The flu is benign. It's not killing anyone who doesn't already have compromised immune systems or pre-existing breathing disorders - often the result of previous vaccines. Oh, and people with vitamin D deficiencies. But don't take a supplement, don't get out in the sun so your body makes its own vitamin D, an absolute miracle of nature that destroys viruses and bacteria, prevents cancer, and myriad other benefits. You NEED their drugs to survive. You NEED modern medicine, or you'll get a crippling, deadly disease. Your body is weak and has no defense against these microscopic monsters lurking in every crowded room, spread with every breath we take. These are the lies we live by. But they're not working so much anymore, and the establishment doesn't like it at all.
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"I'm genuinely baffled," says Arthur Kellermann, an emergency medicine physician at the Emory University School of Medicine who has treated swine flu cases. "The public has developed this odd sense of complacency. The only thing that comes to my mind is photos of people standing on the seawall of Galveston hours before the hurricane hit."
The public's skepticism over the vaccine has persisted despite health experts' warning that the unpredictable H1N1 virus, which can cause very severe complications even in healthy young adults and children, has reached pandemic proportions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an unusually high number of children have died since it first arose last spring. "There are now a total of 86 children under 18 who have died from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus," the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat told reporters in a briefing Friday. Eleven of those deaths were reported in the past week, the CDC says.
Public health officials and the medical community are scrambling to figure out how to convince more Americans to get vaccinated when supplies of the vaccine become more widely available, but it won't be easy.