Swine Flu Now Considered a National Emergency According to Obama

President Obama declared the swine flu pandemic a “national emergency” this past Saturday. The H1N1 flu strand – aka “swine flu” – has become widespread across 46 states in the U.S. and experts believe that it could get worse. There have been delays in the delivery of swine flu vaccines to health care facilities, so what’s going on?

The Washington Times recently reported on the story that has got the American public in a frenzy. People fear the swine flu like the plague, and although it can be deadly, the H1N1 virus has proven to be less deadly than the “regular” flu strand that comes along every year mainly between the months of November and March. So far in the U.S., 1,000 deaths have been attributed to swine flu in comparison to the thousands more that die each year in the U.S. due to complications from the seasonal flu. In other words, I don’t think people should be any more fearful about the swine flu as they are about the annual seasonal flu.

President Obama’s declaration this past weekend will make it easier for people to receive care if they are suspected of carrying the H1N1 virus by loosening regulations on Medicare, Medicaid and insurance requirements that often slow down the process for someone who is seeking care from a health facility. This should help speed up treatment and hopefully reduce the spread of the virus.

The government had hoped to have 120 million H1N1 vaccines ready to go by now, but only about 11 million have been shipped to health care facilities so far. They hope to have 150 million additional vaccines ready to go by December.

The government and many health officials are asking the public to allow children, pregnant women and the elderly first crack at the swine flu vaccinations due to the shortage.

Though I do not know of anyone personally who has, or has had, the swine flu, I am seeing the effects of it everyday in my community. An incredible amount of school districts, community events and sporting events have been canceled to try and prevent the H1N1 virus from spreading. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and it has me wondering…With the seasonal flu being more deadly than the swine flu statistically speaking, how come there’s not this sort of panic every time flu season rolls around?

One Response to Swine Flu Now Considered a National Emergency According to Obama
  1. Bryan

    I think Obama made the right decision and It’s for the good of the people anyway. We should try to eat healthy foods to strengthen our resistance against Swine Flu. I think only people that have low resistance is affected by swine flu.

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