Is debilitating or lethal side effects in every 1 out of 100,000 a small enough number to make you feel safe getting the “swine flu” vaccination? Does the possibility of 30,000 Americans dying from a vaccination in which they hoped would protect them sound justifiable? These are questions that are becoming very personal to each and every informed person in the world. At what point do we see the benefits out weighing the risks? The H1N1 mortality rate is about 2.3%. And the vaccination mortality rate is yet to be determined. It has not been out long enough to really know. But it has been assumed by the CDC that 30,000 Americans will die from the vaccination and that is possibly a low estimate. So, like I said, it is a very personal question as to what you consider the safer option for you and your family. The risk of getting the swine flu in which only 2.3% could die from, or the risk of getting the vaccination with the possibility of 1 (or more) in 100,000 suffering debilitating or lethal side effects.

The reason I feel that we are getting conflicting information from the CDC, WHO, and everywhere else is that here we have information like that contained in the first article below about the risks of the vaccination. And then we have everything else around us saying how great the vaccination is and how everyone is urged to receive it. This is even though we hear yet more conflicting information from people such as Doctor George Hossfeld of the University of Illinois hospital, who stated to the Chicago Flame, “I’ve seen Swine Flu Epidemic #1 (1976, under President Gerald Ford) and Swine Flu Epidemic #2 (2009, under President Barak Obama). Both times America spent billions of dollars and killed more people with the treatments than the disease.”

I suppose we will just keep watching as this evolves to see what the possible side effects really turn out to be and to see if the H1N1 virus really becomes as big of a threat as we have been lead to believe. In the mean time, look for signs of the virus in your area becoming more wide spread and simply avoid contact with large crowds, wash hands frequently, and if you feel it becomes necessary, wear masks.

Resources Sited:

http://www.theflucase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=506%3Acdc-states-h1n1-vaccine-may-maim-and-kill-30000-americans&catid=41%3Ahighlighted-news&Itemid=105&lang=en

http://media.www.chicagoflame.com/media/storage/paper519/news/2009/08/24/Pulse/H1n1-Vaccine.Safety-3755936.shtml

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