H1N1 Is Overhyped


SU students were recently informed about a pair of students infected with Type A influenza, also known as H1N1, and most commonly referred to as “Swine Flu.” Having recently returned to the US from the southern hemisphere, where countries were worst affected by this virus due to their winter season, I shrugged the email off as just another random fact of the day. The next day in class, a student walked in, sniffing and with red eyes. She told everyone she just had a cold, yet another student still asked her to stay seated at the far end of the room, just in case she had “the plague”. This reference to Type A influenza emphasizes the way most students feel at Southwestern.

Basically, the erroneous idea is that if you acquire the virus, you will die, and you will take everyone around you with you. And judging from all the sensationalist news broadcasts regarding Swine Flu, no one can be blamed for thinking of Type A influenza as another version of the plagues that exterminated most of the world’s population throughout the middle ages.

So to decipher the truth and determine just how serious Swine Flu is, this reporter has decided to consult the experts, in this case the Center for Disease Control. They have a website that focuses on the H1N1 virus, and here are some very important facts found on their website .
As with regular seasonal flu, there are people who are at most risk when contracting the H1N1 virus, specifically “children younger than five years, pregnant women, and any person with chronic medical conditions.” Not surprisingly, about 70 per cent of those who have been hospitalized because of the H1N1 virus are people with these pre-existing conditions.

Basically, the lessons are: (1) If you suspect you have the Swine Flu, do NOT freak out; see your school nurse or your doctor and ask for advice. (2) You should protect yourself by washing your hands, not rubbing your eyes, and disinfecting all surfaces, as well as other additional precautions, at ALL times, because even without H1N1, there are still other diseases out there that you do not want to acquire.

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12 Responses to H1N1 Is Overhyped

  1. Im really scared about the swine flu…my wife is a nurse and pregnant so she is around these virus all the time. Since pregnant women are more susceptible…im saying my prayers every night. My prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this horrible virus.

  2. anxietyboy says:

    H1N1 or Swine Flu is a bit scary but it a good thing to note that this virus is not that very deadly. .

  3. john says:

    people here are getting extreamly sick due to h1n1 me i might have it

  4. Paco says:

    There is actually not a single clinical test that could diferenciate Type A Influenza than Seasonal Flu. Not a single one. Nowadays they can make a “diagnostic” only by telephone making some simple questions to know if you have symptoms just like the normal flu. Come on, this is not serious. Human body has enough resources to fihgt agains H1N1 virus just the same than with normal flu. Just have plenty of D vitamin and you will be set.

    Don’t trust me. Be informed, and, in the name of God, DO NOT PUT THE VACCINE, or you WILL be heavily sick.

    Make you due dilligence.

  5. Lane Hill says:

    If the body has enough resources to fight off H1N1, then why are people dying from it?

    Also, Vitamin D isn’t involved at all at fighting off sickness and is instead used in mood regulation (it’s actually a possible reason why suicide rates are higher during the winter).

    Actually, Type A Influenza isn’t really a medical condition, but more of a classification. There is a difference though, as Type As usually show off more symptoms (such as in H1N1, you get a runny nose, diarrhea and vomiting with the standard flu package).

    You won’t get sick with the Swine Flu vaccine, because it’s supposed to guard your body’s defenses against the vaccine. You can get sick with the seasonal flu shot, as to put out with a vaccine for that is a matter of statistics and prediction to see which strain of Type C flu is going to be the most common.

  6. Tac says:

    “If the body has enough resources to fight off H1N1, then why are people dying from it?”

    where is your claim? the newspapers?

    this is propaganda and public relations at its finnest. taking todays seasonal flu and placing a dangerous title on it…. if you beleive it and consent to the shot, shame on you and lie in your bed when you make it.

    all public “vaccenations” are a joke. you want health, see a private doctor and watch your daily social habbits.

  7. Lane Hill says:

    Actually, my sources are blogs. Blogs ran by doctors. http://sciencebasedmedicine.org is one of them. They all pretty much disagree with you, and as someone who has had the seasonal flu vaccine every year, I never had the flu from it either. Or maybe my immune system is strong.

    And yet…I seem to know people who had the shot, and gotten the flu, but never died from the flu. In fact, I don’t know people who died from any flu vaccine at all. The only report is a report in a newspaper, but we can’t trust those right, since they’re a vehicle for Big Pharma.

    Oh wait, this is a website of a newspaper. Does this mean I don’t trust myself?

  8. rob says:

    I had the vaccine everyone I know has the virus, I’m fine

  9. Greg says:

    Where to start…

    Any viral INFECTION is always potentially deadly. However, what keeps you alive is your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

    Vaccines DO NOT prevent you from getting an infection, the best a vaccine can do is STIMULATE your immune system, or at least prepare it, for infection by imitating in some way the virus’ code or WASTE MATERIAL.

    If you have a healthy lifestyle, and understand how to take care of an infection, H1N1 has a very little chance of killing you. Note that it is your IMMUNE SYSTEM, no matter the recommendations by doctors or the CDC, that is the MOST EFFECTIVE against an infection. Vaccines, vitamins, etc all stimute what you already have, they do not replace or take over what your body already knows how to do.

    Immune responses: coughing, sneezing, fever, vomit, skin rashes, shitting, aches and pains, etc – all mean your body is WORKING, not broken. Colds are made DEADLY by trying to remove symtoms, which are necessary actions of the body to rid itself of toxins. Extreme symtoms are an exception, but the point is, your immune system works better at higher temperatures, so you shouldn’t try to get rid of a fever, but stay warm and keep your body at around 100 to help it fight, stay HYDRATED and eat healthy, wholesome food to feed your cells.

    Thanks and get sick, its good for you.

  10. Mark Agustin says:

    the H1N1 or Swine Flu virus did put our country in disarray for quite sometime, it is good to know that at least it did not cause so many deaths.

  11. Rabbit Cages says:

    I think the threat for H1n1 is going down…but its still here. We need to be cautious and make sure everyone is getting their vaccines.

  12. Thank you for a great post! I appreciate the time you’ve taken. (The theme is pretty cool too!)

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