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  •  Uh... no. (0+ / 0-)

    You can get the shot if you like, however.

    It's just a flu, more contagious and less deadly than the regular flu (unless the numbers have changed recently).

    •  CDC estimates between 9-13,000 deaths so far (7+ / 0-)

      Less than seasonal flu usually causes, although the numbers may be under reported. The worry is another wave of H1N1 later in the spring, as happened with the 1957 pandemic.

      Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.- Molly Ivins

      by loblolly on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 08:01:16 AM PST

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      •  In addition,... (9+ / 0-)

        I believe the mortality is skewed towards younger healthier age groups unlike the seasonable flu which is more deadly for the elderly who may have some immunity from past swine flu pandemics. I got my shot just before Christmas when it was opened up to everyone here in Arizona. No lines to speak of - I think apathy has set in.

        Just another socialist fuckstick homosinner!

        by Ian S on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 08:12:21 AM PST

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        •  Couple of reasons (1+ / 0-)
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          and yes, middle aged folk have had more previous exposures.  I think it was in one of DemFromCTs articles that he posted a graph showing intervals of roughly 68 years between particular waves, which is or was a lifespan, leaving all born after without the immunities.  So this one, like in 1918 and some others, is really hitting teens and young adults.

          If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

          by marykk on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 09:12:27 AM PST

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          •  1918 (3+ / 0-)
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            Sadly, my grandmother's high school yearbook from those years includes 2 pages of photographs of classmates who perished from the flu.  In the yearbook, she (or her mother) had tucked their obituaries from the county newspaper.

            She lived on a small farm near what is now the Metroplex area.

            Sometimes it's better to individually address a problem rather than just criticize our politicians for failing to do so.

            by texasmom on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 09:23:23 AM PST

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            •  I have cousins on both sides (2+ / 0-)
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              with a parent orphaned by the flu of 18.

              If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

              by marykk on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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            •  My dad was born in 1918, (1+ / 0-)
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              and he had life-long lung problems.  Still, he lived to 86.

              "And God separated the light from the dark, and did two loads of laundry"

              by Fiddlegirl on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 10:53:49 AM PST

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              •  My dad born the same year (1+ / 0-)
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                and, given the high risk for women who are pg, now that I think of it, that was a lucky thing.  I wonder if there's any data on pregnant women from that era?

                If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

                by marykk on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 11:18:14 AM PST

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              •  my grandmother... (1+ / 0-)
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                had lasting effects on her liver, apparently -- a dr (who didn't know her) once joshed her about being a tippler (based on some test result or other) and she almost took off his head, 8-)  her father drank, so she was tea-total!  

                She would have been about 20 when she had it.  Two years before my father was born, so I've always been glad she survived!

                "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

                by chimene on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 10:14:16 PM PST

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          •  Read The Great Influenza (2+ / 0-)
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            by John Barry for a frightening historical (1918)look at how virus' morph, relapse and reappear over a course of years.  It is imperitive no one especially the CDC become complacent.  Already we've had species jump of the virus.  

            •  It is interesting (0+ / 0-)

              that the 1918 is called the Spanish Flu but it tracked back to pig farms in the US. I think Kansas, one of the midwestern states.

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