Swine Flu Vaccinations & Horrifying Statistics for This Flu Season

I had heard that the Swine Flu was going to hit us pretty hard this year, but these numbers are down right frightening! We neeeed the vaccinations now, and I hope that anyone of any age can take them. Apparently the vaccination will be a series of two shots spread 3 weeks apart. If you don't follow through with the second shot, you're not protected. They also said that this flu is effecting young adults and children more so than other age groups. This really worries me because we can't be with our children 24/7 to make sure that they're fully protected and washing their hands and sanitizing throughout the school day. An Update to my previous post, another child had passed away in about 4 days as well after contracting the Swine Flu and the autopsy showed that she in fact did not have an underlying condition.

Up to half of the population of the U.S. could come down with the swine flu and 90,000 could die this season, according to a dire report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The report, which claims as many as 1.8 million people could end up in the hospital seeking treatment for the H1N1 virus, comes as government officials push drug companies to make a vaccine available next month.

"It's a plausible scenario that we need to be prepared for," said Marty Cetron, the Center for Disease Control's director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.

The report says that under a worst-case scenario, between 60 and 120 million Americans could get sick with the swine flu and another 30 million could contract the virus but not show symptoms. Between 30,000 and 90,000 could die -- more than twice the annual average of deaths associated with the seasonal flu.

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