Even though the H1N1 pandemic appears to have peaked out, President Obama has now declared a national emergency over swine flu infections.
According to the CDC, swine flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. Peak infection time was the middle of October, where one in five U.S. children experienced the flu, says the CDC. Out of nearly 14,000 suspected flu cases tested during the week ending on October 10, 2009, 99.6% of those were influenza A, and the vast majority of those were confirmed as H1N1 swine flu infections.
When you realize that about 30,000 people die from the regular Flu every year and no national emergency has ever been declared it gives one pause to wonder why the Swine Flu is being treated differently when you consider the lower death toll.
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the vast majority of people who get swine flu "so far are not terribly ill," Sebelius noted, saying most will recover fine at home with some rest and fluids. And they shouldn't race to doctors' offices seeking tests to find out what kind of flu they have - H1N1 or the regular strains that circulate every winter - because treatment is the same.
"The flu is the flu is the flu right now," Sebelius said.
Does this sound like an official who thinks this is a "National Emergency", it sure doesn't to me.
As I wrote earlier this week, a CBS investigation revealed that H1N1 flu cases are not as prevalent as we are told by the government, the CDC, WHO, and the corporate media.
A recent study published Oct. 15 in Eurosurveillance, a scientific journal devoted to epidemiology and the surveillance and control of communicable diseases, shows that the H1N1 vaccine will arrive too late to help most Americans who will be infected during this flu season. The study was conducted by professors Sherry Towers and Zhilan Feng of, respectively, Purdue's statistics and mathematics departments.
"The model predicts that there will be a significant wave in autumn, with 63% of the population being infected, and that this wave will peak so early that the planned [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] vaccination campaign will likely not have a large effect on the total number of people ultimately infected by the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus," the authors wrote in their study.
The authors said that this is the week, through Oct. 24, during which the greatest number of people would be infected. The vaccination program has barely started in the U.S.
"The model predicts that the peak wave of infection will occur near the end of October in week 42, with 8% of the population being infected during that week. By the end of 2009, the model predicts that a total of 63% of the population will have been infected," the authors wrote in a conclusion that ignored the effects of a CDC vaccination program.
Recently the state of New York backed off of mandating their health care workers get the H1N1 vaccine after many of the workers protested the policy, certainly if this were really thought to be a national emergency, these health care workers would have been required to be immunized against the Swine Flu.
So for all intensive purposes there does not seem to be a need for a declared National Emergency for the Swine Flu, which would give the Obama administration the power to force U.S. Citizens to get vaccinated against their will, all the while making big money for the companies who manufacture the vaccine.