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    WHO update: H1N1

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    Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 86

    5 February 2010 -- As of 31 January 2010, worldwide more than 209 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 15174 deaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdcleanfun View Post
    WHO


    Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 - update 86

    5 February 2010 -- As of 31 January 2010, worldwide more than 209 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 15174 deaths.
    Correct me if I am wrong but don't we have over 30,000 deaths in the US annually from the regular flu? Only 15,174 world wide from H1N1!

    Did not get the shot and I am alive and well!
    Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. - Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by MADnMO View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong but don't we have over 30,000 deaths in the US annually from the regular flu? Only 15,174 world wide from H1N1!

    Did not get the shot and I am alive and well!
    never got the shot either.. I was also around my sister's family who were all sick at the same time with the swine flu.. they never got the shot either.. they recovered, and I never got sick.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    I never take flu shots of any kind and I have had the flu only once in the last 25-30 years. I worry more about what I could get from the shots than the chance of getting the flu.

    http://www.torontosun.com/news/colum.../12774076.html


    Tuesday, February 9, 2010



    News Columnists / Michele Mandel
    Flu shot blamed for paralysis

    Kingston woman on mend, hoping to walk again

    By MICHELE MANDEL, Toronto Sun

    Last Updated: 6th February 2010, 8:07pm



    Just before Christmas, Stephanie Willette went from being a healthy nursing student to suddenly being a helpless patient paralyzed from the neck down with a tracheotomy so she could breathe.

    Today the 20-year-old is slowly recovering in a Kingston rehab hospital, still unable to sit up, but hoping that she’ll eventually walk again.

    The Lindsay woman is yet another person stricken with Guillain Barre Syndrome, yet another whose family blames her H1N1 flu shot for triggering the rare neurological condition.

    “They can’t prove it, but they can’t disprove it. She was perfectly fine until two weeks after her shot,” says her angry mom Karen. “I think there’s a lot more cases out there than the government’s letting on. It’s a big secret.”

    According to the ministry of health, they are investigating just four reported cases of GBS in Ontario following the province’s mass inoculation of five million people.

    But we’ve already told the harrowing stories of two patients who blame their debilitating onset of GBS on the swine flu shot — which they received within days of each other at the same Markham doctors’ clinic.

    Since then, four more GBS victims have come forward to the Sunday Sun. With the addition of a Hamilton case reported last November, that’s seven Ontario cases by our count alone.

    So exactly how many have really been devastated by this highly touted vaccine? And why is Quebec the only province that has a no-fault compensation program for the unlucky few who suffer such a crippling side effect?

    GBS can cause mild muscle weakness or severe paralysis and is diagnosed in about 600 Canadians every year after a bout with food-borne bacteria, viral infection or surgery.

    Far more rarely, it can develop up to six weeks after a flu shot. It’s there in the waiver’s fine print: The risk of getting GBS after any flu vaccine is about one for every million doses.

    While increased cases of GBS were found after the 1976 swine flu vaccine, there’s been no similar upsurge reported with this season’s shot. But how many cases are not being properly reported?

    As of Jan. 23, the Public Health Agency of Canada was tracking 24 cases following vaccination, or .95 per million as expected. “Concerns about GBS have not emerged in connection with H1N1 vaccines,” the agency says.

    That’s hardly comforting to another mother who almost lost her son last month.

    “These numbers mean absolutely nothing when your child is lying in intensive care fighting for his life,” says Cathy, whose son asked that their last name not be used. “Then the odds are more like one in one.”

    Her son Michael was a strapping, fit 26-year-old hospital worker who began complaining of tingling in his feet four weeks after his H1N1 shot. On Dec. 5, as he was losing feeling in his legs, his mom rushed him to St. Joseph’s hospital. A spinal tap confirmed GBS.

    And then he deteriorated so quickly that he spent four days in intensive care, completely paralyzed.

    “It was brutal,” Michael recalls, back at his Etobicoke home. “You’re trapped inside your brain. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t even swallow my own spit. It was hell and there was a time I just wanted to die.”

    He’s one of the lucky ones. His recovery has been almost as stunningly quick as his descent into paralysis. After a month in hospital and two weeks at West Park rehab, he’s weak, but walking again. “It feels like a bad dream,” he says.

    But not for his mother. She wrote a scathing letter to several health officials, including Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada’s chief medical officer of health who has spent months urging everyone to get their H1N1 shot.

    “I look forward to your replies as to how you can compensate Michael for his pain and suffering since all health officials promise over and over again that the H1N1 vaccine is safe,” she wrote. “What will you do for unlucky people such as Michael?”

    A month later, and no one has even had the decency to reply.

    Read Mandel every Sunday, Thursday and Friday. [email protected] or 416-947-2231.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I have to get the flu shots every year, never had any kind of reaction in my more-than-50 years. The last time I got the flu because I forgot to get the shot it almost killed me because of my asthma, it turned into bronchial pneumonia which took months to clear. If you are healthy and don't have any compromise to your immune system then more power to ya. I lived too long in the lower California smog so I'm not so healthy anymore. Sux!

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