Although Obama recently declared the H1N1 flu a national emergency, it still remains that there are 36,000 deaths in the USA from the regular flu every year, but there has been less than 600 deaths this year from the H1N1 flu. President Obama is not calling a national emergency for the 36,000 that die from regular flu.
Preventable deaths last year in the USA that were not declared a national emergency:
MD errors (iatrogenic) 2,200,000
No medical insurance 45,000
Infant deaths 28,527 (2500 of them from SIDS)
War in Iraq & Afghanistan 5,130 (American GI combat deaths only)
(pvt contractors, deaths in
hospital from war injuries,
friendly fire, and accidental
deaths not included)
Domestic violence 1000-1600
H1N1 flu 2009 593 Only this one is declared a national emergency.
I am confounded at the hullabaloo caused by the H1N1 flu rather than the sharp increase of smoking among youths and young adults, or obesity rates of 1 in 3. I believe the H1N1 " " preparations are nothing more than a drill for the real pandemic in the unknown future.
If only they could get MD's to wash their hands, we could prevent the majority of the 2M annual deaths from people catching a in the hospital (nosocomial disease). Where's the national emergency about this? Maybe they can rush through a vaccine that will prevent hospital patients from catching diseases before entering the hospital. Or better yet, a vaccine that will promote hand washing among doctors. How about a vaccine that will prevent greed in corporate executives?
I believe the declaration of a "national emergency" is nothing more than the means for another corporate robbery of taxpayer funds to pay BigPharma for a vaccine that grandfathered in safety testing from another similar vaccine.