Experts warn pandemic not over, especially for children. - 8 Feb 2010  
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Initial reports in the Eurosurveillance journal revealed that the H1N1 swine flu virus increased the death toll among European children between ages 5 and 14 in the last months of 2009, more than what would normally be expected at that time. Likewise, in the US, swine flu has killed over 300 children, which is more than double
the number of fatalities from regular seasonal flu, reflecting the H1N1's high mortality rate for the young.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also raised the country's death toll to an estimated 11,000. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden stated, “The estimates are actually much more accurate than the confirmed numbers.

The number of confirmed deaths is really just a small proportion of the number of total deaths.” The same under-reporting of actual cases is also true on a global scale.

Meanwhile, in Australia, epidemic experts predict that a second wave of swine flu may strike as early as the end of February, and that infections could even be accelerated as Australian children return from the holidays in the northern hemisphere, where a wave more recently had peaked.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 209 countries continue to report swine flu activity, and since last week, 463 people worldwide perished due to the pandemic.

As Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases stated, “Many people believe the outbreak is over (but) I think it is too soon for us to have that complacency.

This pandemic isn't over yet.” We sympathize with individuals and families afflicted by the swine flu pandemic, which has arisen due to the foul and inhumane conditions of animal raising that breed such viruses.
May all humans, young and old, find refuge for their immunity and longevity by choosing the vitality-boosting organic vegan lifestyle.