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    Will H1N1 adjust your hobbying?

    There have been studies that H1N1 transmits easier thru close contact. Some people will develop mild symptoms and some may be carriers. And the unfortuneate may develop symptoms that will require intensive care.

    Some SPs will work thru mild symptoms. I have refused SPs with colds or whatever they had. They only get paid when they work. So like everyone else in the same working condition, they try to work thru it. But close contact fosters virus transmission, etc.

    http://www.aknurse.org/NewSite/health.shtml

    Scientists are only guessing how bad this flu will be. It could be very mild or at worst case lots of deaths.

    Will you wait and see? Will you go ahead and weather any storm, if any?


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    I will abstain from eating unripened tomatoes.

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    Do you adjust your hobbying from October to April to avoid the seasonal flu? So far the seasonal flu has been far deadlier than the swine flu.

    There have been 556 deaths in the US over a 4 month period compared to 30,000 annually for seasonal flu. Seasonal flu typically has plenty of vaccines available whereas the vaccine for swine flu have not yet been made available.

    Would I keep a sp who shows up with signs of a cold ? No. But that has always been my practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Time to Punt View Post
    Do you adjust your hobbying from October to April to avoid the seasonal flu? So far the seasonal flu has been far deadlier than the swine flu.

    There have been 556 deaths in the US over a 4 month period compared to 30,000 annually for seasonal flu. Seasonal flu typically has plenty of vaccines available whereas the vaccine for swine flu have not yet been made available.

    Would I keep a sp who shows up with signs of a cold ? No. But that has always been my practice.
    They are making wild predicitions if the flu mutates or spreads rapidly, it could cause thousands of deaths. The great flu pandemic of 1918 killed 20 to 40 million worldwide, more than WW I.

    I am not trying to be an alarmist. There are a few things that have to be in place for another pandemic to occur. H1N1 as it is can be very dangerous and fatal. If you get the numbers that they fear, our medical science will only help a lucky few, those who are lucky enough to reach the ICU before they would run out of space.

    The strange part of this flu, it can be mild for some and fatal for others. It is hitting children and younger adults harder than older folks (over 50). It is serious for those already in poor health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daydreamer41 View Post

    I am not trying to be an alarmist. .
    Yes you are

    Do you not believe the real numbers so far ? Without a vaccine it is less than 10% as deadly as the seasonal flu with a vaccine. Unless it mutates if you are between the age of 10 and 70 and are reasonably healthy you don't have much to worry about.

    If you truly are frightened, then hobbying is the least of your worries. The people at work are far more likely to give you the flu....any kind of flu.

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    From what I have read, since the virus is a hybrid of bird, pig and human flu virus, most of us already have immunities. Since children are less likely to have been exposed and therefore have no immunities, they are the most vulnerable.

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    There is no such thing as a perfect "acquired" immunity from any flu virus because it's one of the few virus that mutates constantly and very rapidly, same with H1N1. A healthy adult is less likely to catch the flu simply because it's immune system is stronger, not because he was exposed to the flu before. The only difference with children and elders is their immune system is weaker, because it's not fully developed in kids and because doesn't respond as good and as fast as it used to do in elders.

    That's why a new vaccine must be developed each year from the strand of the previous year and that's why these vaccines are not 100% since they are based on the previous year so, if the virus mutates enough, it "bypass" the vaccine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metoo4 View Post

    That's why a new vaccine must be developed each year from the strand of the previous year and that's why these vaccines are not 100% since they are based on the previous year so, if the virus mutates enough, it "bypass" the vaccine.
    You are quite right about seasonal flu, however, the last article I read on the topic about the swine flu was that there was only 2 variations seen so far in North America and they were very very close to one another.

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    Then, let's hope they won't start doing like the rest of the family!

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    For the moment I am playing it cool, but if the infection rate rises I will try to take precautions. No kiss kiss anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metoo4 View Post
    There is no such thing as a perfect "acquired" immunity from any flu virus because it's one of the few virus that mutates constantly and very rapidly, same with H1N1. A healthy adult is less likely to catch the flu simply because it's immune system is stronger, not because he was exposed to the flu before. The only difference with children and elders is their immune system is weaker, because it's not fully developed in kids and because doesn't respond as good and as fast as it used to do in elders.

    That's why a new vaccine must be developed each year from the strand of the previous year and that's why these vaccines are not 100% since they are based on the previous year so, if the virus mutates enough, it "bypass" the vaccine.
    They (medical researchres) are saying that it is not as crucial for people over 50 to get the vacine as those who are younger. Fifty is of course a round ball park number. But they have been gathering statistics on the demographic of those who got H1N1, who have died, etc. The numbers so far support that younger people are more susceptible to both getting the flu and having serious complications or dying. They say that H1N1 is similar to previous viruses but those viruses did not affect the deep part of the respiratiory system. So older people may be able to fight it off with exposure to similar viruses, unless they have other serious conditions, which has been the case with the older people who have succumbed to H1N1.

    Your body develops antibodies when exposured to many of the known viruses. If those viruses are similar in structure, the antibodies will attack and can fight them off along with you natural immunity.

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    H1N1 overblown by media......just like SARS
    "Just When I Thought I Was Out.....They Pull Me Back In!!!"

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    I drink a paint of Apple or Orange Juice every day, lots of vitamine C that make the immunity system stronger, since that, i haven't been really sick. Of course a couple nose "morving" or atchoum here and there, but gone as fast as it came... i don't really fear that thing as i think my system is strong
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