United States Swine Flu Cases Reach 1 Million

Swine flu rattles on! U.S. health officials now believe the virus has infected an estimated 1 million Americans. In June, it was reported the infamous flu already nailed all 50 states. According to the CDC, the United States has roughly half of the world’s swine cases, with 3,065 hospitalizations and 127 deaths—and the number of hospitalizations is growing; DiscoveryNews reports.

I could cover swine flu everyday—I’ve tried my best to spare you—but it’s still important to keep you updated. Like how vaccines currently used to against swine flu, such as Tamiful, are useless and that Dr. Fuhrman recommends healthy diet and good hygiene to prevent the flu.

And here’s another important tidbit. Researchers have determined non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—called NSAIDs—used to treat the flu may cause multi-organ failure. Eek!

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Oinker Flu Could Return in the Fall!

During a news conference this Tuesday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that influenza outbreaks usually come in waves and, like the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, swine flu might be much worse this fall. Currently, officials estimate there have been 7,927 confirmed and probable cases of swine flu in the United States, with 11 deaths, but all victims had underlying health problems prior to being infected; HealthDay News reports.

Kind of a big jump, only a couple weeks ago the number was 4,700 cases, but many experts suspect it could be a lot higher, as high as 100,000, since not all cases are severe. A little scary because most Americans aren’t healthy and today’s flu vaccines are pretty much worthless.

And last year, a report by the World Health Organization and the CDC determined 25% of flu viruses in Europe and 11% of flu viruses in the United States are resistant to antiviral drugs.

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Today's Vaccines Won't Stop Swine Flu

Oink-oink, the swine flu is here! So far the virus has killed 149 people in Mexico and has spread to the U.S., Canada and Europe. Many fear this could mark the start of a pandemic. Swine flu is a variant of the human form of influenza and current seasonal flu vaccines do not protect against it. Swine flu, technically called H1N1, spreads very quickly and drug makers may not be able to develop a vaccine quick enough; Reuters reports.

And last year, the CDC claimed some strains of flu are actually becoming resistant to the drug Tamiflu. Luckily, like avian flu, protecting yourself against pig flu is easy. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands and eat plenty of nutritious foods like green vegetables and fruit, which bolster your immune system. Now, just to be sure I asked Dr. Fuhrman:

Swine flu is coming, a widespread flu attack can't stay away forever and there are no vaccines or drugs that are effective. You must protect yourself with excellent nutrition and proper hygiene. Don’t touch your face in public places and not until you have washed your hands. And wash children’s hands and face when they first get home from school.

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Health-Points: Friday 3.6.09

  • More gross news from the infamous peanut plant responsible for the deadly salmonella outbreak stemming from contaminated peanut butter, investigators claim dead mice and rodent droppings were found throughout a Texas plant run by the company; from Reuters.

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Shoo-Shoo Resistant Flu!

Batten down the hatches. Reports claim a drug-resistant strain of flu is out there, lurking and stalking, and going to get you! Tests concluded 49 out 50 samples were resistant to Tamiflu, the most popular drug used to treat the flu. But lucky for us, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the situation poses little danger; Reuters investigates.

Not exactly a shocker. In the spring both the World Health Organization and the CDC began collecting flu samples and determined 25% of flu viruses in Europe and 11% of flu viruses in the United States are resistant to antiviral drugs. That’s why Dr. Fuhrman recommends staying healthy, eating healthy and empowering your body to fight off flu cells.

In related news, 25% of people have already said no thank to you flu shots.