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Why is there such a big deal about Swine Flu?

The regular, seasonal influenza virus has killed 13,000 people since January and kills about 36,000 people a year. Why is this particular flu such a big deal?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:55 PM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • because its becoming a pandemic and people are dying

    Answer by Breezy1988 at 9:56 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Because the people who are dying from swine flu are in their prime. They are in their 20s and 30s and do not have compromised immune systems. The stronger your immune system the more harder this virus fights.

    Answer by beckcorc at 9:58 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • people in mexico are dying and only in mexico. i honestly believe it is because they live in such poor areas. in boxes... use nasty water.... drink nasty water. dont have great healthcare if any at all... its dirty down there and has nasty pollution i really beleive they are dying there from the flu but ALSO from the poor ways they are living.

    im not worried about it at all...

    you know how many people die in car accidents a day......does that mean we should stop driving cars??

    no you can live your life worried about every single thing

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • To all those worrying about the swine flu, look at the mass hype scare that happened in '76. The swine flu was made out to be pandemic and blah blah blah, only to have it taper off on its own. Oh, and it never reached the epic proportions the gov't said it would.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Because they media is making it thier goal to scare people shitless! If you are clean, practice good hygiene, and try to stay healthy (eat healthy, get plenty of rest) You should be just fine.

    Answer by BabyBeans0506 at 10:10 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • A pandemic doesn't mean that lots of people are dying. It means an infectious and contagious disease that is spreading over multiple regions. An epidemic is the same but only in one location. This is a pandemic because it is already international. It can be a pandemic without being a catastrophe...

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:18 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Because Influenza Virus has alredy a Vaccine and treatment... Swine Flu doesn't!

    Answer by PilyFernandez at 10:25 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • The Swine flu in 76 never reached epic proportions because of mass vaccinations. The problem with the vaccinations is some people had seizures or got paralyzed from them. I think it was about 40 people--out of thousands vaccinated nationwide.

    Do some research mama. This is untrue. It'd be nice if vaxxing was the cause of the decr. but the vax didn't come out until AFTER the initial hype. (It's impossible for it to have came out the same time as the "hype"). Also, some 200 cases and 1 death were reported as a result of that swine flue outbreak. Though 25 deaths, and more than 500 people developed Guillain-Barre syndrome. This was the direct result of of the CDC calling for mass-vaxxing. So if they do want mass vaxxing like they did then, HELL-to-the-NO!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • The ordinary influenza kills the very old, the very young, the feeble and those who do not avail themselves of a readily available, inexpensive vaccine. Swine flu vaccine has to be specially prepared, and without it, it kills the young, strong, healthy members of society. THAT'S why there is such a big deal about it. They have to make a whole new vaccine in a limited amount of time.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

  • Because its a good distraction from the economy

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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