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Old 10-28-2009, 11:44 AM
 
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CBS) If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

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Old 10-28-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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Does not surprise me!
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Old 10-28-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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So when people were saying "aaakkk!!! We're all going to DIE!!! Where is my vaccine????," millions and millions of cases of the swine flu were killing people left and right. Now that people are saying, "well, I've already had this, I guess I don't need the vaccine," and "wait, this is not killing nearly as many people as even the seasonal flu," the story has suddenly changed, and people who were "diagnosed" with H1N1 "need" the vaccine after all. How can anyone really take what the officials say seriously??
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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It amazes me that the CDC would make the decision to not track a disease which could possibly be a pandemic. Don't they track every other disease? Why would they pass up the opportunity to gather as much data as they possibly can about a "new" and potentially deadly flu virus?

I agree that it's unfair to those who were previously diagnosed to now have to consider getting vaccinated for something that they were told they already had. It doesn't make sense.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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If you are very concerned you can request a blood test to determine if you have antibodies to H1N1.

If not, then you did not actually contract H1N1.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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It amazes me that the CDC would make the decision to not track a disease which could possibly be a pandemic. Don't they track every other disease? Why would they pass up the opportunity to gather as much data as they possibly can about a "new" and potentially deadly flu virus?

I agree that it's unfair to those who were previously diagnosed to now have to consider getting vaccinated for something that they were told they already had. It doesn't make sense.
No, the CDC does not track 'every disease.'

What you propose is easier said than done, because unless you want to PAY for a blood test, and you could find EVERY patient with suspected H1N1, you wouldn't be able to do this. The current swab test doesn't have 100% accuracy (NO test really does, but the blood titer is more accurate than the swab). This is NOT, I repeat, NOT influenza season so it's more likely that, until December (just before the usual peak of influenza season) if you have something that, to all intents and purposes, is consistent with influenza, it's MORE likely H1N1 than seasonal influenza. What you propose doing is not only incredibly expensive, but is, on a practical basis, impossible.
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Old Today, 04:21 PM
 
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No, the CDC does not track 'every disease.'

What you propose is easier said than done, because unless you want to PAY for a blood test, and you could find EVERY patient with suspected H1N1, you wouldn't be able to do this. The current swab test doesn't have 100% accuracy (NO test really does, but the blood titer is more accurate than the swab). This is NOT, I repeat, NOT influenza season so it's more likely that, until December (just before the usual peak of influenza season) if you have something that, to all intents and purposes, is consistent with influenza, it's MORE likely H1N1 than seasonal influenza. What you propose doing is not only incredibly expensive, but is, on a practical basis, impossible.
Impossible?
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