By Kim Stagliano
CBS News asks CDC for hard stats on H1N1 numbers: "Your office has stopped communicating with us...." Is anyone at CDC counting actual H1N1 case numbers to back up the statements that we have a medical epidemic? Read the full article at CBS News HERE.
...If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.
In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That's according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.
The ramifications of this finding are important. According to the Center for Disease Control, CDC, and Britain's National Health Service, once you have H1N1 flu, you're immune from future outbreaks of the same virus. Those who think they've had H1N1 flu -- but haven't -- might mistakenly presume they're immune. As a result, they might skip taking a vaccine that could help them, and expose themselves to others with H1N1 flu under the mistaken belief they won't catch it. Parents might not keep sick children home from school, mistakenly believing they've already had H1N1 flu.
Here's what my children's school district sent home yesterday as part of a letter about H1N1 requesting hand washing, that students who are sick remain home for 3-5 days and to inform us they are stepping up disinfection within the school:
Since patient testing will not be routinely recommended for H1N1 (swine flu), we cannot accurately communicate specific school or class information regarding potential cases. The school nurses will continue to work with the Health District if there is a sudden or unusual increase of illness in a school or classroom.
Why aren't doctors and hospitals testing every single case to make sure our citizens are protected and know whether or not they've contracted this virus? And is the insurance industry involved in this decision?
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism, mother of three daughters with autism and the author of All I Can Handle. I'm No Mother Teresa. due Fall 2010. She blogs at Kim Stagliano and for Huffington Post.