* And here’s an update from the Illinois Department of Public Health which just arrived in my in-box…
State Public Health Director Announces 9 Probable Cases of Swine Flu in Illinois
Proclamation issued to ensure medicine and medical supplies are readily available
SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, announced there are currently nine probable cases of swine flu in Illinois: five in Cook County (all within the Chicago city limits), one in DuPage County, two in Kane County and one in Lake County. A probable case means the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has tested a specimen and found that it is positive for influenza A, but it could not be subtyped. The Department has shipped three of the nine probable cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to perform final testing to confirm if the cases are positive for swine flu, and the other six will be shipped later day.
The federal government has declared a health emergency and identified a potential threat to the health and safety of the citizens of Illinois. A Gubernatorial Proclamation issued by Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday allows for the mobilization of state assets, as the Governor deems necessary, to aid in the distribution of medical supplies and other actions needed to protect public’s health and safety.
How are you feeling? I’ve been sick all week. Can’t shake it. Maybe the guv can mobilize some services my way.
There had been no confirmed deaths in the United States related to swine flu as of Tuesday afternoon. But another virus had killed thousands of people since January and is expected to keep killing hundreds of people every week for the rest of the year.
That one? The regular flu.
Since I’m pretty sure I have the “regular” flu, I am not comforted at all by the above story.
* Ill. spot for migrants vigilant about swine flu: An emergency services chief in a southern Illinois county where migrants gather each spring to work the apple and peach orchards says many there are concerned about the possible spread of swine flu linked to Mexico. But Union County’s Dana Pearson adds that there’s no need for anyone around Cobden to feel alarmed. He says the area so far only has a few families of migrants, and they’re from Tennessee and Texas.
Woke up to find that my daughter got sick in her bed, and then she got sick at the breakfast table. She hasn’t had much of an appetite the last couple of days either. But, I’m not too worried about it being swine flu. Teething probably has a lot to do with it.
I have a vague recollection of the ‘76 swine flu panic, but only because of some other health related stuff that was going on in my family at the time.
What I do remember is, “Fears arose as to possible debilitating side effects of the vaccine (some claimed that it caused a neurological condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome), and the government proved unable to offer reassurance… (New Yorker).” And that is what I think of every. single. time. when flu shots get offered since then.
This shows one of the problems when the media picks up on medical issues and start running it endless on news. People get scared for no reason, my fiancee grandmother is panicked over the swine flu. The government and media should take steps to prepare the public and protect the public health, but they should not run on half truths and sensationalize speculation.
Rich, the CNN article said that 90+% of the deaths from regular flu are people over 65, most of whom were already weakened by other health problems. I know the Illinois legislature ages us all in dog years, but I think (and hope) you’ll be okay.
According to the material I’ve read, in 1976 about 25 deaths were linked to swine flu shots, and a total of about 400 claims for injury or disability due to the shots were eventually made against the federal government (which assumed all liability in order to persuade reluctant drug companies to make the vaccine). Only one person, however, died from the flu itself, an Army recruit at Fort Dix, N.J.
All I remember about swine flu in 76 is Chevy Chase walking around on SNL with a big needle stuck in his arm while constantly falling down stairs and tripping over furniture. That’s how I remembered it was Ford and not Carter.
The Israeli quoted is dumb. The dietary laws are just that, dietary. A Jew can continue to be Orthodox and have a pet pig for goodness sake. As long as he doesn’t eat it, he’s kosher.
Rich, the Swine Flu is nothing to be snorted at ! It starts with a subtle grunting and that is then punctuated by a plosive “oinking” sound. Listen to your body and be careful. A longing to wallow in a mudpuddle clinches it - then it is time to either go to your doctor or find the ugliest wom….. ?