707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
It appears France is suffering from a lack of flu shots these days... Guess what happened ?
Apparently, a lot of people are now fearful of catching the bird flu (H5N1 virus), so they are getting vaccined against human flu. As a result, elderly people who want to get protection against the human flu (they are the ones at risk there ) cannot get their shot anymore.
Thanks to the newspaper, even though they say the opposite, people now believe :
- bird flu is a clear and present danger, (let us remember the H5N1 virus only affects the birds, it needs a mutation to affect humans),
- flu vaccine shots will prevent people to get it (while this vaccine is protecting only from the human flu, and there is for the moment no vaccine against the bird flu)...
- Oh yes, forget that one : you can catch bird flu by eating chicken...
How is it in other countries ? Are your fellow countrymen as stupid as mine on that matter ?
Willo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
Same thing happening in the UK. My 85 year old father-in-law has been waiting 3 weeks for his shot as they have run out of vaccine due to stupid people who don't need it being innoculated "against bird flu". The media haven't helped by their constant coverage and over hyping of the risks.
707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1553 times:
Much more seriously, let us also remember that although a healthy human adult can get the flu, he is usually able to fight it we he catch it. Not a piece of cake though, I caught the flu last winter, I got the week in hell (39 C for a few days, completely K.O. the days after...). I survived though.
An elderle person, now, that is another story. If Willo's father in law catch the flu without having been vaccined, his chances of survival are absolutely not the same. IMO, it is egoistic, and almost criminal for a healthy 35 year old to get that shot if a 85 year old cannot.
AsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1490 times:
The people I've talked to seem to know that the bird flu and human flu are different. They also know that the traditional annual "flu shot" won't protect against bird flu. The media has done a good job explaining things.