What do I think of military involvement as a whole? I think it’s great. If local governments decide to enforce a city or county quarantine the military will be used to close the roads leading into our cities. Remember in 1918 and 1919 the only people who avoided the flu lived in areas that were quarantined, roads closed, no one in or out.
If antiviral drugs do continue to work in alleviating the symptoms of the flu they will be very precious commodities and the black market for the drugs will boom. We will need the military to protect the transportation and storage of those supplies. Should truckers become ill and supplies to stores become short we will also need the military to protect food and other medical supplies as they are transported and distributed.
Should supplies become difficult to get we will also need the military to help keep the peace as they did during the aftermath of Katrina, protecting our homes and businesses from looters.
I am not saying we could not see martial law but that is far off and there are far more important issues to concentrate on.
Second Question: Health care is pretty personal topic- my family has opted to avoid vaccinations as much as possible. We are especially concerned about reports regarding potential problems with the vaccinations for swine flue– one source for our information is————- We would appreciate your thoughts about the information on vaccinations in general and swine flue vaccination in particular.
I did look at the website this reader referred to but without knowing more about the doctor involved I don’t feel I can promote the site. I would not like to appear to be endorsing someone I had not thoroughly researched. That said, I would like to attempt to answer the question.
First let me make it clear that I am not a doctor. I have no medical background and all your decisions need to be made in consultation with your physician or several physicians.
I am very concerned about the H1N1 vaccine. Sydney Australia’s immunization specialist Robert Booy said recently that twice as many children are likely to die of the swine flu as do the seasonal flu. This is frightening as the H1N1 flu has hit children and young adults very hard. It should be noted that most had pre-existing conditions but that does not alter the concern we should have as parents and grandparents.
Vaccines of the past have proven to be a mixed bag. Some have virtually wiped out diseases, especially in children, that used to kill thousands each year. Others, such as the swine flu vaccine of 1976, have been deadly. Each year pharmaceutical companies adjust the vaccine they manufacture for the seasonal flu, adding new strains and removing others. According to the Center for Disease Control the seasonal flu vaccine is only between 70 and 90 percent effective. I have seen other reports that put that total much lower with only 60-75 percent effective. Even if the number were 65% that is still a lot of people who will not have to suffer with the flu and many lives can be saved.
Seasonal flu vaccines are now available, a month earlier than normal, due to manufacturers gearing up for the production of the H1N1 vaccine. These shots will not protect you against the swine flu but they will prevent many cases of the seasonal flu. For this reason you will need a dose of the seasonal flu vaccine and two doses of the H1N1 vaccine to be completely protected, or at least as protected as possible. If this is sounding a little overwhelming, it is.
There is talk now about vaccinating students within the next month, or as soon as school begins. This vaccine will be for the seasonal flu. I personally am not overly concerned about this vaccine as it contains strains of the virus that have been around for a long time.
There was a question about the squalene adjuvant being included in the H1N1 vaccine. Squalene in a substance which aids in the quick absorption of the vaccine and gets it working earlier (how’s that for a layman’s explanation). It has previously been banned in the United States as some studies have concluded it posed some danger. I have seen articles contending this is in the new H1N1 vaccine but I have not been able to confirm that with sources who do not have a stake in the game. It is so difficult to determine what the agendas are of the sources you read. I tend to discount doctors who condemn a product and then try to sell you herbs or pills. I am also sceptical of the government information I am finding as they have allowed production to go forward before any human testing has been done.
Cutting to the chase. I do not want any of my family to become ill or to die from this new flu. It is deadly and it is strong and it is moving fast. It has not yet mutated so it is still mild, in most case. I also, do not want my family members being vaccinated until after complete studies on humans have been completed. I do not want to see a repeat of the fiasco associated with the swine flu vaccine 41 years ago. I guess that is one reason I am so committed to spreading the word for families to be prepared to self quarantine. I am still incredibly frustrated that the media has not made any effort to help us prepare.
One more thing. Today I heard a report on the news. A doctor was asked about wearing masks during a pandemic and his advice was to forget it. He said they were not effective and should be ignored. I am really frustrated with that response! Every medical institution in this nation is stockpiling N95 masks. The CDC and WHO both recommend wearing masks. You have to decide that for yourselves also, but take a second and think about it logically.
First, if the mask is even 10% effective in preventing your family member from getting the flu would you choose to wear it? I would. This flu may not seem very frightening because, to date, it has been very mild, but since I have a sister-in-law who got double pneumonia with the flu and a friend who experience hallucinations for two days, I am erring on the side of caution.
Second. Masks are not just to protect you from germs in the air. They are also important in preventing germs from escaping when someone sneezes. If the germs are trapped, even just a portion of them, behind the mask, that reduces the risk to me of becoming ill. Also, germs may be trapped from someone who is contagious but does not yet have symptoms and who has no idea they are spreading the virus. Again I would rather err on the side of caution.
Remember: Prep Not Panic