The Swine Flu of 1976 and the Swine Flu of 2009
I am not a physician. Nor is my area of expertise medicine. I am a chemist. I possess years of experience in life, and I am a thinking man. In addition, a friend of mine was personally involved. The Swine Flu should be taken seriously. Does the acronym GBS mean anything to you?
I lived through the time period that encompassed the original Swine Flu (1976). That flu was considered a very serious threat. In that instance, the threat proved more real than the eventuality. Unfortunately, people tend to think that if past warnings proved untrue, future ones will, also.
A friend of mine received the inoculation preventative for the original Swine Flu. I took a different tack, figuring that if everyone else took the inoculation, it would be unlikely they could get Swine Flu, and if they did not get it, I would not be surrounded by people who had it, and so I would be very unlikely to come down with Swine Flu, myself.
An Unfortunate If Rare Outcome for Some Taking the Flu Shot
I did not get it. My friend contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome from his inoculation. This syndrome resulted in his being paralyzed from the neck, down. It terrified him. He thought he would die. In fact, of the approximately 500 who contracted the syndrome, some 25 died of respiratory complications. My friend was not so unfortunate. He took a year to recover, physically (he needed to learn how to walk again), and he required longer than that to recover emotionally, but he eventually did recover completely.
Despite these things, I take the flu vaccines regularly. I will not allow myself to be fooled into thinking it is wise if I avoid doing so. How will you respond?
Take the Flu Outbreak Seriously
The swine flu outbreak is not limited to Mexico. It has spread to a number of states in the USA. The spread is rapid, and so one might not be thinking properly if they decided “it is not in my state yet, so I don’t need to worry.”
The world, for all practical purposes, is small. Transportation from one part of the globe to another is quite rapid. So what is not present in one locality today, might well be present tomorrow. One is forced to think globally.
Perhaps the best advice would be to keep informed, and don’t make emotional decisions. Don’t use wishful thinking. Don’t think if you ignore it, it will go away. Make informed decisions, and you will know you did your best to care for the body and the life you now enjoy.