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Swine flu and the flu vaccine

I always hear when you give antibiotics for every little issue, the germs become stronger. Could it be the same thing when it comes to the swine flu? I have always said that over time the flu is going to get much stronger in time. Well, now it has...what do you think?

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Asked by annaandthecrew at 12:26 PM on May. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • i think no matter what its going to get stronger and mutate and become something that no one has seen before. thats how it goes. and the anitbiotics thing i think its stupid to give them for every little thing there are only a few things you really need antibiotics to clear up. most things clear up on their own.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Yep!

    All they do with vaccinations is make a cocktail of the recent strains and hope the scattergun effect works.

    Answer by MizKizzy at 12:37 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Ok, so I disagree for a couple of reasons. One, there are several different strains, it is a virus so no matter how many drugs you take your body has to fight it out like the common cold which we STILL have no cure for at the moment. Two, viruses are harder to fight because they're the longest living thing on the planet. Viruses are the most adaptive micro organisms on the planet. They can jump species and genetics. Finally, swine flu is really scary because it does cross genetics, and it's not killing the weak and the sick. It's taking out healthy humans like you and me. Best thing to do is keep your body's immune system up. This is the only way to prevent any consequences from a virus.

    Answer by Firefly1981 at 12:37 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • It's not antibiotics, they're antivirals

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:21 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Right, it is antivirals not antibiotics, and most cases of this strain of flu are not even being treated with antivirals. The antivirals are for the worst cases where there is a higher chance of complications like pneumonia. Vaccinations may not stop every case of the flu because there are many different strains of the flu (not becoming stronger because of vaccinations). Scientists make an educated guess every year on what strains of flu will be prevalent in the next flu season and they create a vaccine based on those assumptions. With the THOUSANDS of people who die from the flu each year, I wonder how many of those had the vaccine? Probably not too many. My kids get it every year and we have NEVER had the flu, nor have we ever gotten the flu from the flu shot (it's not possible because its not made with live virus in the shot form). I think its important they are working to make a vaccine for H1N1. Could be worse in the fall

    Answer by AprilDJC at 2:00 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • No. It's a different mechanism.
    Antibiotics work by killing off some bacteria. When people don't take it correctly (they take if for a cold or the flu, they only take a few doses so they can save the rest for another time, they stop taking it once they feel better, etc) not all of the bacteria is killed and the ones that remain are more likely to not be killed by that drug - a trait they pass on to their children.
    A vaccine teaches the body what to look for so the body can kill it. Think of it as passing out a mug shot to all the police officers in town and asking them to keep a look out for this guy. When they see him, they are to catch and kill him. With every mutation of a virus (which happen all the time, vaccines or not), the virus gets a "face lift" - making it harder or even impossible for your body's "police" to spot him

    Remember, the Spanish Flu happend before flu vaccines and it was more deadly than WWI.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:06 PM on May. 3, 2009

  • Antibiotics don't come into play here because they can't help viral infections. It's true that bacterial strains can be affected by antibiotics but it isn't the germ getting stronger. Thats why Drs. don't use the good ole pink bubblegum meds much anymore. It just doesn't work.
    As far as this strain of flu, you cannot say what kind of people it is killing because they are all Mexicans and unless you know them all there is no way to tell what condition they are in.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:57 PM on May. 3, 2009

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