Last Friday, October 23, the swine flu outbreak was officially declared by President Barack Obama as a national emergency. This development gives Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the go-signal to bypass normal federal regulations so health authorities can deal with the disease more quickly, as it allegedly has killed more than 1,000 Americans.
Obama said that the evolution of the disease has the potential “to overburden health care resources.”
Among the measures taken was the mass production of the swine flu vaccine. The country is expected to have about 50 million doses of the swine flu shot by mid-November and 150 million in December.
But is the situation really out of hand?
For Dr. Joseph Mercola, declaring the swine flu outbreak as a national emergency is an irrational response.
One thousand swine flu deaths? Show us the evidence, Mercola demands, because there is NO solid and scientific data to back this claim.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits that they have stopped testing for H1N1 since the end of August. The CDC’s new case definitions for swine flu allows states to report flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, either confirmed or probable, resulting from all types of influenza, not just those from H1N1 flu.
Dr. Mercola points out that the death toll is likely an overestimate of the actual number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, which include reports which are not actually swine flu cases or common flu cases.
Exaggeration is not something new for the CDC. The agency reported that in 2005, 36,000 people died because of the common flu. But if you take a look at the data, you will discover that the pneumonia and flu death counts were taken as one to come up with a bloated figure and hide the fact that only 1,806 people actually died from the flu.
Was the number of swine flu deaths exaggerated to lay the groundwork for a mass swine flu vaccination campaign and help big pharmaceutical companies earn billions of dollars in swine flu shot sales?
Mercola is not trying to say that swine flu should not be taken seriously. He just feels that the American people should not be deceived into thinking that H1N1 is a widespread killer disease, and that vaccination is the only way to go.
Continue to be vigilant and educate yourself and your loved ones about flu shots and how you can safely avoid the flu.