10/27/2009

I'll take your facts, thank you very much, and use them to distort***

Yes, because it's just that easy, you know, when you've got pre-set ideas and you filter everything you read through that prism. So magically, the flu season is over in Australia and all cases of flu have stopped because the season's over, right? Oh wait, it's not that easy? The flu continues in Australia, just abated? Ah. I see. Oh, and the people dying over there, less than 200 people, big deal, right? Because those four pregnant women, no biggie. Oh, and that overall, those dying from the flu are younger? Get out of town. Nearly 5000 people hospitalized in a country of 22 million and some change. Again, why get bent out of shape? It's just an itty bitty virus causing most people just moderate amounts of misery. I mean, what's the hoopla? So, some die. Even more spend weeks in ICU. Even more spend a week or more really miserable in the hospital. Everybody else has a week or two where they just want to curl up in a ball and make it all go away. Why would you want to do something to prevent that? Really?

All of these things just prove the H1N1 is no big deal. None at all. And applies universally. No worries. It's not you, after all, who's losing people to the virus. What do you care?

Those vaccines, they're full of toxic chemicals, don't you know that? Now, give me my cookware that's aluminum, my baking soda that's aluminum, my canned goods, my sodas, and my botox injection. And some viagra, too, because some of those chemicals, even if they can kill you, are worth the ride out. Frak, and give me a tuna salad to go. Wait, I think I'll light up a cig, no harm there. What? You can put nicotine patches on your kids and maybe they'll be calmer, have less tics that bother you? Holy shit, pot? I can give them pot, too? Mellow them right out? Well, hell's bells, why didn't you say so? It'll make it easier when they get H1N1.

***Extreme sarcasm has been engaged in.

Some light reading from http://www.flu.gov/professional/global/southhemisphere.html from August 24th:
Epidemiology


The overall number of illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths attributed to 2009 H1N1 virus is difficult to ascertain based on the information available. The clinical characteristics and basic epidemiology of 2009 H1N1 virus in the selected countries in the Southern Hemisphere during their fall/winter influenza season are, so far, similar to the 2009 H1N1 disease experienced in the U.S. in the spring/summer.

Most mild cases occurred in children older than 5 years of age and adults younger than 65. Overall, rates of severe illness, hospitalizations and death attributed to 2009 H1N1 virus are similar to those observed in the U.S. Both in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, age distribution of cases differs from what is usually observed during seasonal influenza epidemics, when hospitalizations rates are highest among persons younger than two years and persons 65 years and older. Of note, Argentina and Chile reported that among the hospitalized cases of acute respiratory syndrome, children up to 4 years of age are the most affected. However, both countries report that only a low percentage of cases (less than 20-30%) in this age group represent 2009 H1N1 infection, whereas more than 70-80% represent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Like the U.S., where 71% of the reported deaths have occurred in persons 25-64 yrs old, countries in the Southern hemisphere have also observed the highest number of deaths in adults.

A high proportion of cases (47%-60% in different countries) had known risk factors for severe influenza complications, such as chronic lung or cardiovascular disease. Similarly, most countries confirm an increased risk of complications in pregnant women infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus. In Australia and New Zealand, indigenous populations also seemed to be at greater risk of severe complications than non-indigenous persons.

Closing the book and making allegations regarding the minimal effect that H1N1 will ultimately have when there is no sign that the virus is petering out is, well, presumptuous at best. Hey, though, if it skews it to your view of reality, it's all good. Why let truth stand in your way?


Addendum: genocide: killing whole races of people. Crap. Autism is not a manmade genocide.  However, scaring the shit out of people and making them think vaccines will kill them might be a start at it. Of course, thinking vaccines are causing autism, which you've defined as a manmade genocide, just might make you a.....wait for it.... what is that, Thelma and Louise, again? The word escapes me. Hmmm. Anyone?


Note: I notice a tendency when I am ill or dealing with sick children to get really pissy about this kind of thing. Huh. And I tend not to feel bad about being pissy. Thankfully, I have been swabbed for the flu and my current misery is a wicked sinus and ear infection. Antiobiotics have been prescribed. Perhaps I will be in a more kumbaya mood soon. Perhaps not. :-) At this point you may picture a stuffy nosed, open-mouthed, wicked grin and evil cackle. Or not.


***Addendum: I gotta. Truth could walk up and smack some of these folks in the forehead and they still woundn't know it. And the misinformation being spewed over there boggles the mind. It really does. Oh, and I'm being really, really nice to call it that. Because while some of those folks are just repeating what they've read without critically examining it, some of them are spreading known falsehoods. And to add to that would could be taken as threats to Offit, well, seriously. I repeat: not good people. Not nice people. Bullies.

5 comments:

NightStorm The Aspiewolf said...

*makes chicken soup and gives you a hot pad* Feel better Kim :<

KWombles said...

Awwww, thank you, Nightstorm.

Corina Becker said...

Awww, I hope you feel better soon, Kim.

I'm having what might be an H1N1 scare. There's at least 10% students out of school sick, at the school my mom works at, and in some schools, up to 40% sick in my city. Mom has been nervous because she knows I'm a high risk person of developing complications.

Today, the vaccine clinics finally opened up. It was too packed for me to get one though. I'm getting up early tomorrow for it. Gonna bring a book. maybe some homework.

But yeah, I hear some people arguing that the death rates for H1N1 are lower than for seasonal flu. I ask them, "and the fact that the common flu kills doesn't worry you?"
In my opinion, even one death is too many.


"It's not you, after all, who's losing people to the virus. What do you care?"
- Yeah, that's what they were saying during the Holocaust too....

zing, I just invoked some-law-about-referencing-Holocaust/Nazis, but I think I used the metaphor properly there. The thing is, this sort of thing apparently always happens to someone else, right? Except, to a stranger, you're someone else.

KWombles said...

Good luck tomorrow, Corina, on getting the vaccine. Excellent response post. :-) Hey, the antivaxxers love to invoke the holocaust all the time and never as well or accurately as you've done here.

They overinflate vaccine injuries while dismissing the very real deaths caused by the diseases, dismissing these fatalities as insignificant. Now, that's hypocrisy. :-)

Corina Becker said...

It wasn't too bad. The shot. The line was as long if not longer than yesterday, but I arrived about 7:45am. The clinic opened at 10:00, but they started registering at 9am, so it moved fairly quickly.

What was fun was that there were a few vaccine skeptics in the crowd. And when I say skeptics, I mean, mothers who feel that not all vaccines are necessary anymore. However, they didn't seem to think that vaccines hurt any, and they were following their doctor's advice to get this vaccine, so I didn't feel the need to engage them in discussion. I really don't care whether they felt all vaccines aren't necessary, as long as they get the vaccines.

See, this is what an English major means; I can use metaphors in an appropriate manner. Badly used metaphors is slowly becoming a pet peeve with me. Gonna go post my rant about it in a proper area...

But yes, the vaccine went well. My arm's a little sore, but nothing unusual so far. :D