i went to a canadian news link posted on another site, and saw the following article:
(two and a half weeks after i had the seasonal flu vaccine, i got the flu, which seems to validate the article.)
i wonder why the information hasn't been picked up by the cdc. seasonal flu shot may increase h1n1 risk last updated: wednesday, september 23, 2009 | 10:03 pm et cbc news across canada, public health authorities are fiercely debating the idea of shortening, delaying or scrapping their seasonal flu vaccination campaign in favour of mass inoculation against h1n1. (greg baker/associated press)
preliminary research suggests the seasonal flu shot may put people at greater risk for getting swine flu, cbc news has learned.
"this is some evidence that has been floated. it hasn't been validated yet, it's very preliminary," cautioned dr. don low, microbiologist-in-chief at mount sinai hospital in toronto.
"this is obviously important data to help guide policy decisions. how can we best protect people against influenza?"
it's important to validate the information, which has not been peer reviewed, to make sure it's not just a fluke, and that the observation is confirmed elsewhere such as in the southern hemisphere, which just completed its seasonal flu season, or in the u.s. and uk.
four canadian studies involved about 2,000 people, health officials told cbc news. researchers found people who had received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the h1n1 virus.
researchers know that, theoretically, when people are exposed to bacteria or a virus, it can stimulate the immune system to create antibodies that facilitate the entry of another strain of the virus or disease. dengue fever is one example, low said. no seasonal flu shot?
the latest finding raises questions about the order in which to get flu shots.
across canada, public health authorities are debating the idea of shortening, delaying or scrapping their seasonal flu vaccination campaign in favour of mass inoculation against h1n1.
the main reason is that h1n1 may be the dominant strain of influenza circulating when the fall flu season hits, meaning it could be a waste of time and resources to mount a seasonal flu vaccine campaign.
health authorities in quebec are considering cancelling or postponing seasonal flu shots for some groups, such as healthy, younger adults.
the public health agency of canada says it's up to provinces and territories to decide on when to roll out flu shots.
"we don't know with this year's flu shot how it interacts with the pandemic flu shot, so it's a worry," said dr. michael gardam, director of infectious diseases prevention and control at the ontario agency for health protection
here's another thing about transmission of disease causing contaminents in the air we breathe
that we've known about planes, which have issues about opening windows, but in office, hospital, clinic, and hotels there are often no openable windows.....
"most buildings, especially business centres and hospitals are sealed, with no openings for fresh air circulation; questions were raised in the late 1970's and early '80's about safety / hazards or hvac and, i believe, we are now seeing some of the results." skol_fir wrote:
at 11:00 am eti have just come across a succinctly worded blog article from today, written by an md, which emphasizes the foolishness of following hearsay evidence to craft public policy. thousands of lives could be endangered because a premature news release scares people into avoiding potentially life-saving measures. we need to pay heed to his warning.
the article is entitled "cold flusion" and can be found at:
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(sept. 25, 2009) seasonal flu shot may increase h1n1 risk
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(sept. 23, 2009) swine flu protocol signed for first nations
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(sept. 18, 2009) h1n1 vaccine in babies worries expert
(sept. 17, 2009) swine flu outbreak hits vancouver island first nations
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(sept. 17, 2009) h1n1 vaccine priority groups released
sept. 16, 2009 h1n1 vaccines get u.s. approval
sept. 15, 2009 1 dose of canada's h1n1 shot protects adults: company
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sept. 11, 2009 vaccinate kids early to fight swine flu
sept. 10, 2009 h1n1 infects cells deep in lungs
sept. 10, 2009 swine flu deaths top 2,800 worldwide
sept. 4, 2009 canada's swine flu vaccine coming in october
sept. 3, 2009 swine flu vaccine on schedule: health minister
sept. 2, 2009 flu vaccine plan will be too slow: cmaj
august 31, 2009 feds, first nations leaders at odds on swine flu preparations
august 29, 2009 swine flu vaccine funding boosted
august 27, 2009 swine flu 'czar' needed: cma journal
august 17, 2009 canada to order 50.4 million h1n1 vaccine doses
august 6, 2009 universities brace for fall swine flu wave
july 30, 2009 canadian swine flu vaccine set for october
july 17, 2009 alcohol-based sanitizers for flu-hit first nations delayed over substance abuse fears
june 23, 2009 who declares swine flu pandemic, no change in canada's approach
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may 3, 2009 no sustained spread of swine flu virus outside north america: who
may 2, 2009 canada doing all that's needed to respond to swine flu: pm
april 30, 2009 who boosts pandemic alert level to 5
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