Why is the CDC misleading America’s seniors?

H1N1 Virus

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.”

From Newsweek

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.

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