Did you know the following about Swine Flu?
Many of us have heard of the H1N1 virus. However, many of us may not have know that this is what causes swine flu. It is sad that many of us had to hear of this because of the pandemic that occurred in 2009 pandemic. The current statistics of this is that there are certain people that are more likely to get this.
- Children under 5
- Pregnant women
- People with Asthma
- People that have Chronic Kidney disease/Chronic heart disease
- Liver disease patients
Most of the people that has been hospitalized has been in the ages of five to twenty. This is about sixty-two percent. The people that are over the age of fifty-five only made up about one percent of the hospitalized patients. This was the statistic of the United States.
In Mexico, the statistics of the H1N1 virus and swine flu outbreaks were between the degrees of twenty and fifty. These people also had a higher rate of death in comparison to the other age groups.
Effectiveness of the vaccine
The effectiveness of the vaccine has had much debate over the years. Many people wonder if the vaccine will help or harm us. Some say that the vaccine is not good whereas other reports have showed that the vaccine would decrease the chance of death by fifty percent. There is still a lot of debate over this.
This vaccine is not a hundred percent and it will most likely never be. So we have options. Wait until many people have died. Move to early and vaccinate for nothing and risk making people sick. The best thing to do is what we have been doing.
It all depends on the people. There are some people that are going to look at the statistics and be frightened enough to get the H1N1 virus vaccine. There are others that are going to wait until we have another swine flu pandemic on our hands.
The statistics have proven though that the younger people as well as the older people that have suppressed immune systems are at the higher risk. In the past this is what they used say who needed the vaccine the most.
About thirty-seven percent of children in the US received the H1N1 virus swine flu vaccine. In 2009, one third of the groups that were a priority got the vaccine. This included young adults, children, workers of healthcare, women who were pregnant and people that had certain medical conditions.
The state of Rhode Island had the rate of vaccinations that were the highest. The lowest was Mississippi. Almost two of every five people got the vaccine in Rhode Island. Only about a third of the people in Mississippi did.
These statistics show that there were many that got the vaccine and there were many more that did not. The statistics do not show the reasons behind these people not getting vaccinated. It could have been that they were not in the groups of people that were at higher risk. It could have also been the fact that they were scared to get the vaccine.
Statistics are great so that we can see what is really going on in the world. However, the statistics can also help us to determine if we should get the vaccine or not. There is always going to be a debate whether or not the vaccine is a good or a bad thing. However, we do need to be sure that the people that have a greater risk of the H1N1 virus are treated so that we can hopefully stop a swine flu pandemic from reoccurring in the future.
So hopefully having the statistics of this infection and the pandemic, we will be able to see how it has affected us. This infection is ever changing so we will need to keep up with the statistics of this infection through the years so that we will know what to expect. This will also to help us see when it changes and what it means for the world.
There are many ways to gather the information that we need so that we are educated on this matter. One thing is for sure though we need to be sure that we are getting the right information. With so many debates on the vaccine and other things that go along with this it is hard to know what is right and what is wrong. One thing is for sure though we do not need a swine flu pandemic ever again.