Quoting: EMA 9162045 Quoting: MzTreeChick
The talk of vaccines is worrying to me.
If you choose to vaccinate please do your research first and make an informed decision.
IMO and it's only IMO, dosing up on Vit C powder is my personal choice to boost the immune system.
OP, didn't they in the last few days kill 10,000 ducks in VIC or SA due to bird flu???
Any discussion of a vaccine for H5N1 is very premature. In order to create the vaccine, they need to have the correct DNA sequences and Indonesia has been withholding them for years. Without knowing what the recent mutations are, there can be no vaccine that is effective.
Even this season's vaccine doesn't cover the newly mutated H3N2 virus; it will only protect against the older version. Hence some will get the flu vaccine and still get the flu.
While I'm all in favor of Vit C and many other alternative health measures, they really will not be able to dent the impact of H5N1 should it start to spread in wider numbers. In fact, a lot of deaths from a novel flu are the result of a strong
immune system, which overreacts to the flu virus, causing incredible damage to the body's organs, especially among the healthy 20-40 year olds. You can read about the effects of a "cytokine storm" in flu situations here -- [link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)
Im re quoting this from earlier today as I think that it is just so important for people to know and understand what the world is looking at with "Avian", or "Bird" flu, and also known by its patholigic designation H5N1.
Again with thanks to EMA for the contributions.
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Is immenently qualified to be a contributor here, these are her? credentials.I have been a member of PFI [Pandemic Flu Forum] since 2006.
I apolagise if I have your gender incorrect but you "sound" like a lady, my real suspicon is that you are a member of the CDC and attempting to be helpful, so anyway thank you for your worthwhile contributions.
also the comment about a bird flu being in Australia is correct...
here's that link with thanks again to...
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For spotting this almost hidden story and then making the effort, when requested, to try to source it for this thread, which she did and her efforts are appreciated.
I'm hoping that this information will again bet this important thread back on the front page for eveyones greater outlooks against such a terrifying killer that we could face at any time.
Please suggest a pin, this could save many lives.