Concerned About Swine Flu?
Research, Consult, and Think
Before You Vaccinate


By Patricia El Sharei


On June 11, 2009, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), raised the H1N1 alert level to Phase 6, its highest level, indicating that the virus spreads easily from one person to another and that a global pandemic is underway.


For the week ending September 19, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that twenty-six states, including California, revealed widespread influenza activity on their FluView weekly surveillance summary.


Locally, as of September 24, 2009, the Riverside County Department of Public Health Web site reported that there had been six Influenza A/H1N1 related deaths within the county.


So what do these facts and statistics indicate to the average person?  Probably a great deal of confusion, but that’s all the more reason for each person to research the facts, consult with a physician, and think about all options and potential outcomes before deciding whether or not to vaccinate.


There are literally hundreds of sites providing information on the pros and cons of vaccinations for influenza — especially 2009 H1N1 (referred to as Swine Flu earlier in the year).  Although some Web sites are considered more credible than others, it is suggested that readers carefully consider the information presented on the following sites. Use the information as a basis for further research, and as talking points for discussion with personal physicians and other medical professionals before making the decision to vaccinate for any influenza.


General Information on 2009 H1N1 Flu from the Centers for Diseases Control



H1N1 Influenza Information and Updates — Riverside County Dept. of Public Health



Got a Swine Flu Question?



CBS “60 Minutes” Documentary of 1976 Swine Flu Epidemic



How to Deal with Swine Flu:  Heeding the Mistakes of 1976



Seasonal Flu Shot May Increase H1N1 Risk



Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance



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