With the fall of 2009 coming soon, swine Influenza has many looking for ways to protect themselves and there families.
One not just weird but unsafe way that developed in early 2009 and seems to be staying with us is “swine flu parties.” Similar to chicken pox parties these include parents intentionally exposing their children to others infected with the disease.
Dr Richard Jarvis, chairman of the British Medical Association’s public health committee, recently said “I have heard of reports of people throwing swine flu parties. I don’t think it is a good idea…I would not want it myself. It is quite a mild virus, but people still get ill and there is a risk of mortality.” While this flu does not carry a high mortality rate, this weird way of inoculating children is most likely unwise.
With the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting well over 300 confirmed H1N1 related deaths earlier this year health, and with June report of 263 deaths in the U.S., (see the U.S. Center for Disease Control CDC website) officials do not like this development.
In addition on June 10, the CDC released a “Phase 6” warning about Swine Flu – Verbatim from the CDC website:
“A Pandemic Is Declared – On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway by raising the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6. This action was a reflection of the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. At the time, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.”
(Doctors warn against 'swine flu parties,' Souce: CNN.com)
Stay tuned for CDC & WHO experts’ suggestions of better safeguards.