Schools should not overreact to swine fluPublished: Aug. 3, 2009
Parents and school staff will need to balance the need for being prepared with avoiding overreaction to influenza A H1N1, U.S. health experts say.
Lloyd Kolbe and Dr. David Orentlicher, both of Indiana University Bloomington, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, say if teachers, administrators and parents emphasize hand washing now, instead of waiting for outbreaks, it will at least help prevent the spread of colds, or H1N1 flu.
Orentlicher says the CDC recommends that:
-- School dismissal is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A H1N1 and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school's ability to function.
-- Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness, fever with a cough or sore throat, should stay home.
-- Aspirin or aspirin-containing products should not be administered to any confirmed or suspected cases of novel H1N1 influenza virus infection in those age 18 and and younger, due to the risk of Reye syndrome. It is associated with aspirin consumption by children with viral illness, but also occurs in the absence of aspirin use.
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UPDATE: 2 August- Flu Shots A Danger To Pregnant Women
People need to do more research rather thatn blindly accepting that giving a pregnant woman a flu shot, or any vaccine for that matter is safe. Heed Dr. Blayock's warning on the current flu shot hysteria.Please refer to Dr. Bate's inexpensive and protective orthomolecular protocol.
"Previous studies of flu viruses found that the danger to the unborn is not from the virus, but from the cytokine immune reaction to the virus--that is the mother's immune reaction to the virus. What this means is that pregnant women who
take this vaccine (especially since it is to be a two to three part vaccine)will have the same immune effects and may dramatically increase the mother's risk of having a child with autism or schizophrenia. This is accepted in the medical literature and have been done repeatedly in animals exposed to vaccine during pregnancy. We could see a real disaster with this vaccine program. Mothers should be warned. Remember, there is no evidence that the vaccine will protect anyone from the virus. Russell Blaylock, M.D."
UPDATE: July 29 -
Flu Data You Need to Know
"There is at present a serious trend of deteriorating health among American children. Published in a 1994 JAMA article, a survey conducted by Dr. Michel Odent found that children receiving the whooping cough vaccine were six times more likely to develop asthma than children not receiving this vaccine. (My note: One of the target groups for the H1N1 vaccine is asthma.)U.S. panel to set priorities for H1N1 flu vaccines
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor – Tue Jul 28, 6:03 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vaccine experts who advise the U.S. government are likely on Wednesday to put healthcare workers, pregnant women and patients with asthma and diabetes at the front of the line to get vaccinated against the new pandemic H1N1 influenza. Full Article (My note: Vaccinating Healthcare workers may help spread the virus to those with compromised health status.)
Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former FDA research virologist, thinks undeveloped immune systems of those so young are particularly susceptible to damage from overload. "That is absolutely the wrong approach, to give so many new vaccines."
With two-year-olds facing as many as four injections in a single pediatric visit, we have created an atmosphere in which the costs far outweigh any perceived benefits. Representative John Mica, R-FL, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Drug Policy and Human Resources , has questioned the safety of the hepatitis B vaccine: "Is it possible the Preventive measure for this disease is riskier than the disease itself?"
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) indicated that one third of the nearly 80,000 reports filed between 1990 and 1997 involved the DPT, whooping cough, vaccine. A total of 876 deaths were recorded after children received the DPT vaccine, a vaccine that is still on the market although a safer alternative exists. Of those, 291, or 33 percent of the deaths reported after a DPT shot, were within 24 hours of the vaccination. Milwaukee immunologist Burton Waisbren, a veteran clinical investigator, told a H ouse oversight subcommittee on federal health policy that "an injustice is being done to the children of this country." He labeled infant hepatitis B vaccination "an experiment sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which is designed to determine if vaccination at birth of all babies in the United States will eventually decrease the frequency of cancer of the liver."
For many years, mercury was used as a preservative in vaccines, especially in the United States. In many cases, a preservative was only needed because multiple vaccinations were being given in one shot. Preservative free vaccines were available if taken one vaccination at a time. Why did the medical establishment push more and more vaccinations into one multiple shot? Because they thought that parents could not be trusted to come back to the doctor for a series of single shots spaced out over time. The result is not only potentially dangerous preservatives; it is also a greatly heightened risk of overloading the child's immune system by injecting too much in any one day. This approach does not put the child's welfare first.
Today protests have led to the removal of mercury from most childhood vaccines. But mercury is still used in flu vaccines for children and adults. In the past, children were inoculated against flu from birth to five years of age. This puts mercury into very immature bodies and immune systems. But the new recommedation, just out, is to continue inoculating until age 18. Is this for the children? No, it is supposed to provide better protection for the adults around the children. Meanwhile how much highly toxic mercury will our children be exposed to by age 18?
AAHF believes parents should be informed of their right to omit or simply postpone shots like the hepatitis B and flu vaccines. Informed consent to any medical procedure carrying the risk of injury or death, such as vaccination, has been the prevailing ethical standard in medical care since the Nuremberg Code and Helsinki Declarations became part of international law after World War II. With increasing numbers of vaccines for non-life threatening conditions being developed and mandated for school-age children, we believe parents should have the right to philosocphical or conscientious belief exemptions for their children."
Please be alert to this information as this fall children are proposed to be "hit" with more than one more vaccine.
Please refer to Dr. Carolyn Dean or Dr. Sherri Tenpenny for more information.
You may also refer to the other flu related articles at Natural Health News and at www.leaflady.org.
See also: Swine Flu or Just Makin Bacon
Swine Flu is not for children.
The following is in keeping with the information I included in an article on children's health about 15 years ago. The MD I interviewed found consistently that the sick children were always the ones who received vaccines. In his practice he routinely relied on the effectiveness of homeopathy to help resolve flu and other illnesses, which also was very effective in keeping children healthy and well.
Couple this with sound nutrition and you can't go wrong!
Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (2009-05-20) -- The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research. While these findings do raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine, they do not in fact implicate it as a cause of hospitalizations, according to researchers. ... > read full article