Quote from melmarie23
the morbity and mortality for H1N1 is no different from the seasonal flu. What that foxnews article fails to include (and others as well when such fatalities are reported) is whether those who died had predisposing conditions that may have contributed, such an an immunocompromised state, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease etc. Pregnancy also puts you at risk for having complications from the flu, both seasonal and H1N1.
Otherwise healthy people are better apt at fighting this off.
its important to educate yourself before buying into the media's scare tactics.
Trust me, I'm the last person to advocate for Fox New's journalistic credentials. But to say that H1N1 Flu is the same as seasonal flu is just plain incorrect. Yes, they have the same symptoms, but their morbidity per capita is different - namely H1N1 is very virulent and more dangerous.
Those statistics about how many people got hit with H1N1 is from last year. This is a new year where it will be with us for the whole season from the beginning unlike last year. Furthermore, vaccinations work best when we as a population have a high population cohort that is immune. If people start opting out in droves, it will defeat the purpose.
Also, inevitably, people will get sick with the virus and will want something for it. They will get anti-biotics despite all efforts, and then bacteria will start to become even more resistant.
Furthermore, the more people that are immune to this the less chance there are for the virus to propagate and mutate to potentially become resistant.
Simply put, there is no good reason not to get it. There are no preservatives (such as thimerosal) in the vaccines - even though there is no evidence whatsoever as to thimerosal having any adverse effects. Vaccination is our first line of defense for very good reasons.