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May 1, 2009

Trends as My Back Is Turned (Forget the Damn Flu…Nukes For the Taliban?)


Taliban marching on Nukes…Socialism or is it Fascism or Marxism softly finessed while a Socialist Foundation cures beneath us…3 Judges for SOCTUS during his term (judges that feel for the litigants)…Al Gore should be poked with a needle so the gasbag deflates…economy may recover on its own and yet debt load and power grab continue…flu scare siliness..Is it true ‘normal’ flu kills tens of thousands of Americans each year??? Is that true?…the ability to manipulate so many Americans is frightening…pathetic actually…

naked-fish-2Positives: Lilacs are in full bloom. Sun out today and 75 degrees. Tied up a bunch of Callibaetis Emergers. Grandfather ‘papa’ for second time. Children healthy, loving, accomplished and real. Family is wonderful. I am reasonably healthy and darn lucky.   

APTOPIX Mexico Swine FluOh, Flu Deaths: “CDC states that the historic 1968-9 “Hong Kong flu” pandemic killed 34,000 Americans. At the same time, CDC claims 36,000 Americans annually die from flu. What is going on, asks Doshi?

The CDC uses indirect modelling methods to estimate the number of deaths associated with influenza. Thus the much publicised figure of 36,000 is not an estimate of yearly flu deaths, as widely reported in both the lay and scientific press, but an estimate – generated by a model – of flu-associated death, he says.

Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear – a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons, he adds.

If passed, the Flu Protection Act of 2005 will revamp US flu vaccine policy. The legislation will require CDC to pay makers for vaccines unsold “through routine market mechanisms.” The bill will also require CDC to conduct a “public awareness campaign” emphasising “the safety and benefit of recommended vaccines for the public good.”

Yet Doshi believes that this bill obscures the fact that CDC is already working in manufacturers’ interest by conducting campaigns to increase flu vaccination.

If flu is in fact not a major cause of death, this public relations approach is surely exaggerated, he says. Moreover, by arbitrarily linking flu with pneumonia, current data are statistically biased. Until corrected and until unbiased statistics are developed, the chances for sound discussion and public health policy are limited, he concludes.

(Review: Are US flu death figures more PR than science?)



1 Comment »

  1. check out my post from yesterday about flu panic if you get the chance

    Comment by Davis — May 1, 2009 @ 11:18 AM | Reply

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