Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Swine Flu Fever Returns

I see the scaremongerers are back – stating categorically that HALF the NZ population is still at risk of another outbreak of Swine Flu, and that 2010 could be nearly as deadly as last year!
Claims that 30% of the NZ population contracted Swine Flu/H1N1 last year are still being made…even though health statistics cannot differentiate between standard seasonal flu and Swine Flu: they only show the rise in reports.
While it was heartbreaking for those who lost family members to Swine Flu, it must be remembered that more people die here annually from normal winter ailments. There is also a lot of information globally, showing the Swine Flu inoculation delivering more ill-effects than H1N1 itself. Swine Flu did not become the global pandemic that so many panicked about...but the jab caused many illnesses and some deaths. The manufacturers made billions of dollars from that frenzy, a beat-up partly fueled by their own press and partly by scientists in the pay of those companies.
900,000 seasonal flu vaccinations have now been distributed throughout NZ to doctors' clinics but, if you normally have a flu jab and assume this year's one is just the usual anti-flu winter cocktail – think again. It's been revealed (in fact, advertised – as if this is a great selling point!!?) that this year's jab contains anti-Swine Flu components! 
Yet in December 2009, the British Medical Journal said the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza can not ward off pneumonia and other serious conditions linked to influenza. And in April 2010, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention found 99.6% of the seasonal H1N1 flu strains tested have developed resistance to Tamiflu.
So do some reading and consider which is the bigger risk: Swine Flu, which can largely be mitigated by standard personal health activities…or a jab linked to the deadly nerve disease, Gullain-Barre Syndrome. 
(...for more info, click here for all of my posts tagged "Swine Flu".)

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