Nope, not me.
I tend to be "mellowdramatic" (and yes, I meant to spell it that way!!) as opposed to "uberdramatic"...which is, perhaps, why I'm takin' this whole "swine flu" thing with a grain of salt.
Want my opinion?
Hmmm...well, if you don't...do not proceed!! Do not pass Go!!
So, the swine flu...medically, officially, known as the "H1N1" virus. Know what I think? I think it should be called the "bullcrap" virus.
'Cuz that's what I think it is.
Remember the Lyme's Disease scare? Overrated.
Remember the West Nile, mosquito bite encephalitis scare? Overrated.
Remember the Bird Flu scare? Really overrated.
Did you know that approximately 36,000 people die from the regular old seasonal flu every year?
Know how many have died from the swine flu? 477, according to this site.
I talk with the doctors at work, asking their opinion of the swine flu, know what they say? Well, actually, they don't say much, other than, "It's the flu!!" accompanied by a *scoff* and an eye roll.
Now, I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but rumor has it that the media is making more of this flu due to our national healthcare debate (remember this post?)...now there's somethin' to chew on!
I am curious, tho', why the heck this darn flu is getting so much dang attention? A pandemic, they say? Versus an epidemic?
Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but the seasonal flu isn't limited to the US or a small geographical region or population, is it? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I believe the seasonal flu is world wide, no?
And, yet, the seasonal flu is referred to as an "epidemic", while the swine flu is a "pandemic"...I don't get it.
However, now...with all of that said...will I get the H1N1 vaccine? I dunno. I'm torn, 'cuz at work it is "highly recommended"...but out of principle of how I feel about the H1N1 flu, I don't really want to. We are not a "high risk" family, no one pregnant (phew!!), no children with underlying medical/neurological conditions, no one with a chronic illness...our Tiny Girl falls into a high risk category because of her age, but even with that, I feel that her risk is minimal...she goes to a small daycare (and by small, I mean a family friend watches our kids along with hers...that's it).
Honestly? The regular flu scares me more than the H1N1, and for that, we are in the process of getting vaccinated.
And know what else? I think my E.W. had it, as in the swine flu, this summer! Remember his illness? (Check it out here, here, or here if you'd like...)...all the symptoms, 'cept way back then, they ruled it out with a negative influenza A. Turns out, now, that may not have been entirely accurate with that assumption!
Our healthsystem's pediatrician "swine flu guru" recently returned from the CDC in Atlanta...newest news? A negative influenza A is only 50% accurate for diagnosing H1N1!
Confused? Well, as early as this summer, if you were tested for influenza A and B, and A came back positive, they would sent it to the CDC for further culturing for the H1N1, a negative influenza A was considered to also be a negative H1N1...but now that's only been found to be 50% accurate.
Yeah, I totally think he had it! (Interestingly enough, one of the pediatricians who treated him, told me later that there were "several" cases similar to his in the following couple of weeks...interesting.) "So, why didn't everyone else get it?" is what dear old Gram asked, "you know, since it's so contagious."
Well, maybe, perhaps, it's not as contagious as it is portrayed to be. And that is totally, hypothetically, completely my opinion. Entirely. And, please, don't take me for an expert!
I'm just one mama, who happens to be a nurse, who happens to be a bit of a skeptic about the
And, that, my friends, is "My Take" on the swine flu!
Stay healthy, wash your hands, cover your mouth and stay home if you think you have it. Unless, of course:
A. You can't breathe
B. You can't breathe
In which case, you have my permission to go to the ER!! ;)
So, what's YOUR take on the swine flu?