Depending on who you speak to in the medical community, H1N1 is officially over. Or not. Proving once again that the most consistent thing in medical community is inconsistency:
It was the flu that would end all flus, and then H1N1 fizzled out failing to bring the death and destruction that so many feared would come when swine flu swept through Canada.
Health officials haven’t recorded any significant activity for months and the last death attributed to swine flu in Canada was back in January, but the World Health Organization has yet to call off its global pandemic.
Dr. Margaret Chan says in published reports that the United Nations-based WHO could drop the global pandemic alert within the next few weeks.
And sure enough, last month, WHO (not the rock band, the health folk) officially declared swine flu over and done. Mostly. It seems some of the WHO members didn’t receive the memo:
WHO declared the swine flu pandemic over last month. The latest death toll is just over 18,600 — far below the millions that were once predicted. The head of the global health body has credited good preparation and luck, since the H1N1 swine flu virus didn’t mutate as some had feared.
But speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an influenza conference in Hong Kong, researcher Robert Webster warned against complacency.
“We may think we can relax and influenza is no longer a problem. I want to assure you that that is not the case,” said Webster, chairman of the virology and molecular biology department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Webster predicted that the next pandemic could be sparked by a virus that spreads from water fowl to pigs and then onto humans — such as the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has killed 300 people over the past seven years. He noted that after several years of decline, the number of bird flu cases in humans increased in 2009, lifted by an uptick of cases in Egypt.
The time to panic is now. You heard what “researcher” Webster said – we cannot relax (ever), the next pandemic COULD be sparked by a virus blah blah blah. That’s good enough proof for The Mayor. What I would like to see are boatloads upon boatloads of money funneled to various unaccountable UN research groups to study the implications of what might happen if something possibly, maybe might take place if an imaginary virus or viruses conceivably spreads, perhaps and by chance, from water fowl to pigs and then onto humans. And then, from humans, to werewolves, to vampires, to the set of The Vampire Diaries.
Not only did Webster (not the short black kid from the show of the same name, but the “researcher” with WHO – again, not the rock band but the health people) not receive the memo that swine flu is kaput, but the entire country of Finland didn’t get the memo either:
The Finnish National Institute for Health (THL) proposed suspending vaccinations for H1N1 swine flu, due to suspected links to increased narcolepsy in children and adolescents, the body announced this week.
Six cases of narcolepsy, a chronic disorder causing excessive daytime sleepiness and extreme fatigue, have been reported after patients had been receiving the Pandemrix vaccine.
Six cases of narcolepsy is consistent with annual averages, reports THL, but all of these patients were affected after being vaccinated, and there are nine additional cases that have not yet been confirmed.
It seems the only thing that will you sicker than swine flu is getting the vaccination for swine flu.
Narcolepsy is alright if you don’t mind sleeping 23 hours a day for the rest of your life, but if that happened to The Mayor, I wouldn’t be able to watch Ace of Cakes every week, so I’ll have to pass on the vaccination.
If someone wanted to make a ton of money, they would come up with a vaccination to inoculate people from the actual swine flu vaccination. It seems every time I hear of people dying or getting sick from the swine flu vaccination, the health monkeys always say, “that’s consistent with annual averages”. That’s one hell of an annual average the swine flu shot has, isn’t it?
The Mayor said this last fall/winter and I’ll say it again: do not get inoculated against swine flu or any other designer flu the robot media tells you to get. Just stay away from licking peoples hands and face and you’ll be alright. And you might want to stay away from The Pacific Mall in Markham.
That is all.