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there's no vaccine to either. people die from both. not everyone who has gotten swine flu has died. most people who have died from the disease lived in impoverished areas, were very young or very old and their bodies weren't strong enough to fight off the disease, didn't have enough money to take care of themselves properly, or had poor hygiene. Is there really much of a difference between the swine flu and the regular flu? Are people worrying too much over the swine flu?

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Linda Marcus said...

Regular flu kills 36,000 people a year in the United States and estimated 375,000 worldwide, About 90 percent of those deaths are among people older than 65 who already have health problems and cause their underlying disease to decompensate and then they don't have the reserves to fight the regular virus. Peoples are worried about the new swine flu outbreak because many of those who died in Mexico have been young and otherwise healthy individual.
There are no particular symptoms that distinguish swine flu from other types of flu. Symtoms like diarrhea and vomiting are also associated with swine flu. Those symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions, and that means that you and your doctor can't know, just based on your symptoms.
There is a similarity between the swine flu epidemic centered in Mexico City and the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Infants and elderly were spared. It was the young adults with robust immune systems that were the prime victims and the disease took them literally by storm. What happens with young and healthy patients is that their immune systems react so strongly that they can triggers something known as a "cytokine storm".
In response to every infection, the body has a number of ways to fight back against the invading enemy. Cytokines are part of this defense. The name "cytokine storm" basically describes an over-reaction of a healthy immune system that has over-reacted and is damaging the body, causing failure of multiple organ systems. It can be triggered by many things, including viruses, although it's not common for human influenza A virus strains to cause it. The same thing occurs with new swine flu virus and the body has no defenses built up. When infected the body's own defensive systems are triggered to a powerful extent and cause havoc to the immune system. It’s something like dropping an H-bomb on a suspected burglar in your back yard. The result is to kill, or needlessly harm, the patient
In children the immune responses are still developing, while the elderly immune function tends to be weaker due to the aging process. Both groups have weak immune system that is why they are vulnerable to complications from the regular flu and tend to get pneumonia and other opportunistic infections after being weakened further by the regular flu. Fortunately, they don't have systems that react strongly to the flu itself that can generate the cytokine storm. However, the healthy approximately 15 to 60 year old individual the most likely to actually succumb to the swine flu.
A cytokine storm can overcome the nervous system and cause breathing and internal organs problems, which is why hospitals put critical flu patients on assisted machines. What really frightens experts in the pandemic field is the fact that most hospitals only have a few of these facilities and they are often in use for surgical or other critical patients. There is simply no way to provide interim support for tens of thousands of pandemic flu victims, even in advanced countries with a strong hospital system. The equipment just doesn't exist to put them all on breathing machines until their bodies are able to recover naturally.

sapphyre said...

Ok I'm getting tired of hearing about the Swine Flu being so terrible because it has the word "Swine" in front of Flu. Over 30,000 people die of the regular flu every year, while less than 200 have died from the Swine Flu. People with the regular flu may die within 7-8 days of being infected, just like those infected with the Swine Flu. So, in other words, the Swine Flu IS the same exact thing as the regular flu people get all the time.
Why compare Mexico's health care to the United States? Most of the deaths from the Swine occurred in Mexico, which has terrible health care. It's pathetic to compare the United States to Mexico medical wise.

Kayluhhh said...

The flu kills more, the swine flu doesn't have a vaccine. They're pretty much the same thing. They both attack the respiratory system.
Actually a lot of teenagers/young adults are being attacked with it, more than expected, so everyones suffereing from it.
People are worrying too much, but there is some reason to worry because nobody knows if it can take a turn to the worst or if there will ever be a vaccine. The strain could mutate and all the medicene that helps kill it might not be able to kill that strain if it mutates.
So on and so forth.
So there isn't much difference.

Anis said...

Unless you have access to a virology laboratory, you probably can't distinguish the two. Symptoms of swine and seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Patients do seem to be reporting diarrhoea and vomiting more often with swine flu than is the case for "normal" flu, but in practice the two forms are probably indistinguishable.

msalyssu said...

well swine flu came from pigs but its not the pigs fault so u shouldn't go off and kill all ur pigs like Egypt did.... and the regular flu as killed a WHOLE lot more people then this swine flu. Yes i do think people are worrying way too much over this. I can see why some do worry though. This is very dangerous for toddlers, babies, and the elderly because there defense system, for toddlers and babies, are not strong enough yet and the elderly defense system is to weak and not strong enough because of old age to fight the virus off. and we do not have a vaccine yet like we do for the other flu. So there is a reason to worry but don't go all crazy about it. Just take the precautions u would with the regular flu.

Anonymous said...

Unless you have access to a virology laboratory, you probably can't distinguish the two. Symptoms of swine and seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Patients do seem to be reporting diarrhoea and vomiting more often with swine flu than is the case for "normal" flu, but in practice the two forms are probably indistinguishable.

I am the next l3v31 said...

Its the same as the regular flu but many people are used to reg. flu's because they've had them before and your body's defences are able to fight off the flu's viruses.
However with the swine flu, people have never gotten them before so it hits you harder then a regular flu. Also the symptoms are stronger

netshark said...

Swine flu is a different strain that affects the immune system of typically healthy, young adults - and can lead to death. You need to check out http://SwineFluNotice.com and find out what you need to do to protect yourself and your family!

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