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:
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.