Facts About H1N1 (Swine Flu) From The Atlantic

by Joseph Ratliff

Many people are concerned about H1N1, or sometimes still called Swine Flu (even though the CDC doesn’t call it that).

While I’m not a doctor, and none of what I’m providing here is medical advice nor should it be taken as that…

Here’s an interesting opinion from  The Atlantic.

Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer, the authors of the November 2009 story “Does the Vaccine Matter?”, answer questions about H1N1 diagnosis and immunity.

Article Source:  The Atlantic



Q: How dangerous is swine flu?

A: At this point, it is proving to be relatively mild and less fatal than the average flu, according to data from some countries in the Southern Hemisphere that already experienced their winter flu season. Unless the virus mutates, it appears that the most serious threat is largely to people with underlying health problems.

Q: I see studies that say the flu vaccine is highly effective. Why is there any question?

A: Effectiveness is often measured by showing that people who get the vaccine develop antibodies in response to the vaccine. Those antibodies can be helpful in fighting off future bouts of that year’s flu. The problem is that young, healthy people are very good at developing antibodies but they are not the people who tend to develop pneumonia or die, while older people and people with immune disorders, who are most likely to die, don’t develop protective antibodies as well. This has led to the question, “Is it necessary for those whom it helps, and will it help those for whom it’s necessary?”

Go to http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200910u/h1h1-qa to read the rest of the story…