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April 27th, 2009
07:47 AM ET

Tracking the Swine Flu

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield interviews Tom Hartl on how the World Health Organization is trying to track the Swine Flu.


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  1. George Meredith MD

    President Cheney and Swine Influenza

    Why is the central government making such a fuss about swine influenza? And before that the H5N1Chicken Influenza ? And before that the Duck Influenza A? They are telling us, if they don’t immunize our people, we might have another 1918 type epidemic. Horse feathers! In 1918 we had no antibiotics to treat the secondary pneumonia and the bacterial pleural emphyema that were the real killers back then. Today we do. Readily available, effective antibiotics and the physicians and surgeons who know how to use them are the reason 1918 has not been repeated!

    I find it ironic that it was the central government’s “experts” Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr. Julie Gerberding who capitulated to the demands of “President Cheney.” And disallowed patients and their personal physicians from being able to voluntarily immunize against smallpox. During the run up to Cheney’s phony war against Iraq. Cheney didn’t want some (extremely low incidence) of smallpox adverse reactions to spoil his little gift to the military industrial complex.

    Except for the military, there’s been no smallpox immunization program in the United States since 1972. For you see it is the loss of the herd immunity to smallpox that has left us highly vulnerable to smallpox biological warfare. And in the event of a smallpox attack, no Fauci-Gerberding crash smallpox immunization is going to save us.

    If you want to do something for the American people, Dr. Fauci, pull your head out of the sand, and go back and undo the smallpox trap that you and Dr. Gerberding, on the orders of President Cheney, unwittingly, set for the American people. It’s for the people and their own physicians to decide re: smallpox vaccinations, carried out in a timely and orderly fashion.

    Listen! A biologic warfare smallpox attack on the American people, who are rapidly losing their herd immunity, is the real threat. If you don’t believe me just ask the American Indian who, unlike the Europeans, had no herd immunity to smallpox!

    George Meredith MD
    Virginia Beach, VA

    April 27, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  2. Richard - Eugene, Oregon

    I love America and have lived here since birth – over 60 years. I am troubled terribly that America is no longer the 'home of the brave' – now is the 'home of the fearful'. We are afraid of almost everything; the terrorist that will kill us, which didn't happen, and now the flu epidemic that will sweep through the country wiping out thousand and maybe million of good american souls. Good Lord, are the only 'brave' in this country the ones we send to war?

    April 28, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  3. Nell

    Dear Fredricka: I am writing to a couple of you there at CNN on this swine's flu. I truly believe that the Mexican population are great consumers of pork products. Here in the US, we have cut down tremedously on eating pork and its by-products. Because of this trend, we here in the US appear to have the virus in a less virulent strength. The people in Egypt are destroying thousands of their bores and pigs. I think they are getting to the heart of the matter. The pig, by the way, is a scavenger animal, and contains the tricina or triconosis worm. My grandmother died eating fresh, hot pork. So many more diseases have been transmitted through these little portly animals.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  4. Glenn Hansen

    The swine virus seems to be hitting normally "Healthy" persons. Is it likely that high-risk persons are retaining resistance from flu shots earlier this year?
    Many personl that I know in the "healty" segment opted to pass up flu shots this year.

    May 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  5. georgemeredithmd@cox.net

    Dr Fucci and the bureocrats at thye CDC are still singing the same old song....calling for another mas influenza immunization program!

    Attention Dr Fucci Flu immunization programs are potentionaly dangerous .....and do little good....it's about herd immunity as with smallpox epidemics....influenza deaths occurred in 1918 because we did not have antibiotics and the surgeons who knew how t o use them.....it different today !

    Wake up! Study the history of modern surgery!

    George Meredith MD
    Virginia Beach

    January 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm |

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