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  1. Saw this interesting map of H1N1 fatalities. I'm sure there must be a better one to represent the U.S., so if you find one, please post it here.
  2. Has the vax program reduced flu deaths over the years? I keep hearing the same numbers, around 35,000 deaths annually. How do we then say that the flu vax program is effective if the numbers aren't reducing? My Mother works at a nursing home. She says every year there are many deaths at the nursing home related to flu but yet most of the residents are receiving the flu vax. Just wondering...
  3. H1N1 kills 13-year-old Toronto boy; dad urges parents to watch kids carefully TORONTO — A grief-stricken father whose otherwise healthy teenage son died suddenly from the swine flu struggled to make sense of the tragedy Tuesday and urged other parents to keep a close eye on their ill children. Paul Frustaglio said it took barely more than a day for the H1N1 flu virus to kill Evan - his "best friend" - who turned 13 last month. "He fell so quickly," Frustaglio told The Canadian Press. "I was watching him. I was there when he died." Evan Frustaglio's death on Monday came on the same day as health authorities across Canada began rolling out a vaccination program against H1N1. The teen would not have been considered a priority for the flu shot because he wasn't in a high-risk group. The avid hockey player in Grade 8 began feeling ill over the weekend during a tournament in London, Ont. His symptoms included fever and some vomiting. His dad took him to a walk-in clinic on Sunday afternoon, where he was seen and sent home with advice to take some over-the-counter medication. The family felt confident it was a simple case of flu that would soon pass. That seemed to be happening. By Monday morning, his fever had broken and he was no longer nauseated. The family thought he was on the mend. Evan asked to take a bath. Ten minutes later, as his horrified father watched, he suddenly went limp. His father tried CPR as paramedics rushed to the west-end home. "They worked on my son feverishly for over two hours," Frustaglio said. "His heart wasn't responding. The disease had taken over his heart." The coroner's office had informed the family that Evan had swine flu. Public health authorities confirmed that Tuesday and scheduled a news conference for later in the day. Frustaglio refused to criticize the walk-in clinic, saying he was in too much grief to think about what might have been done differently. However, he did warn parents against complacency or thinking that patients with swine flu will show symptoms for many days before deteriorating gradually. "This didn't even take a day and a half - it hit my son within 10 minutes," he said. "If any one of your children has any kind of flu-like symptoms, please don't take your eyes off of them. Make sure you get the medical attention you need and, if at any time, they don't seem right, especially with their breathing, just get medical attention." Evan's family was taking Tamiflu as a precaution and had immediately informed Evan's teammates of what had happened so they, too, could seek medical attention. Evan is survived by his brother Will, 10, and his mom, Anne-Marie, who was too distressed to speak at length. "I'm really having a hard time with this," she said. The death sparked an outpouring of sympathy and tributes on Facebook. One writer said she hoped the tragedy would heighten awareness of the dangers of H1N1. "I feel for your loss; my heart aches for your sorrow," Tracey Parr wrote. "Hope Evan's passing will heighten the awareness of this flu, and preventative measures needed to be taken." Frustaglio called Evan a "wonderful" boy who was "full of spirit." His son had switched this year to the Hill Academy north of Toronto because "it was all about hockey." "My son is gone. He was here just 24 hours ago and now he's not here. He was 13. He didn't deserve to die," he said. "Whenever you hear stories like this in the press, I say to myself, 'Oh my god, I can never imagine how I could ever live without one of my kids,' and now I'm asking myself that question." and on the weekend, there was this one: A previously healthy pre-teen girl from eastern Ontario has died at an Ottawa hospital after being diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, said the girl had no pre-existing medical conditions when she was admitted to hospital, where she died over the weekend. "My concern is that it underscores the importance that we put onto the potential complications of any flu, especially a novel flu like H1N1," Roumeliotis told CBC News. "It is extremely sad to see the virus claim the life of a child," he added in a statement. Officials are not saying exactly where the girl lived or how old she was, at the request of her family. It is the second death — and the first death of a child — linked to H1N1, also known as swine flu, in the area served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes the counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and the city of Cornwall. A 52-year-old eastern Ontario woman died in June after testing positive for H1N1. The Eastern Ontario Board of Health said it is putting school-age children on its priority list for the H1N1 vaccine. As of Friday, children living in eastern Ontario will be able to get the vaccine. Dr. Roumeliotis said this expansion of the priority list was motivated by the girl’s death and the high rate of absenteeism in schools. :(
  4. and is temperature sensitive so it can't live outside the nose or anywhere in your body like your lungs, then why can't pregnant women get it or children who have very mild allergy induced asthma? If the only option for the vax is the flu mist, wouldn't it be better to get the mist than get the actual swine flu for pregnant women or children with asthma?
  5. I thought I'd share this, particularly for any other Canadians on the board, as our vaccine is slightly diff than the US and just began, for the most part, today. We got ours today - well, the kids & I did.. husband is working and will prolly have to wait until the weekend. It was... semi-organised chaos. :tongue_smilie: The only public clinic here right now is in the small gym at a high school, so lineups were outside - it's not winter here yet by any stretch of the imagination (it was between 0-2), but it was chilly waiting there...I'm just glad we went when we did, early. We were there almost an hour before they opened and got in line with only about 25 people ahead of us... by the time we got in at 1pm, there was at least 100 lined up, if not more. Longer line even when we got out of there. I've heard that some of the waits in Calgary and Edmonton were 4+ hours. Not very well organised in some respects. They use the back entrance to a small gym and there was NO parking designated for clinic attendees... parking at *normal* times ain't pretty in this town. People were parking wherever, which was really annoying the nearby college's security, I heard. It was cool, but not raining/snowing - I'm not sure what they'd have done if it had been, using the tiny gym like they are... can you imagine standing in cold October rain/snow with little kids, for what might be a couple of hours? (I was told the wait time later in the day was about 2 hours, most of that outside) That said, the people running the clinic were friendly, for the most part. Things went pretty smoothly inside - we were about an hour and a half inside, and that's taking into consideration that we were moving a bit slower than many because we have a child with disabilities who needs extra time to understand/process/get around/etc. As for the shot itself - it didn't hurt any worse than the seasonal shot (I'd heard that vaccines with adjuvants can hurt more), though the nurse mentioned that when she had hers, she noticed that her was a bit more sore...both our daughter and I have fairly sore arms (son doesn't appear to be sore) - but having only had the seasonal shot once (last week), we haven't much with which to compare it. The last time I had any kind of shot (as opposed to blood drawn or IVs) was about 16 years ago, and the last time the kids did (prior to last week's seasonal shot), they were too young to really remember. So, as of this point, the only 'side effects' appear to be slightly sore arms {and a little trauma on the part of our daughter - we've discovered she has a previously unknown fear of needles, but she did well and got through it}..none of us have turned purple or grown feathers out of our ears. :D /vax ramble
  6. There is so much in this article. If you have time to read the whole thing, it's here.
  7. I have to ask again because I see so many people changing their minds now. I would love to compare this new poll results to the one I posted back at the beginning of September and just see the difference. My thought is that a lot of people have changed their minds. Let's see. :) Will you get the H1N1 Vaccine for yourself/dh/kids?
  8. why? I am especially interested to hear Perry's reason, if you don't mind sharing. The mist is live, weakened virus, but my kids are healthy. My dh has asthma. Could them getting the vaccine make them shed it to him? The mist has no thermirosal - so I would have thought that would be a plus. I am just confused.
  9. http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE59F3U920091016?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews
  10. Came across this article this morning - the information was taken from a report "meant for health care professionals". {Bolding in last section is theirs} Swine flu sweeps across B.C. in historic trend VANCOUVER – British Columbia is in the midst of a major Swine Flu outbreak and history is being made in the number of people turning up at the offices of sentinel physicians complaining of flu like illness and medical services plan billings. A report, meant for health care professionals, shows B.C. children under two have the highest rate of hospitalizations followed by children aged 2 to 9 years. Surveillance figures show 352 respiratory samples tested positive for Swine Flu in a one week period between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10 while visits to Children’s Hospital, MSP billings, reports from sentinel physicians all show a major surge in Swine Flu cases. In a report titled “Sharp increases in Influenza Activity Indicators for the Third Consecutive week in BC†the B.C. Center for Disease Control said multiple check-points show there has been a massive spike in virus infections. “In week 40 (October 4-10), BC continued to experienced a large increase in influenza activity,†said a summary of the report. “All indicators including proportion of patients presenting to sentinel physicians for ILI (influenza like illness), Medical Services Plan claims for influenza, proportion of emergency room visits to BC Children’s hospital, and laboratory positivity for influenza increased sharply compared to the previous week,†the BCCDC report said. “Seventeen school ILI outbreaks were reported during this period. At the BC Provincial Laboratory, 35% (352/998) of respiratory specimens were positive for influenza A, and all subtyped isolates were the pandemic H1N1 virus (pH1N1),†the report showed. “Together surveillance indicators suggest that influenza activity due to pandemic H1N1 is increasing and remains above the expected range for this time of year,†it added. Eight people have died so far since Swine Flu was first observed in B.C. around April, with the latest being a mom from the Fraser Valley. As well, there is a major increase in number of hospitalizations in B.C. during the week. Here are highlights of the report: As of October 13, seventy-eight cases in BC have been admitted to hospital, of these 14 were admitted in the preceding week. Among hospitalized cases, 71% had underlying medical conditions; 18% had lung disease, 18% had asthma and 8% had chronic heart disease. 31% (24) of hospitalized cases have been admitted to the intensive care unit and 9% (7) have died. H1N1 hospitalization rates are highest in those under 2 years of age. During week 40, the percentage of patients presenting to sentinel physicians with ILI increased to 2.3%. This is higher than both the proportion reported in the previous week, the proportion observed during the peak of the 2008-09 season and the historic peak. 70% (33/47) of sentinel physicians reported for week 40. During week 40, the proportion of Emergency Room visits to BC Children’s hospital attributed to ILI increased from 9% to 15.0%, this is higher than the proportions observed during the same week in previous years. Influenza illness as a proportion of all submitted BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) claims continued to climb steeply in week 40. On a regional level, increases occurred in all five RHAs (Regional Health Authorities). In VCH, FHA and IHA and VIHA the proportion of claims for influenza are above the historical maximum. In week 40 the lab tested 998 respiratory specimens, 353 (35.2%) tested positive for influenza A (including H1N1), a sharp increase compared to the previous week. Of those subtyped (n=352), 100% were H1N1. Since week 35 (September 1, 2009), >99% of all subtyped influenza A viruses (n=523) have been pH1N1. No influenza B was detected during week 40. In week 40, the number of school outbreaks remained high, seventeen were reported (4 in FHA, 9 in IHA, 1 in VCH, and 3 in VIHA).
  11. I'm not trying to change anyone's mind. But I don't understand the fear/skepticism related to the flu vaccine. I haven't read the many flu threads, or the vaccination debate threads. I've decided that my kids will get the vaccine. We have friends with little babies, pregnant friends, and friends whose children have chronic health issues. And, we'd just like to avoid the flu if we can. But, my question is this: What are the specific risks of having a flu shot? What are the risks related to this particular flu shot? Links to relevant articles would be appreciated, if you have them. Thanks.
  12. I found out this week that my kids ped. office won't be carrying the H1N1 vaccine. Interesting. They are very into the whole normal flu shot thing and not happy with alternate vaccine schedules. They would have to have some serious reservations about this one to not give it.
  13. I would love to get this all in one place. Right now, there is lots of this type info, but it is scattered all over the board. My specific questions: 1. What supplements, vitamins, etc. can be used to keep the body healthy, ward off flu, AND not increase cytokine production? 2. My child or I get (suspect) swine flu. What can I immediately start doing *naturally* to help us? Is there anything one could do in the first hours of onset of the flu to possibly STOP a possible cytokine reaction? (please distinguish between what can be given to a child vs what can be given to an adult in responses). (Currently, we are taking vitamins and upping our use of Tumeric in most of the things we eat). Thank you all so much! This board is a wealth of informaiton and it is greatly appreciated.
  14. Injunction issued to stop compulsory vaccination in the US I didn't know that the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signed document stating the Federal government will force these flu vaccines onto the American public against their will.:001_huh:
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