In the federal government’s explanations of swine flu, through its Web site and public-service announcements, one message has come through loud and clear: seniors can rest easy. Children face a much greater risk from this disease, and they are dying from it in numbers never seen with regular, seasonal flu. Maybe seniors even have some special immunity to H1N1.
There’s only one problem: according to a new analysis, the CDC’s own numbers show clearly and unequivocally that H1N1 is more than twice as deadly to seniors as to children. As a result, “many older adults undoubtedly underestimate their own risk and the importance of getting vaccinated,” says Peter Sandman, a longtime scholar of risk communication. “Older adults have been told they don’t have to worry, and that’s not true. If the virus comes back, people will die.”
Why do you suppose the government is promoting this false sense of security among the older population? If you’re a conspiracy nut like I’m becoming, it’s not a giant leap to figure this out.
January 13th, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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January 11th, 2010 at 8:55 PM
I remember when we first started hearing about this, when it was still in Mexico only, the thinking was that swine flu was similar to the swine flu in 1976, so most people would have an immunity.
So, they are not keeping up with “full disclosure” on this either!!! They shut the doors and forgot to open them.