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    Call me crazy, but I'm not too worried, and there's a good chance that I'll end up getting it. My mom is a teacher for an elementary school. So many parents are either unable to take the day(s) off to keep their sick kids at home, or treat the school like some kind daycare. What the kids come in with, my mom comes out with. And then it comes home.

    But from everything I've heard it's just another flu. I think it's more of a concern for the young, the elderly, and the auto-immune impaired. Certainly, do all you can to prevent it, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

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    I wouldn't worry yet. I think the media is just hyping this up. The WHO is the one to get info from. Here's from today:
    http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04_28/en/index.html

    28 April 2009--The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 19:15 GMT, 28 April 2009, seven countries have officially reported cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 64 laboratory confirmed human cases, with no deaths. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths.

    The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the United Kingdom (2), Israel (2) and Spain (2).

    Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis.

    WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

    There is also no risk of infection from this virus from consumption of well-cooked pork and pork products. Individuals are advised to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water on a regular basis and should seek medical attention if they develop any symptoms of influenza-like illness.
    Initial reports were apparently wrong! It seems to me that normal seasonal flu is far more dangerous based on what we've seen so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Est View Post
    Call me crazy, but I'm not too worried
    But from everything I've heard it's just another flu. I think it's more of a concern for the young, the elderly, and the auto-immune impaired.
    I'm not THAT worried anymore, but I'm still just a bit concerned. But that's a good point, those are most likely the targets. Also, people who are going to the airports might be vulnerable.

    Certainly, do all you can to prevent it, but I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
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    Its either the flu or the swine flu, shes really sick, she skipped 5 days of school.

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    well, my flu lasted 2 weeks... (I think)

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    I still wouldn't be too terribly concerned with H1N1. Tens of thousands die per year from conventional flus but that doesn't quite reach the saturation point with our twenty-four hour news cycle. What's that old Joseph Stalin quote? "One death is a tragedy and a thousand is a statistic." Who's to know what ultimately caused the deaths in Mexico, after all? During the time I spent there back in the eighties, the medical practices were just short of medieval (pregnant women were still widely told by some clinics to come indoors during eclipses to protect their unborn) -- and Mexico City was the last place where I actually saw ether being used . . .



    Quote Originally Posted by Indiana Gardener View Post
    I just got this in my e-mail from the local news station.

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    Swine flu case confirmed at Notre Dame
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    Hello This is a breaking news alert from Fox 28




    SOUTH BEND (FOX 28 - WSJV) - A Notre Dame student has the first confirmed
    case of the swine flu in Indiana. The Indiana Health Department says the
    case was found in St. Joseph County.

    The Indiana health commissioner said Tuesday that the Notre Dame student is
    "doing well."

    State health Commissioner Judy Monroe said the person was a young adult
    from northern Indiana. This is the first confirmed swine flu case in the
    state of Indiana.

    She said the case had been confirmed in testing by the Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention.

    The agency said Sunday that it had sent two flu specimens for tests by the
    CDC. The agency said the flu specimens did not match other strains that
    Indiana has seen this year.
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    I personally agree with you cap. Its just another flu strain. There are two vaccines that are reported to work on it. And the deaths of the individuals with this particular flu were probably not of the best of health. Imo its just people freaking out because of the whole 2012 apocalypse thing. I call BS

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    Kris, do you mean me, est, or bigbella? looking back I don't see where cap said that.

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