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Why is everyone flipping out over the swine flu thing?

People are acting like this is a new thing, FLU has been around forever. It kills hundreds of people every year.

The CDC does not report on adult death of flu, but they do report childrens death, here they are, and remember, this is just children, not the elderly.

ow many children have died from flu-associated complications during previous flu seasons?

* During the 2003-04 Season, 153 flu-associated deaths in children were reported to CDC.
* During the 2004-05 Season, 47 deaths in children were reported to CDC.
* During the 2005-06 Season, 46 deaths in children were reported to CDC.
* As of August 6, 2007, 68 deaths in children occurring during the 2006-07 season have been reported to C

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Apr. 29, 2009 in Kids' Health

Answers (6)
  • Mass hysteria. It's fun.
    prettyrayray

    Answer by prettyrayray at 4:48 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • Because the media is scaring everyone!  We have one confirmed case in our entire state~ Yes it is one county over from us~ But still...  The news acts like its the plague or something!!!!

    nikk1331

    Answer by nikk1331 at 4:50 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • It is killing HEALTHY people ages 25-40. So, it "could" wipe out a generation of parents and leave young kids and old people to fend for themselves. Flipping out as you call it may protect us. We call it being prepared and aware.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • If it's killing healthy people between 25 - 40, why has the only death in the US been that of a 23 MONTH old child? Plus they are retesting the Mexicans who supposedly have died of this strain of flu, and the death toll due to the swine flu is going way down. It's a strain of the flu, take normal precautions that you would in regular flu season and in most cases you'll be fine. But that doesn't make "good" copy, a pandemic that will kill us all sells way more papers.
    canadianmom1974

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 5:24 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • I think it's cause for concern because of how rapidly it's changing. People want to be prepared and know that there's treatment (that works) available if they happen to get it.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 5:36 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

  • Thank the media for at least getting us all in the "know." While I don't agree with the barrage of stories on it, I am thankful to know about it and to not ignore any flu like symptoms. Yes, the flu kills every year but certain strains can wipe out countries. That is why it is different. If it gets out of control, there may not be enough Tamiflu for the world.
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 7:03 PM on Apr. 29, 2009

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