4. The 1918 pandemic attached and killed mainly young, healthy, people, the same victim profile as this flu strain. Seasonal flu, however, tends to attach the elderly, the very young and those with compromised immune systems.
5. The present method for developing a flu vaccine is 60-70 years old.
6. Tamiflu was affective in relieving flu symptoms in only 10% of seasonal flu victims last year. A good reason NOT to run to the doctor and get a stockpile now. It may not work at all when the next wave comes.
I heard an interesting conversation on the news last night. They were discussing the difference in the values of 1918 and now and how that would impact a pandemic. They explained how in 1918 everyone pulled together and cared for each other. They planted gardens and shared their harvests. They took care of their neighbors. The commentators wondered if this time we would see civil unrest, rioting and looting like we did after Katrina. I hope not.