Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Swine flu deaths around the world exceeding 1,100

According to this CNN story, the World Health Organization is reporting that global swine flu deaths are exceeding 1,100. We know that H1N1 is an unstoppable pandemic. This virus has spread in six weeks like how the common flu virus spreads in six months! We're waiting for effective vaccines and I'm sure we'll see them. The question in my mind is: will we have enough vaccines?

So who should get the vaccine?
The priority groups include pregnant women, health care and emergency services personnel, children, adolescents and young adults from six months to 24 years of age, household and caregiver contacts of children younger than six months and healthy adults with certain medical conditions.
Even though there are strong public health campaigns to get people vaccinated, we know that some simply won't receive the vaccine. Either they will refuse it, or they won't have access to medical care. Some won't make it a priority and they won't get the swine flu vaccine in time. Will we have enough anti-viral therapies for all those who don't receive a vaccine?

1 comment:

  1. It is easy to yell “hype” when this pandemic seems to be a bit of a fizzle. Think again. A fairly good worldwide response in terms of action and communication should make us all feel a bit less worried when the next viral mutant appears.