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Published:January 6th, 2011 10:38 EST
The Swine Flu is Back!

The Swine Flu is Back!

By Askin Ozcan (Mentor)

After an early indication in Saudi Arabia, India and Australia, where a few deaths marked the reoccurrence of the swine flu this season, Europe seems to be the current victim of the disease. In the U.K. 39 deaths have been reported of swine flu this season, 12 of which occured last week. 738 are in critical condition.

In Sweden, swine flu cases are doubling every week. A 9 year-old boy has died. Vaccines in both countries seem hard to get, though last year a significant amount of surplus vaccines were thrown into the garbage due to expired usage dates.

This year`s normal influenza vaccine contains 1/3 swine flu vaccine also. Authorities both in U.K. and Sweden are recommending that people should vaccinate themselves against the swine flu. Those who got vaccinated last year, who also got vaccinated with the usual influenza vaccine this year, seem to have good protection. Last year`s swine flu caused many deaths, but not more than the number of deaths caused by the usual influenza.

The high class warning by the international health authorities last year, seems a little exaggerated. Risk groups who are more likely to contract the swine flu are as follows: pregnant women, those under 2 and those above 65 years of age, heart and circulatory disease patient,s seriously ill people, people with decreased immunity, HIV patients, extremely overweight persons, patients with chronic lung disease and kidney and liver deficiencies and patients with heavy diabetes.

Last year Swedish press reported over 72 side effects from the swine flu vaccine, including death, but this year`s usual influenza vaccine with 1/3 swine influenza vaccine does not seem to give as much of a problem. Whether it gives as much protection as a full swine influenza vaccine is yet to be seen.