Apr 28, 2009
I'd like to share two links from noteworthy news articles about the "swine flu" that's capturing so much national attention. I hope you will find this information beneficial.
1) http://tinyurl.com/dey825 (Time Magazine)
"In February 1976, an outbreak of swine flu struck Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey, killing a 19-year-old private and infecting hundreds of soldiers. Concerned that the U.S. was on the verge of a devastating epidemic, President Gerald Ford ordered a nationwide vaccination program at a cost of $135 million (some $500 million in today's money). Within weeks, reports surfaced of people developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a paralyzing nerve disease that can be caused by the vaccine. By April, more than 30 people had died of the condition. Facing protests, federal officials abruptly canceled the program on Dec. 16. The epidemic failed to materialize."
2) http://tinyurl.com/cc5ot9 (L.A. Times)
"Inspecting the virus itself is of little help, because scientists have yet to identify which features help it spread or kill, said Dr. Scott Layne, an epidemiologist at the UCLA School of Public Health. 'The microscope doesn't tell you anything," Layne said, "what are the genetic correlates of virulence? Unknown. Transmissibility? Unknown.' ... 'I know less about influenza today than I did 10 years ago,' said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota."
I'd also like to add this article entitled, "3 Sure-Fire Ways to Prevent Swine Flu" from the Huffington Post: