Sunday, October 25, 2009

H1N1 (Swine Flu) Maps

Click here for an H1N1 vaccine distribution map.
Click here for an H1N1 vaccine locator map.
Click here for CDC information.

Outbreak Tracking:
Click here for a Global H1N1 map.
Click here for a USA H1N1 map.
Click here for a U.K. H1N1 map.
Click here for a Colorado H1N1 map.
Click here for a Steamboat Springs H1N1 map.

For a dedicated map of your area, submit a comment requesting it.

The following are my personal opinions. These opinions are not intended as advice to anyone.

1) I doubt we will see anything close to the influenza epidemic of 1918. Even if this strain were as lethal as that one, the vaccination program would (likely) prevent a repeat.

2) Never the less, my rough calculations suggest H1N1 has a statistically significant higher mortality rate than the seasonal flu. I base this upon various calculations of mortality rates from the above maps vs. various mortality rates I calculated for the seasonal flu from this page.

3) Personally, I don’t worry about thimerosal (the preservative in flu shots and other vaccines). For those who do, the CDC notes that:
“Some vaccine manufacturers will be producing 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in single-dose units, which will not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and will not contain thimerosal.”
My reading of that is that any vaccine which is produced in “single-dose units” (aka pre-packaged in individual syringes) does not contain thimerosal. My understanding is that thimerosal is only necessary in the multi-dose vials (into which contaminated air might be introduced).

4) Personally, I intend to get the H1N1 vaccination when and if it becomes available to me.

5) My personal opinion is that more people getting vaccinated will mean fewer people getting sick and fewer people dying.

P.S.) Vaccination efforts were more effective before Hillary Clinton “reformed” them.

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