Hope For the Best - Prepare For the Worst

The swine flu. Pandemic?

For those following our blog, you know we have a family trip planned for Mexico in a couple of weeks.

It's not a good time to be planning a trip to Mexico (or anywhere else for that matter).

What do we need to know?

The worst thing to do is panic. Panic puts stress on your body and we don't need stress on our bodies. If our immune system is weak, we can get sick easier.

If you check Google Flu tracker http://www.google.org/flutrends/ , you can track flu outbreaks across the country; but how can we find out about flu outbreaks across the globe?

I found a site that has the latest info: http://healthmap.org/en searches the Web for articles to create a map that tracks emerging infectious diseases around the world. When I checked the site earlier today, I was able to get a good idea of where the flu was. (No cases had been reported anywhere near the villa that we had rented.)

When I just tried to look for information a few minutes ago, it appears the server may be swamped (go figure!)

This is an airborn virus, and you can get it from being around someone who is infected, so take precautions.

  • Consider wearing a mask over your nose and mouth.

  • If you have a fever, coughing, shortness of breath, stay home.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • Limit eating out, especially at fast food places.

With that being said, I want you to remember the Swine Flu scare of 1976. The government jumped in with a $135 million program to protect Americans from the Swine flu. By October, Americans started getting the shots. A few days after people started getting the shots, some started to get sick. Five hundred people ended up paralyzed from the vaccine, and 32 people died from the vaccine. Over 500 people were seriously hurt or killed by the "cure".

How many people died from the Swine flu in 1976? One.

And now, remember - in 1918, one-third of the American population contracted the flu that eventually killed 50 million people world wide.

Worry? No.

Prepare? Yes.

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