The San Antonio Express-News confirms what I’m hearing in the ER’s at work: The bulk of the Swine Flu is pretty much passed us by:
After witnessing a lot of swine flu since children returned to school from summer break, San Antonio has seen a decline in flu-like illness, hospitalizations and school absentee rates the past two weeks, the city’s health director said Tuesday.
So does that mean swine flu is on the wane — especially since this area was the one of the first places in the United States to get swine flu six months ago?
“It is beginning to decline a little bit, but that’s not indicative that this is over,” said Dr. Fernando Guerra, director of the Metropolitan Health District. “And chances are that over the next weeks and months, especially with the overlapping regular (flu) season, we will see a second wave.”
Guerra, who briefed Bexar County Commissioners Court on the local outbreak, acknowledged that part of the decline in the disease might be the fact that enough people have been sickened by the new flu strain to have created what public health experts call herd immunity — a level of community resistance to the outbreak.
In any case, a break in the flu — even a temporary one — is welcome. By several measures — visits to pediatric emergency rooms and primary-care clinics, hospitalizations and school absenteeism — flu-like illnesses are in decline. School absentee rates peaked two weeks ago at 18 percent, Guerra said.
That’s a good thing, because we still don’t have any swine flu vaccine here, either:
As H1N1 vaccines trickle into the San Antonio area, local health officials are fine-tuning plans for how to best get those vaccines out. But if vaccines continue to dribble in, which appears to be the case, Metro Health will continue to target health care providers at OB-GYN offices and the pregnant women they look after, as the first 1,000 doses were distributed.
As of the end of last week, the state had distributed 7,350 doses to about 100 providers in the San Antonio area, he said. The state has only received about 1 million doses so far, said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“At one point, we expected to receive 3.4 million doses by mid October,” Williams said. “The manufacturing process is much slower than what was predicted. The availability is tied directly to what is manufactured.”
Not that any of this matters to President Narcissist. He’s got to get Nationalized Healthcare passed any way he can, so it’s Time to declare a Swine Flu Emergency!
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, giving his health chief the power to let hospitals move emergency rooms offsite to speed treatment and protect noninfected patients.
The declaration, signed Friday night and announced Saturday, comes with the disease more prevalent than ever in the country and production delays undercutting the government’s initial, optimistic estimates that as many as 120 million doses of the vaccine could be available by mid-October.
Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the strain of flu known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity. So far only 11 million doses have gone out to health departments, doctor’s offices and other providers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.
Administration officials said the declaration was a pre-emptive move designed to make decisions easier when they need to be made. Officials said the move was not in response to any single development.
“Pre-emptive move”? “Widespread Flu Activity”? More like shutting the barn door after the horses got out. Either that, or “never letting a good crisis go to waste.”
But despite the ‘widespread Flu Emergency”, Barack and Michelle have decided not to inoculate their daughters against the swine flu. What’s that tell ya?
Truth in disclosure notice: I have the swine flu as I write this. If this is all the swine flu has got, then I’ve had worse hay fever; and I’ve certainly had worse colds. Chicken soup and sweet tea seem to be doing the trick with the occasional Benadryl and Ibuprofen.