Swine flu vaccine still causing concern.
In a recent poll by the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, 35% of parents responded that they would not have their children vaccinated against the swine flu, the majority citing fear of side effects as the reason. Similarly, in Australia, where 191 have perished out of 47,000 total confirmed cases, 65% stated similarly that they did not intend to get the swine flu vaccine.
Death tolls from the virus have risen in the past few days in countries such as India with now 792 deaths, Iran with 147, 36 in Algeria, 49 in Hong Kong and Israel with 72 lost lives. Since April 2009, swine flu deaths worldwide have officially reached 20,083, with the World Health Organization stating that the actual mortality rate is “unquestionably higher,” especially since the cost of testing means that most swine flu cases go uncounted in less developed nations.
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 47 million Americans have been infected with the H1N1 virus, with nearly 10,000 who have died and more than 200,000 hospitalized.
In China, health officials are concerned about travel associated with the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities, which could worsen the swine flu’s spread. Globally, young children and people with existing health conditions such as asthma and diabetes remain significantly more vulnerable to severe illness and death.
Our prayers go out to those who have been affected or who have lost loved ones due to this disease. May animal product consumption, which is at the root of such viruses, soon be replaced with the immunity-protecting veg lifestyle, for the benefit of all world citizens and their loved ones.