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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Vaccine Times: More dead from flu in the UK

More sad news.  Not the bolded line in the text!  So what about the 17% who DID have the vaccine?  Well, that's where Herd Immunity comes in.  With appalling rates like this, I don't think those people really stood a chance.  Again, more bodies to the count for involuntary manslaughter by Wakefield et. al. Stay tuned for a post that explains more about Herd Immunity by the way.  Just because you did get a vaccine does not make you immune, nor does someone else getting a vaccine make you less at risk.  It takes both prongs to work.  Science isn't black and white, nor is it easy.  This takes understanding and serious work.  Someone's "mommy sense" or common sense will not cut it in this field!



The number of flu victims has more than doubled from 112 to 254, partly due to a backlog of information processing due to year-end holidays. That doesn’t change the fact that the flu has claimed 254 human lives in the United Kingdom alone this flu season. 195 of the victims have been confirmed to have had the H1N1 (swine flu) strain of the disease. Also, the majority of the victims were under 65 years of age, with 7 confirmed deaths in children under five. We have incomplete information on vaccination status, but based on what is known so far, among 71 cases in which vaccination status was known, 83 percent had not received a flu shot this season.
“Our latest flu report suggests levels of flu are declining …but nonetheless flu is still circulating in the community and the message remains that people in an at-risk group should get the seasonal flu vaccine,” said John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the HPA.

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