medical condition; cases with underlying medical conditions tended to be older (compared to those without), and were at increased risk of hospitalization and death. Also from Canada, a smaller proportion of hospitalized cases during the winter transmission season compared with those hospitalized cases during the summer transmission season, were persons of aboriginal origin (3.9% vs. 20.3%).

In Europe, geographically widespread and active transmission of pandemic influenza virus continued to be observed throughout the continent, however, overall pandemic influenza activity appears to have recently peaked across a majority of countries. At least ten countries reported that 30% or more of their sentinel respiratory specimens had tested positive for influenza. Greater than 98% of subtyped influenza A viruses detected in Europe were pandemic H1N1 2009, however, seasonal influenza viruses (H1N1, H3N2, and type B) continue to be detected at low levels. Of note, a few countries are experiencing increasing disease activity and have yet to peak (Hungary and Montenegro ), while several others are experiencing a resurgence in activity (Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Turkey). Rates of ILI have returned to near seasonal baselines in the earlier affected areas of western Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Iceland) and a substantial decline in activity has been observed in much of northern Europe over the past month. In central and southern Europe, where influenza virus transmission has been most active recently, disease activity in most places has either plateaued (Albania, Czech Republic, Estonia) or begun to decline (Austria, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Croatia, Slovakia, and Greece). Further east, influenza activity appears to be variable, with the Russian Federation reporting a steady decline in rates of ARI after a recent peak three weeks ago; while several other countries are reporting increases in rates of ILI/ARI (Ukraine and Georgia). In Europe, the highest rates of ILI have been recorded among children 0-4 years of age (in 15 countries) and among older children 5-14 years of age (in 18 countries). Detections of RSV in Europe continued to increase over the past six weeks, partially accounting for elevated ILI activity among young children in some countries.

In Western and Central Asia, limited data suggest that influenza virus circulation remains active throughout the region, however disease trends remain variable. Increasing respiratory diseases activity continued to be reported in Kazakhstan and in Egypt; while several others countries, Israel and Oman, have been reporting declining trends of respiratory diseases activity after recording a peak of activity approximately one month ago.

In East Asia, the situation remains similar to last week; influenza transmission remains active but appears to be declining overall. Influenza/ILI activity has recently peaked and continues to decline in Japan, in northern and southern China, Chinese Taipei and in Mongolia. In southern Asia, influenza activity continues to increase in the northern India, Nepal, and, Sri Lanka.

In the tropical region of Central and South America and the Caribbean, influenza transmission remains geographically widespread but overall disease activity has been declining or remains unchanged in most parts, except for in Barbados and Ecuador, were recent increases in respiratory diseases activity have been reported.

In the temperate region of the southern hemisphere, sporadic cases of pandemic influenza continued to be reported without evidence of sustained community transmission.

The Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN) continues monitoring the global circulation of influenza viruses, including pandemic, seasonal and other influenza viruses infecting, or with the potential to infect, humans including seasonal influenza. For more information on virological surveillance and antiviral resistance please see the weekly virology update (Virological surveillance data, below).

Weekly update (Virological surveillance data)
*Countries in temperate regions are defined as those north of the Tropic of Cancer or south of the Tropic of Capricorn, while countries in tropical regions are defined as those between these two latitudes.

**Abbreviations: influenza-like-illness (ILI), acute respiratory infection (ARI), and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI)

Qualitative indicators (Week 29 to Week 50: 13 July - 13 December 2009)
The qualitative indicators monitor: the global geographic spread of influenza, trends in acute respiratory diseases, the intensity of respiratory disease activity, and the impact of the pandemic on health-care services.

Human infection with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus: updated interim WHO guidance on global surveillance
A description of WHO pandemic monitoring and surveillance objectives and methods can be found in the updated interim WHO guidance for the surveillance of human infection with pandemic (H1N1) virus.

The maps below display information on the qualitative indicators reported. Information is available for approximately 60 countries each week. Implementation of this monitoring system is ongoing and completeness of reporting is expected to increase over time.

List of definitions of qualitative indicators
Geographic spread of influenza activity
Map timeline
Trend of respiratory diseases activity compared to the previous week
Map timeline
Intensity of acute respiratory diseases in the population
Map timeline
Impact on health care services
Map timeline
Laboratory-confirmed cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 as officially reported to WHO by States Parties to the IHR (2005) as of 20 December 2009
Map of affected countries and deaths
The countries and overseas territories/communities that have newly reported their first pandemic (H1N1) 2009 confirmed cases since the last web update (No.79): none.

The countries and overseas territories/communities that have newly reported their first deaths among pandemic (H1N1) 2009 confirmed cases since the last web update (No 79): Georgia and Albania.

WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO)
WHO Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO)
 At least 6670
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO)
 At least 2045
WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO)
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO)
 At least 11516

* The reported number of fatal cases is an under representation of the actual numbers as many deaths are never tested or recognized as influenza related.

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« Reply #489 on: December 24, 2009, 01:10:44 PM »

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« Reply #490 on: January 02, 2010, 09:38:53 AM »

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Swine Flu killed five times more U.S. kids than regular flu: CDC director

CDC campaign for vaccination continues.ATLANTA – Nine more pediatric deaths caused by Swine Flu have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and CDC director Thomas R. Frieden says the new virus has produced five time more fatalities among children than a regular flu season.

“Nine influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 49 (California [3], Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas),” said the latest weekly report by the CDC.

“Eight of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and one was associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype is undetermined (thought to be H1N1),” said the CDC.

“A total of 232 deaths in children associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been reported to CDC,” said the update issued Friday. However, the CDC estimates more than a thousand children died because of the virus.

“The situation we have now is an ebbing second wave and an uncertain future,” he said, and authorities are unable to predict how many more cases will occur between the traditional start of the flu season and the end of it.

“Only the future will tell what the future will bring but it is a great time to be vaccinated,” he added.

“We do know that there has been a substantial impact of H1N1 influenza,” he said.

“By mid-November, the best estimates are that there were 47 million cases, there were 213,000 hospitalization and nearly 10,000 deaths,” said the head of the CDC.

“This has been a strain of influenza that has been much harder on children and young adults,” he added. “In fact, the number of children and young adults killed till mid-November was five times more than the average flu season.

The latest CDC report provided a breakdown of mortality among children.

“Since August 30, 2009, CDC has received 212 reports of influenza-associated pediatric deaths that occurred during the current influenza season (39 deaths in children less than 2 years old, 22 deaths in children 2-4 years old, 78 deaths in children 5-11 years old, and 73 deaths in children 12-17 years old),” said the report. “One hundred seventy-two (81%) of the 212 deaths were due to 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infections, 39 were associated with influenza A virus for which the subtype is undetermined, and one was associated with an influenza B virus infection.”

Since Aug. 30, the CDC has received reports of 35,309 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations and 1,567 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated deaths. CDC estimates these figures are a serious under-representations of true deaths and illness as Frieden mentioned.

While there is a nation-wide decline in flu activity, the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold for the eleventh consecutive week.

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« Reply #492 on: January 02, 2010, 09:52:04 AM »

Also provided in the same thread as the above.....

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 Re: Swine Flu killed five times more U.S. kids than regular flu: CDC director


The dead children thread

Actual Pathology Notes from an H1N1 Autopsy - Lung Damage Caused H1N1 Swine Flu Death - FluTrackers

Egypt - Minister of Health Recommends Postponing Childbearing Until April 2010 Due to Swine Flu Death Rate in Pregnant Women

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« Reply #493 on: January 02, 2010, 09:56:58 AM »

2009-2010 Influenza Season Week 51 ending December 26, 2009
All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received.

During week 51 (December 20-26, 2009), influenza activity decreased slightly in the U.S.

154 (3.9%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories and reported to CDC/Influenza Division were positive for influenza.

All subtyped influenza A viruses reported to CDC were 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses.

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold.

Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. Two of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and two were associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 3.2% which is above the national baseline of 2.3%. Two of the 10 regions (1 and 10) reported ILI below region-specific baseline levels.

o Four states reported geographically widespread influenza activity, 13 states reported regional influenza activity, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 19 states reported local influenza activity, Guam and 13 states reported sporadic influenza activity, and one state reported no influenza activity, the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report.

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Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 80
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23 December 2009 -- As of 20 December 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 11516 deaths.

WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of data.

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« Reply #495 on: January 02, 2010, 11:34:08 AM »

In addition to the "global warming" rip-off, you can add another huge international racketeering operation -- the H1N1 "pandemic" of 2009
Europe to Investigate the UN Over “Pandemic” Scam
 By Jim O'Neill  Saturday, January 2, 2010
“UN report says pandemic may result in anarchy—‘could kill millions’—unless western world pays for antiviral drugs and vaccines!” —From “The Guardian” September 20, 2009

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect non-infected patients. — Associated Press—October 25, 2009

In addition to the “global warming” rip-off, you can add another huge international racketeering operation—the H1N1 “pandemic” of 2009. 

Both of these ploys were designed to fleece the western nations of billions, possibly trillions, of dollars.  In the case of the H1N1 scam, the western governments have already coughed up billions of dollars for vaccines to prevent a bogus “pandemic.”  That means that we, the taxpayers, have been ripped-off yet again. 

If class action lawsuits aren’t on the way, then they darn well should be.

The European nations, have apparently not been paid off to the extent of the U.S. Congress, and have decided to look into things. 

According to a report filed by F. William Engdahl, the Council of Europe Parliament has unanimously proposed to start an investigation this month into “the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign.”

The purpose of the inquiry is to investigate collusion between the “Golden Triangle” of the UN’s WHO (World Health Organization), certain pharmaceutical companies, and academic scientists. 

That scenario should sound familiar, as it’s similar to “global warming’s” collusion between the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), “green energy” corporations, and academic scientists.

Both scams were intended to “redistribute the wealth” globally, while making the Global Elite, very, very rich.  They get to wipe out the middle-class, destroy capitalism, install a UN-run global regime, and get exceedingly wealthy, all at the same time.  It’s a win/win situation all around, for Progressives at least.

The resolution just passed by the Council of Europe Parliament includes the charge that, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines…pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies…to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines.”

The motion was introduced by Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg,  Chairman of the European Parliament Health Committee.  He stated that millions of healthy people were unnecessarily “exposed to the risk of poorly tested vaccines,” for no other reason than the purported threat of a flu strain that is “vastly less harmful” then previous flu strains. 

Dr. Wodarg’s talking about the Swine Flu, or H1N1, or “novel H1N1,” or “2009 H1N1,” or whatever they’re trying to pass it off as these days.  You remember—the national emergency?

You ought to remember—after all, you helped to pay for the billions spent on vaccines.  Big Pharma thanks you, and so do their stockholders.  Speaking of which, do you think some of those stockholders just might be Global Elitists?  Just asking.

Dr. Wodarg suggested that, “The Council of Europe and its member-states should ask for immediate investigations and consequences, on their national levels, as well as on the international level.”  Consequences—hmmm, good suggestion.

Why isn’t the U.S. doing the same?  Too many bribes, too many “donations” made to too many politicians, to many deals made with Big Pharma to get Obama-Care passed?  That would be my guess.

Our renowned “people’s watchdog,” the Lame Stream Media, remains ever-vigilantly silent on the subject.  Although I must admit that CBS did, almost, nearly look into malfeasance on the part of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) regarding the Swine Flu scam.

I guess, once again, it’s up to “we the people” to straighten things out.  Anybody know some good class action lawsuit lawyers?

Laus Deo.

P.S. In case you missed them, you may want to read my articles “No Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccines!” 
and “No Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccines II”

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China Warns of Possible New H1N1 Outbreaks

Sunday , January 03, 2010


China is warning officials to brace for a possible new wave of swine flu infections as the country enters the busy Lunar New Year travel period.

Tens of millions of Chinese take to the rails, roads and air during the most important holiday of the traditional calendar, creating crowded conditions ideal for the spread of the virus. The holiday period this year runs from late January into February.

"During the 2010 New Year and Lunar New Year period, various factors such as spring travel, tourism, shopping, and other group activities will increase the risk of H1N1 infection," the Health Ministry said in a bulletin posted on its Web site Sunday. "Disease prevention measures must remain rigorous."

China has already taken severe measures seen to control the spread of the virus, quarantining large numbers of travelers and setting up temperature checks at virtually all schools and public buildings.

Experts differ on how effective those steps have been and the ministry said China, with 1.3 billion people, had recorded more than 120,000 cases of infection by the end of December, including 648 deaths.

It said 447, or 69 percent, of those deaths were recorded in December alone, a spike attributed partly to a rise in virus fatalities among pregnant mothers from 8.8 percent of November's total to 18.6 percent of all December deaths.

People with chronic illnesses and the obese also succumbed to the disease in larger numbers in December, the ministry said.

Underscoring the striking rise in the death toll in December, new H1N1 cases for the month accounted for only 23 percent of the total, it said. However, the ministry said it had not discovered mutations in the virus or the emergence of drug-resistant strains, appearing to put much of the monthly increase in deaths down to seasonal factors.

While it said numbers of cases have fallen strikingly in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities, rural areas — where medical resources are typically poorer and emergency response times slower — will likely suffer the brunt of a renewed outbreak, the ministry said. Rural schools should especially be on guard, it said.

It cited monitoring, prevention, immunization and treatment as the key strategies to contain the virus, with almost 50 million people having received the H1N1 vaccine already.

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« Reply #497 on: January 08, 2010, 01:44:14 AM »

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Widow warns others: Get H1N1 vaccine Her husband, a healthy Liberal civic leader, died after contracting the flu

By Kathy Hanks - The Hutchinson News -

LIBERAL - Larry Howell had no compromising health condition. But his sudden death in December has left his widow wanting people to know that a healthy person can quickly die from the H1N1 flu.

Jamie Howell said her husband tested positive for H1N1 before his death at Wichita's Wesley Medical Center on Dec. 18. She is encouraging everyone she knows to get vaccinated against this strain of the flu.

The father of four was a healthy man before coming down with bronchitis in early December.

"He had a bad cold and was coughing the week before," his wife said. He was initially diagnosed with bronchitis, which then turned into pneumonia.

However, instead of improving he kept getting sicker, and by Dec. 7, when he returned to the doctor, his oxygen level was gravely low. He was transported by ambulance to Liberal's Southwest Medical Center.

That was the last time he was able to speak with his wife.

Immediately placed on a respirator, he was flown to Wichita's Wesley Medical Center. While a tissue sample taken by a bronchial scope tested positive for H1N1, Jamie Howell said Larry's cause of death was adult respiratory distress syndrome.

"His lungs were a white-out," she said about her husband, who had never had a lung problem in his life.

Meanwhile, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has not received a report of an H1N1 death fitting Howell's description, spokeswoman Maggie
Thompson, said. She noted, however, that sometimes it takes a long while before the report comes to KDHE.

"We know that the number of the deaths confirmed to be caused by H1N1 virus under-represents the true number of deaths," Thompson said. "There are people without underlying health conditions who have died and are dying of H1N1."

Thompson said if it's confirmed they will get the information. However, when and if that happens, they can only release the region, age and gender of the victim, and whether they had a compromised immune system.

"At this point, we have nothing from a southwest Kansas male," she said, adding that information can come to the state through a death certificate. Jamie Howell said they were still waiting for Larry's death certificate.

The KDHE reported its first death from H1N1 this summer and now has a confirmed total of 25. Of that number, six have not had underlying health conditions that would put them at greater risk. Also, of the 25, 23 were adults ranging in age from 30s up to 75.

Larry Howell was a vital leader -from his involvement in his church to the local chamber of commerce, where he was president in 2009.

Because he was so prominent in the community, Howell's death has spurred an increase in the number of people getting the H1N1 vaccine in Liberal, said Martha Brown, administrator of the Seward County Health Department.

"It has alerted more people from church and work and it hit home," Brown said, adding they still had plenty of vaccine left and imagined most counties were in the same situation.

Another proponent of being vaccinated against H1N1 is Liberal physician Dr. Bob Sager who wrote about Howell's untimely death on a blog posted on Wellsphere on Dec. 21.

"...The CDC has reported that 46 percent of people admitted to the hospital for H1N1 complications have no prior medical problems. Larry fell into this category unfortunately. So let this be a warning to us all. Get the vaccine for H1N1 now. The CDC has opened this up to everyone from six months to 65."

According to Thompson, pandemics come in waves and there is a potential for a third wave. But, the good news is there is plenty of vaccine available.

"We're ready in case that happens," Thompson said.

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« Reply #498 on: January 08, 2010, 01:47:20 AM »

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CDC: H1N1 still circulating; vaccine plentiful

By Saundra Young CNN
January 7, 2010 8:30 p.m. ESTJanuary 7, 2010 8:30 p.m. ESTJanuary 7, 2010 8:30 p.m. EST

Washington (CNN) -- The H1N1 influenza virus is still circulating and causing illness, hospitalization and death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday as officials made another call for vaccination.

"Many people are still susceptible to this virus and would benefit from vaccination," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC. "We want to avoid complacency. We have a very good supply of the H1N1 vaccine all around the country."

Schuchat estimated that at least 60 million Americans have received the H1N1 vaccine. She said 136 million doses are currently available for states to order and should be easily accessible through doctor's offices, local health departments, community and school clinics as well as pharmacies and retail centers.

Four states -- Delaware, New Jersey, Maine and Virginia -- still report widespread H1N1 activity. Schuchat said that while the number of people getting sick is declining, officials are still seeing more activity than is usual for this time of year. And it's all H1N1, as seasonal flu strains have yet to emerge she said.

According to the CDC, there was a slight increase in flu-like illness cases presenting at doctors offices and emergency rooms last week, and a rise in pneumonia and/or influenza deaths this past week.

Expecting the virus to continue circulating for some time, Schuchat is urging doctors to "stay vigilant" by continuing to test patients with severe respiratory illness in an effort to prevent additional cases. But she stressed vaccination is still the best course of action.

"I am concerned that people maybe complacent, that people may think this is all over. I would hate for people to make decisions thinking this is over and then get sick or severely ill," Schuchat said. Vaccinations provide a "chance for people to protect themselves and reduce the risk of serious complications. So I think complacency is probably our top enemy right now."

The CDC is kicking off National Influenza Vaccine Week this weekend, a campaign designed to encourage more to get vaccinated, particularly those considered to be at high risk for complications -- pregnant women, adults with chronic complications like emphysema, seniors and children who have yet to be vaccinated.

Schuchat said she doesn't know if the unusually cold temperatures sweeping the country will result in flu transmission, but vaccination will help reduce that risk.

With the flu season fully underway, health officials say now is the time for children under the age of 9 to receive a second dose of the H1N1 vaccine.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Carlin Springs Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia, Thursday, as more than 200 students lined up to receive a second round of the vaccine.

She praised Arlington County officials for their school-based flu clinics.

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« Reply #499 on: January 09, 2010, 04:27:42 PM »

Fact Sheet: Safety of Thimerosal in Vaccines Against 2009 H1N1 Flu
January 4, 2010

Thimerosal Use Prevents Vaccine Contamination
Many Studies Have Found Thimerosal In Vaccines To Be Safe
Some Flu Vaccines Against 2009 H1N1 Contain Thimerosal

Thimerosal-free Flu Vaccines Against 2009 H1N1 May Be Limited

Getting The Flu Vaccine Is Safer Than Getting The Flu

Research Shows No Link Between Thimerosal And Autism

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