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Swine flu now in virtually every country, as WHO braces for winter season

November 5, 2009 |  9:35 am

Pig Pandemic H1N1 influenza is now in virtually every country in the world, and health officials are bracing for an upsurge in cases as winter sets in, World Health Organization officials said this morning.

"At WHO, we remain concerned about the pattern we are seeing, particularly because a sizable number of people do develop serious complications and death," Dr. Keiji Fukuda, a special advisor to the WHO director-general on pandemic influenza, said at a news conference. "We anticipate seeing continued or increased activity during the winter period in the Northern Hemisphere. This also means we expect to see continued reports of serious cases and deaths."

The most recent figures available show that at least 5,700 people worldwide have died from swine flu, with 4,175 of those in the Americas.

Fukuda said that vaccinations against swine flu have started in 20 countries and that millions of doses have been delivered safely, with no adverse events. He complained, however, that the agency has yet to receive most of the 200 million doses of vaccine that were to be donated by 11 countries. Delays in production of the vaccine have led to shortages, and most countries, like the United States, have chosen to vaccinate their high-priority groups before making good on their pledges.

In other flu news:

-- Swine flu has struck the remote Yanomami tribe in Venezuela, showing that no one is safe from the virus. Seven people have died from the flu, out of a population of only 28,000. Several of the victims were babies, and one was a pregnant woman. Fukuda said the virus has also struck aboriginal populations in Australia severely, and it is not clear yet whether the high rate of infection is related to a genetic susceptibility or to poor healthcare.

-- Cold weather has brought an outbreak of swine flu in Mongolia, and the country has been requesting additonal doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to combat its spread. The country has confirmed 859 cases of swine flu and six deaths, but healthcare facilities have been struggling to cope with the surge in unconfirmed cases. Mongolia previously had a stockpile of 11,000 doses of Tamiflu, half provided by the WHO in May. The agency is now sending an additional 45,000 doses.

-- In  an effort to ease the burden on its healthcare system caused by swine flu, Norway has decided to allow sale of Tamiflu without a prescription. Health officials have feared that such sales would lead to indiscriminate use of the drug, increasing the risk of the virus developing resistance to what is currently the most valuable tool to fight infections. Fukuda, however, called the decision to allow over-the-counter sales "innovative and prudent."

-- An intense outbreak is occurring in Ukraine, with 500,000 cases of acute respiratory distress and 85 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Both the WHO and European officials have been sending in teams to help out.

-- As if Wall Street weren't already hated enough, recent news reports have said that at least 13 major companies, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, have received allocations of swine flu vaccine. Such allocations are approved by state health officials, in this case New York, who generally approve shipments for use in high-risk groups. Critics charge that the companies are getting favorable treatment. "It seems safe to assume the vast majority of their employees are not pregnant women, infants and children, young adults up to 24 years old, and healthcare workers," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

-- A new McClatchy-Ipsos poll found that almost half of Americans are rejecting the swine flu vaccine. Only 52% said they were likely to get it, and only 33% said they are very likely to get it. The poll apparently did not ask why they were rejecting it, but many people have been concerned about the safety of the vaccine, despite repeated assurances that it is made exactly like the seasonal flu vaccine, which has proved safe in hundreds of millions of people.

-- Thomas H. Maugh II

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Perhaps the people that are choosing to reject the Swine Flu vaccine have already had the flu. My child and most of the children in his school, and most of the children's families have been ill. We're just thankful the employees at JP Morgan and Citigroup will not have to suffer!!

Stimulating immune function to perform efficiently is the logical approach to defeating pathogens. Such stimulation is propagandized as unavailable, while in truth the immunostimulating properties of lithium and antidepressants were documented in 1981, when I published the first of nine reviews on the topic. A therapeutic claim is reinforced when the mechanism is known. Prostaglandins, when produced excessively, depress every component of immune function, and induce microbial replication. In the early nineteen-seventies, a colleague showed that antidepressants and lithium inhibit prostaglandins.

Lithium has immunostimulating, antiviral and antibacterial properties, antidepressants immunostimulating, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasite, and fungicidal properties. Lithium is effective for bacterial skin infections, urinary tract infections, canker sores, cold sores and genital herpes, antidepressants for canker sores, cold sores, and genital herpes. Evidence from various sources supports the use of antidepressants for T.B, malaria, and HIV; when antidepressants are added to antiretrovirals, they reduce HIV viral load to undetectable. Once stimulated, a previously defective immune system should be able to eradicate or inactivate all pathogens.

There is concern at France’s Merieux Foundation that global warming will induce an upsurge in viral and other infections. Tuberculosis, now the #1 killer of the HIV infected, is developing resistance to standard treatment. With the threats posed by resistant T.B, migration to our shores of parasites never seen here before, and the emerging resistance of the malaria parasite to antimalarials, the availability of immunostimulation will be of evermore importance.

As lithium and antidepressants both prevent recurrences of flu’ like colds, one cannot be sure which to favor for HINI, lithium for some, antidepressants for others a possibility. A few doses of lithium, or an antidepressant, could sufficiently stimulate immune function, and reduce viral replication, as to return some of the stricken from the brink. A stimulated immune system would also be able to destroy super infection with bacteria or other viruses. People with well functioning immune systems are relatively invulnerable to pathogens, compared to people with defective immune function.

Here in New Zealand, we were one of the first few counties to get H1N1 in the middle of our winter, about 5 months back. Of our 4 million population we had about a dozen deaths, virtually all had 'underlying conditions'.

I had the 'flu myself, as did all my family. For me it was about 10 days, the kids were up and around after about 4 days. We had all had worse 'flus in the past. The persistent cough was unpleasant.

It's spring here now, and no one is talking about Swine Flu any more. You shouldn't be too worried about it unless you are in the 'high risk' groups. My opinion is - it aint that bad.

The fact that 50% of Americans have refused or plan to refuse a H1N1 vaccine is worrying. Only time will tell the wisdom of these decisions.

However, a number of bloggers have recommended Vitamin D instead of the H1N1 vaccine. As President of the Vitamin D Council, I want to make clear that our position is that one should take both the H1N1 flu vaccine and doses of Vitamin D adequate to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.

Virtually all adults will acheice adequate wintertime serum levels(>50ng/ml) by taking 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 per day. Children require 1,000 IU per day per every 25 pounds of body weight.

John Cannell, MD
Vitamin D Council

so then it's NOT in every country? The word "virtually" means..."AHHH!!! PANIC EVERYONE! IT'S EVERYWHERE NOW!!! AHHHH!!!!!! We're allll gonna dieeeeeeeeee!!!" When in fact it isn't in EVERY country?

This is such a pandemic! People are getting hospitalized left and right (NOT).

If this is such a dangerous sickness then why would people attend the World Series . How is it that this has been declared a National Emergency but I know of no one (personally) that has been hospitalized – not alone died. This is fear mongering at the highest level – Now that makes me sick!

YOU are all falling into a scare tactic by the Center for Disease control. the Big Pharmaceutical companies have you on a leash and you fall for the scare tactics. the inventor and distributor of the H1N1 vaccine is a mad scientist, he as well as several others created the Swine flu (Manufactured it). don't believe me? do some research. the swine flu was supposed to be extinct back in the 70's and the effects of it weren't even close to what they were now.

the Swine flu was created in a Lab, and the vaccines you are given have Overabundance's of crap that your body doesn't need. I like the person that copy and pasted the information above me that is humorous. you all need to find out the truth. look up "Doctor Horowitz" this is a man that is not on a paycheck for anyone who clearly describes the Media and the operators of this swine flu Myth. I am not saying swine flu exist I am simply saying you all need to research more than just the headline news articles as they are government owned and funded and are there to take more money and time away from your lives...

PLEASE PLEASE do some research...


"Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Oz" together that should get you started.

I also think the doctors commenting on these sites need to re evaluate what they are saying. do you 2 doctors on here really know what is "In" these vaccines? and do you also know for 100% fact that the swine flu is a natural occurring flu? because if you still defend that it is 100% safe, I really feel sorry for your patients.

There was a video of a girl that was a cheerleader at her high school and she was 100% healthy and when she went in to get a regular flu shot, she ended up being paralyzed because of the crap that they leaked into the shot... it is a sad world we live in when we have doctors telling us to go get flu shots when they don't manufacture of understand what is really in these shots. sure they are doctors and you should trust them, but in order to trust them they need to tell you the risks, they need to diagnose all your other health problems first, and they also need to tell you what "Exactly" is in these shots as well as the side effects of them.

think again doctors before you tell your patients they are safe 100% or you might end up like Doctor Conrad Murray with a dead person on your hands and no explanation of what happened because you did what you thought was right with the information you had. Instead of doing what was right and finding out the information you needed to know.

WHO hah what a joke, swine flu is a joke, don't get the vaccine, it has side effects on the nervous system

re what was posted by "R"

unless you have something intelligent to say, keep it to yourself, there are people who are concerned and looking for info in order to protect themselves and they're families...hope you are one of the lucky ones that does not get it....otherwise maybe u will be one of the ones pushing up the daises....unfortunately my family is one with underlying conditions....we need the vaccine.....

But what about Madagascar?

Is Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO crazy? Of course the U.S. is going to immunize high risk groups of it's own citizens before fulfilling donations to other countries. Why should Americans endanger themselves by giving away much needed vaccine. Are we supposed to give everything away and go off into the dust and perish? It's not like it's being poured down the drain or anything. It's only available to high risk groups, not the general public. This 'America owes the world' argument is one sided, old, and persistent. I'm disappointed that an international organization like the WHO would complain about it. And as far as the masses that are against vaccines, they are endangering everyone, not just themselves. Thank goodness this is a pandemic of a mild virus!!

I cannot believe the scaremongering drivel in this article.

This is NOT a pandemic.

People are consuming too much fluoride and chlorine, not to mention ingesting too many pharmaceuticals to think CRITICALLY anymore. Even the so-called doctors leaving comments haven't done any basic research about vaccines today - instead lining their pockets with cash after having swallowed the crap the pharma salesmen have 'sold' them.

Wake up people. Take responsibility for your own health and research what's going on and NOT being reported in main stream news.

Do your part to control overpopulation, don't get vaccinated.

Is the sky really falling. Morbity rates are lower with H1N1 than in 2006 and 2005. Most authorities agree that the H1N1 variant virus is quite mild. The vast majority of people (99.99%) are having very brief and mild illnesses from this virus. It would seem perfectly rational to believe that minor lifestyle changes could have dramatic effects on fighting this infection, and none of these involve taking potentially dangerous and unproven vaccine interventions.Also remember that the mortality rate of the swine flu is extremely low.

Dr. Ronald Whitmont, M.D. reports in a recent article of The Epoch Times:

"So far, H1N1 is much less severe than the regular flu. The calculated mortality rate for H1N1 in 2009 is only 0.5 percent.

In 2006, the death rate for influenza was 0.77 percent, and in 2005 it was 0.79 percent.


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