Learn About the Symptoms of Swine Flu

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Because the swine flu virus is a type A influenza virus (which is also the type of influenza virus responsible for the standard human flu), the symptoms of swine flu are very similar to those of human flu. The symptoms of swine flu are body aches, chills, cough, fatigue, fever, headache and sore throat.

If you begin to display one or more of the symptoms of swine flu, it is recommended that you visit a health professional. The reason that you should visit a health professional once you exhibit one or more of the symptoms of swine flu is because if the health professional you visit concludes that you have been infected with the swine flu virus, they may be able to give you an antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs (such as oseltamivir or zanamivir) can help you in several ways. First, they can stop the swine flu virus from reproducing in your body (which can help fight it off). Second, they can lessen the severity of your symptoms and reduce the amount of time before you feel better. Finally, they can help you avoid the more serious complications that can accompany the swine flu virus. However, because these types of drugs are most effective when someone with the swine flu virus starts taking them within two days of exhibiting one or more of the swine flu symptoms, it is important to visit your health professional as soon as possible.

In addition to the symptoms listed above, there are additional symptoms which can signify more serious cases of swine flu. Those symptoms are listed below:

In children: bluish skin color, irritability to the point of a child refusing to be held, fever combined with a rash, difficulty breathing (or faster than normal breathing), failure to drink enough fluids, an improvement in the primary flu symptoms listed above (only to have the symptoms return with a worsened cough and fever) or a failure to interact and/or wake up.

In adults: confusion, a sudden onset of dizziness, trouble breathing (or a shortness of breath), severe vomiting that persists or pressure and/or pain in the abdomen or chest.

If a child or adult exhibits one or more of these more serious swine flu symptoms, it is vital that they seek immediate medical attention.

Since the swine flu virus is currently being spread from one human to another, it is important to learn how this takes place. When a person comes into contact with someone who has the swine flu virus, it can be spread through an event such as a cough or a sneeze. It is also important to understand that the swine flu virus can be spread from someone up to a day before they even exhibit any symptoms of having the swine flu virus.

In addition to direct transmission from one human to another, the swine flu virus can also be spread when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes on a surface, and then another person touches that surface and then touches their own face.

Not only should you avoid individuals who have the swine flu virus, but you should also wash your hands with warm water and soap on a regular basis (using an alcohol based hand sanitizer such as Purell or Germ-X can also help you protect yourself when you are unable to use warm water and soap).

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Swine Flu Returns to Australia in Mutant Form

Filed under: Swine Flu,Swine Flu Symptoms - 29 Apr 2013  | Share on :

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As flu season begins, health authorities in Australia have warned people that the swine flu – also known as H1N1 – is returning to this country in a new, mutated form. People ages 95 and older may be safest from infection, though.


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We won’t know how much it has mutated until people begin to get sick, but fly viruses mutate all the time as they pass through people and animals”, said Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health director of health protection.

Basically, the virus makes mistakes in its reproductive cycle that help it survive as part of its evolutionary process and evade our immune systems. We won’t know how well the flu vaccines will protect people from new strains of the two flus we expect this year – H1N1 and H3N2 – no flu vaccine is perfect. But we recommend people get vaccinated”, added the doctor.

The 2009 swine flu outbreak is thought to have been triggered at a Texan pig farm, spread to pigs in Mexico, subsequently infecting the pigs’ handlers. However, studies have since then showed that swine flu is not transmittable from animals to humans.

Dr McAnulty also said that medical research has established that H1N1 was related to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that killed up to 100 million people, which is the equivalent of three to five percent of the world’s population at that time.

There have been four pandemics, or apparently brand new strains of flu in the last hundred years and three in the 20th century, in 1918, the 1950s, and the 1960s”, he said. “We’ve discovered that the H1 virus actually had a connection with the 1918 flu, so people who were around then and exposed to it have some resistance to H1. H1 affected more pregnant women and young people”, also said the doctor.

Swine flu led to the death of 186 Australians in 2009 and officially affected 37,000 individuals. The global death toll of 18,500 was revised last year by Lancet magazine as closer to 250,000. “The actual numbers are always much larger. Typically, 10 to 20 percent of the population go down with flu every year”, Dr McAnulty stated.

Swine flu symptoms include high fever, cough, headache, tiredness, with more serious cases developing diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis and, in rare cases, lung and heart failure.

Vaccines against swine flu are available in Australia for free for pregnant women, individuals over 65, Aboriginal people, and patients with serious underlying medical conditions.


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As a preventive measure, Dr McAnulty recommends washing the hands after contact with others. This is an important means of keeping health this winter. “And not just a quick wash of the hands. We recommend singing Happy Birthday as you wash your hands. It’s about the right length of time for the process”.

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10 Facts You Should Know about Swine Flu

Filed under: Swine Flu Symptoms - 18 Mar 2013  | Share on :

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The swine flu strikes again as more and more people are testing positive for the virus, particularly across India. Every day, numerous articles arise in both Internet sites and printed newspapers regarding swine flu symptoms, statistics and treatments. Here is a top of the 10 most important facts you should know about this disease.


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1. Swine flu, also known as H1N1 type A influenza, is transmitted from people to people and NOT from pigs or swines to people.

2. Individuals with good immunity are not at risk of contracting the virus.

3. High-risk categories include very young children, pregnant women, diabetics, individuals with heart conditions, and people whose immune systems may be weak or compromised.

4. The most common swine flu symptoms include sudden fever of more than 100 F degrees, fatigue, cough, sneezing, chills, headaches, sore throat, sore muscles, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.

5. The swine flu symptoms are very similar to those of a regular flu, so one cannot know for sure if s/he is suffering from influenza. However, if an individual has very high fever for more than two days and also presents sudden breathlessness, it is very important to contact the doctor as soon as possible.

6. Individuals who already have high fever should stay at home in order to prevent the disease from spreading. Other preventive measures include covering the face while coughing and sneezing, avoiding touching the face, nose and eyes, and washing the hands regularly.

7. Besides maintaining a proper immune system, there are other ways of preventing swine flu. These include eating healthy foods, getting good sleep, and avoiding stress. It is also better to avoid crowded places. If visiting public crowded places is a must, make sure to wash both the hands and feet well, or simply take a shower.

8. There are certain injectable vaccines against swine flu that are said to prevent the disease. However, the Government has ruled out universal vaccination for now and has recommended that those vaccines should be used only by people who are actively treating swine flu patients – that is, doctors and other healthcare practitioners.

9. Swine flu can only be diagnosed properly in a laboratory, by identifying the particular antigens associated with the virus type. Generally, this test is done is specialized laboratories alone, and not in doctors’ offices or hospital laboratories. However, doctors’ offices are able to send specimens to specialized laboratories if necessary.

10. Certain antiviral drugs which help treat swine flu are also available. However, one should only take these meds with a doctor’s prescription. The patient will also need to be hospitalized, isolated, and even put on ventilation in severe cases. Remember that indiscriminate use of medication against swine flu could lead to resistance to the virus.


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These are the most important facts you should know about swine flu, since they cover everything that has to do with the virus: transmission, symptoms, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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About Oseltamivir

Filed under: Symptoms of Swine Flu - 25 Oct 2012  | Share on :

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If you wonder what does this weird Oseltamivir have to do with swine flu symptoms, you have to know that the connection is quite simple. Oseltamivir is the drug marketed as Tamiflu, the vaccine used to battle swine flu. This is an antiviral drug which helps the body by stopping the spreading of influenza. The role of the drug is to cut the chemical ties of the virus with the host cell. Sold as Tamiflu, the drug can be found either as capsules or as an oral suspension. Since 1999, when it first appeared on the market, Oseltamivir is used to prevent the infection with Influenza A virus and influenza B virus.


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Oseltamivir or Tamiflu, how it was popularized, is mainly used to prevent the viruses that lead to influenza A and B. One of the major problems that appeared in time is that its effectiveness cannot be proven. The manufacturer of the drug, Hoffman – La Roche refused several times to offer data for independent analysis. However, in 2009 a review of the vaccine was published in Great Britain. According to this, Tamiflu does not offer so important benefits for previously healthy adults who displayed swine flu symptoms and received the vaccine in less than 24 hours since these appeared. The drug can be considered useful in what concerns reducing the duration of the swine flu symptoms, but its effects on patients with high risk complications is not known. For a better understanding of how the treatment works, Oseltamivir should be compared at least with paracetamol.


Tamiflu powder (for oral suspension)

It is recommended that the doctors prioritize the usage of the drug, which should first be offered to children under the age of 2, pregnant women, people over 65, patients with chronic illnesses and those with severe conditions and children under 19 which are under a long-term aspirin therapy. In the United States of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as CDC, recommend empiric treatment too for people who are suspected to have flu symptoms, no matter their age or condition. 


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One of the problems the producer of the drug needs to deal with is that Oseltamivir is often associated with strong and serious side effects. If the most common secondary effects include nausea, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea, the rarest are hepatitis, colitis, seizure, depression, hallucinations, allergic reactions and the Steven-Johnson syndrome.

In Japan, the Health Ministry warned doctors not to offer the drug to children between the ages of 10 and 19 and decided to include on the leaflet accompanying the drug the neurological and psychological disorders which can appear as side effects of Oseltamivir. According to data released by the same ministry, 15 people between 10 and 19 years old committed suicide in a period of three years, and all of them did this after taking the infamous vaccine. After these tragic deaths, a study was made in Japan, proving that children that took the drug were 54% more likely to exhibit unusual behavior compared to those that didn’t had the vaccine.

In its defense, the company that produces Tamiflu states that the drug saved the lives of 50,000,000 people since its release on the market and ask consumers to take into account the fact that the flu itself may cause psychological problems.

If Oseltamivir is really helpful or is just a scam, it’s hard to prove. The biggest concern in the medical community is to defend people of a possible future flu pandemic.

 

 

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Swine Flu Vaccine Can Cause Autism

Filed under: Symptoms of Swine Flu - 08 Oct 2012  | Share on :

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Even if the H1N1 virus was discovered many years ago, it was reserved only for medical journals until 2009 when the massive swine flu outbreak took place. People were relieved when millions of doses of swine flu vaccine were sent off to various medical facilities. Men, women and even children went to be immediately vaccinated.


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Nonetheless, what happens when a vaccine that should help, carries dangerous side effects? Swine flu usually causes fatigue, nausea, body aches, coughing, but also brain damage. This can happen also in young children and even unborn babies. If a pregnant woman develops swine flu, the virus can attack the genes that control birth, sometimes resulting in the newborn developing autism.


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Pregnant women who have swine flu tend to rush immediately to get vaccinated, but maybe this is not so safe as it may seem. Swine flu vaccine contains mercury, more specifically Thimerosal, a preservative. It has been proved that Mercury and many forms of it can cause autism, as well as other neurological disorders.


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Therefore, the question is: Should you avoid vaccination because of its damaging side effects or hope that your child won’t get swine flu? Or, on the other hand, should you inject your child or yourself with an element that is known as causing autism and neurological damage?


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You are the one who has the answer and this depends on your personal opinion, thinking if the risk of the swine flu vaccine outweighs the risk of the flu. The Centre for Disease Control claims that there will be mercury-free vaccine in injections and nasal spray forms, but this is still uncertain. Nonetheless, talk to your doctor and ask his opinion related to swine flu vaccine and its negative side-effects.

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The Possible Major Effects Of The Swine Flu Vaccine

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Unfortunately for the population, not having the swine flu vaccine might prove to be quite dangerous, while having it might have similar effects. Apparently, this controversial vaccine may have major side effects that could affect the health of those that agree to do it. Moreover to this, many people might even be rejected on having the shot because of the risks they would submit to. The swine flu vaccine clearly wasn’t tested enough because of the short time in which he was created and launched on the market. 

In present, Tamiflu is not mandatory (with small exceptions in a few states on the whole globe). But the worst thing to hear is that not even scientists, researchers, doctors or nurses want to have the vaccine. Tamiflu did not had enough testing and although it is similar to a vaccine created against flu in the 1970s it is not considered safe in present.

In the next video you can see the opinion of a journalist who made a thorough research on the topic in 2009 in order to have a clear idea on the links between the swine flu pandemic, the vaccine and the side effects this can have.

There are a few regular side effects of the vaccine, things that are normal to happen but don’t have connection to the major serious effects of Tamiflu and that should not raise concerns if encountered:

  • head and muscular aches;
  • fatigue;
  • nausea;
  • fever;
  • swelling and redness on the area of the shot.

To avoid these and worse negative effects of the vaccine, people with egg allergy and with the Guillan Barre Syndrome are not allowed to have it.

 

The problem is that it is still not sure if the vaccine is generally safe for people to have and the medical community is split into two teams, while regular people don’t know what is best for them after hearing so many different opinions.

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A New Strain of Swine Flu Virus is Developing

Filed under: Swine Flu Symptoms - 20 Sep 2012  | Share on :

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Swine flu is a terrible respiratory disease caused by a series of virus trains that infect the respiratory tract of pigs and result in nasal secretions, a barking cough, decreased appetite and listless behaviour. Swine flu viruses may mutate so that they are easily transmissible among humans. The 2009 swine flu outbreak is due to infection with the so-called H1N1 virus and was first observed in Mexico.


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The symptoms of the swine flu in humans are similar to most influenza infections: fever, cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headache. Researchers and doctors have come up with two antiviral agents: zanamivir (Relenza) and oseltamivir (Tamiflu), that have been reported to help prevent or reduce the effects of swine flu if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Even though specialists have said that the virus infestation is no longer that cruel, there is a new type of swine flu has infected at least 145 people, mostly children, since July 12. This is a worrisome situation the nation is going through.

CDC’s Dr. Joseph Breese said that there is a constant increase of swine flu cases. People have contracted this virus after contact with pigs at county fairs. So far, most of the cases have been mild. Only two people have been hospitalised this years and there were no reported cases of deaths.

Here are some facts about this new type of flu.

How Do People Catch This Virus?

This year, human cases have occurred after exposure to infected pigs, the CDC reported. When a pig sneezes or coughs, it spews virus-infected droplets into the air and onto surfaces that can find their way to people.


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H3N2v has mostly spread at agricultural fairs, which are common for this time of year. They offer prime conditions, said Richard Webby, a flu researcher at St.Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. At these fairs, there are many unvaccinated pigs which “help” spread the virus faster.

What is the Age Group Prone to Swine Flu Virus?


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More often than not, children are the ones prone to getting the swine flue virus. Farmers bring pigs to agricultural fairs and care for the animals. Thus, they have a higher resistance to the virus, due to their stronger immune system. At the slightest flu symptom, parents should take their children to visit the doctor. About 30% of U.S. adults seem to have antibodies that protect against H3N2v. This is probably due to the fact the H3N2 virus circulated in humans in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Why is This Type of Virus Different from N1H1?

Even if patients took the shot against the N1H1, this strain is different from the previous one. H2N2v is more closely related to a strain of swine flue that was common in humans around 1995. However, it is highly important people get the flu shot this fall.

People at high risk of complications from flu, including the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, might want to avoid any contact with fair pigs altogether, the CDC recommended.

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Top Three Conspiracy Theories

Filed under: Conspiracy Theories - 08 Aug 2012  | Share on :

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When it comes about the swine flu, everybody has an opinion. And because the virus has spread so fast and in so many parts of the world, people started believing it must be something wrong with it. Moreover, when they heard the news that it is actually a combination of four different viruses, many began to elaborate theories which sustain the fact that the swine flu pandemic is actually a huge conspiracy. If you want to learn more about the most famous conspiracy theories surrounding the problem of the swine flu pandemic which appeared some years ago, you need to read this article and to watch the video bellow.

  • The Government wanted to stop overpopulation. Believe it or not, many people people are convinced that the United States government actually wanted to kill people living in America and also those in other countries. According to this theory, there would have been less people living on Earth and they would have been much easier to control, not to mention that they would have needed much less food.
  • Pharmaceutical companies wanted to make money through the sales of the vaccine. Apparently, the “lords” of the pharmaceutical industry considered that they don’t make enough money and they decided to spread a virus which only they can heal. Indeed, the vaccine against swine flu was extremely requested by those afraid not to contract the disease, but it is a little bit hard to believe that pharmaceutical companies could implement such a monstrous plan so easily.
  • A killer wanted to assassinate Obama. According to this conspiracy theory, Obama had a meeting in Mexico where he met a famous archeology who already had the swine flu and died the second day after their meeting. However, Barack Obama, the president of the United States of America didn’t catch the flu and he continues to live healthy even in present.

To the dismay of conspiracy supporters, none of the theories actually proved to be real and the only ones who could be blamed (from a certain perspective) are farmers who had sick animals. The swine flu pandemic was stopped at some point and in present, scientists and doctors hope they will never again have to face such a problem.

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Swine Flu Vaccine And Risk Factors

Filed under: Symptoms of Swine Flu - 31 Jul 2012  | Share on :

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Swine flu is a respiratory disease that is caused by a new strain of influenza virus. As seasonal flu vaccines don’t protect against this disease, new flu vaccines have been developed.

Usually, swine flu is mild, but there are cases when some people are very ill with swine flu. Generally, swine flu symptoms include:

 

  • tiredness
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • fever
  • headaches
  • aching muscles
  • chills
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • sneezing
  • runny nose

 

Pregnant women and people with a weak immune system are at higher risk and they may need to go to the hospital, but some even die. This is the main reason why it’s very important to have a vaccine that prevents people from catching swine flu.

People also have to know that swine flu vaccines are different from seasonal flu vaccines because the seasonal flu vaccine doesn’t protect against swine flu.

 


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Swine flu vaccine should be offered first to those who are at higher risk of developing severe symptoms:

 

1. Adults and children over six months of age who have long-term diseases such as:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic neurological diseases
  • Immunosupression caused by treatment or by a disease.

2. Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy as they are at risk of being seriously ill if they will catch this type of flu. Studies show that pregnant women are four times more likely to develop severe complications and the risks are highest at the later stages of pregnancy.


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3. People who live together in the same house and someone has a compromised immune system. In this case, the person who has a weak immune system should ask the others to vaccinate to protect her against catching swine flu, as well. Nonetheless, someone with a compromised immune system should discuss with his practice nurse or doctor if he isn’t sure if he should be vaccinated.

 


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Even though this vaccine is very useful, some people cannot have it: those who have had severe allergic reactions to a previous dose of the vaccine or any element of it and those who have anaphylactic reaction to eggs.

 


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All types of vaccines, as well as swine flu vaccine cause several mild side-effects such as redness, soreness, fever, headache, muscle aches, as well as swelling at the site of the injection. You also have to know that, fortunately, these symptoms are much milder than swine flu itself and they last a day or so, so you will be safe.

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General Information on the Swine Flu Vaccine

Filed under: Swine Flu Symptoms - 26 Jul 2012  | Share on :

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In 2009, swine flu has created a real pandemonium among many people around the world. Doctors and specialists have come up with a specially designed vaccine that kept the virus under control, not letting to spread in the whole body. The swine flu H1N1 vaccine was shipped in the United States and in other nations that desperately needed it. The swine flu or H1N1 flu could not be resisted by taking the seasonal flu vaccine. Here are some of the main risks and side effects associated with taking the swine flu or H1N1 vaccine.

Recommendations for Taking the H1N1 Vaccine


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The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices that there are certain high risk groups that need the 2009 H1N1 swine flu vaccine, including all children from 6 months through 18 years of age. Also included in these recommendations for the swine flu vaccine are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age.
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • Young adults 19 through 24 years of age
  • Persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza

Nasal vs Injectable Swine Flu Vaccines


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Since there are two virus roots, there are also two types of H1N1 treatment methods. The traditional flu shot contains proteins separated from the flu virus. Those proteins cannot cause illness. Your immune system learns to recognise them and mounts a protective reaction if a real live flu virus tries to infect you.

The nasal spray functions a bit differently. It contains a live flu virus that has been weakened to the point where it cannot cause flu anymore. Although it is pretty scary, millions of people have taken the vaccine and have not experienced any serious side-effects. The advantage of the nasal spray is that in children who have never had the flu or a flu vaccine before, it seems to elicit a stronger immune response than the flu shot.

Swine Flu Vaccine Side Effects


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According to doctors, the vaccine is very safe. However, there are some side effects, since the vaccine is still new and it takes time for the body to get used to the active substances in it. Some of the side effects include:

  • mild fever
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • headache
  • fainting, especially in adolescents
  • soreness, redness, or swelling at the injections site
  • runny nose or congestion, especially if the nasal spray flu vaccine is used

Other Things to Know About H1N1

  • As of December 2010, more than 76 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine had been shipped to doctors and clinics.
  • As with the seasonal flu vaccine, children who are allergic to eggs should not routinely get the the swine flu vaccine, especially if they have a severe allergy.
  • You can get only one of the two types of swine flu vaccines at a time. Do not combine both the flu shot and the swine flu nasal spray.
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Finnish Doctor Explain Conspiracy

Filed under: Conspiracy Theories - 23 Jul 2012  | Share on :

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Doctor Rauni Kilde, on her complete name, Rauni Leena Luukanen Kilde, is a Finnish physician living in Norway. Since 1982, she studies mind control, ufology and parapsychology and through time she has written books and articles in these domains. Kilde was born in Varstsila in 1939, but moved with her family in Helsinki when she was a child, during World War II and she grew up in the city. She studied medicine and graduated in 1967. For a period, she worked in dental medicine and in veterinary medicine in a small Finnish town, Pelkosenniemi. In 1975 she started her job as a medical officer in Rovaniemi, Lapland. In 1987 she married a Norwegian diplomat and in 1992 the couple moved in Norway where Kilde still lives.

As a teenger, Kilde has a special interest in paranormal, so in 1982 she published a book named There Is No Death. in 1985 she had a car accident which made her retire. After the accident she stated she was kidnapped by extraterrestrial forces and she can now communicate with aliens thanks to her relationship with them. She also claims that the government of the United State of America in involved in a secret exchange program between aliens and humans.  Kilde is convinced that secret military agencies control the human minds through cellphones and computers. So, she is sure that the swine flu is simply a plot meant to kill the population of the world, or at least that of the United States of America. The swine flu vaccine was promoted by the World Health Organization, Henry Kissinger and the Bilderberg Group and according to her, all of them want to take control over humanity. 

Here is a short video in which Rauni Kilde explains why she doesn’t believe in the swine flu:

Of course, Kilde is not the only one who thinks that the problem of swine flu is an actual conspiracy and not a real issue. Dozens of theories are circulation on the Internet stating the same thing. The most famous conspiracy theories related to this type of flu are the following three:

  • pharma companies trying to rip off people. According to this one, the pharmaceutical companies created the disease so they could also sell the vaccine. As in the United States of America the vaccine was mandatory at some point, this theory seems to have a strong base.
  • doctors would rip off people. As the revenues of doctors have lowered in the last decades, many people believe that swine flu was used in order to bring people back in the offices of doctors.
  • the American government trying to decimate the population. This theory is in accordance with that of Kilde, as she also claims that the American government makes experiments and would be happy to decrease the number of people in the country.

Ludicrous or not, these theories have a lot of adepts. And as long as people like Kilde, with studies in medicine and with a certain level of fame will continue to promote them, these will seem more and more realistic. Unfortunately, swine flu is real, but hopefully, no pandemic will ever again appear.

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