I got the Swine Flu nasal vaccine today.
I might be programmed like a Cylon!
Well—If it is a plot under the orders of President Obama, I’m already a Godless Socialist.
I would have never gotten the vaccine under President Bush. His version of the vaccine would have turned me into a right-wing nut.
This is from the link above about the nanochips—
“I am not an expert in biophysics by any means, but someone who is qualified in this field proposed the idea that a nanochip in a “swine flu” vaccine could interact with heavy metals such as mercury and aluminium, also in that same vaccine in large quantities, to turn your body into a type of receiver for electromagnetic waves….These electromagnetic waves sent at certain frequencies from various points (HAARP facilities?) could activate the heavy metals inside your body, influence biochemical and physical components and alter your emotions.”
Swine Flu may have peaked in many parts of the nation, but this may only be a prelude to a another wave of the affliction later this winter.
I don’t want you to get the flu. I want you to wash your hands. Here are some tips on proper hand washing from the Centers for Disease Control—
When washing hands with soap and water:
- Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
- Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
- Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to a friend!
- Rinse hands well under running water
- Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet
There are many good hand washing web sites if you look the subject up.
The Swine Flu may seem to be abating wherever it is you live, but it is very possible it may come back.
Please take steps to avoid the Swine Flu so that you do not get sick.
I read a brief story today that Kelloggs will stop making claims on cereal boxes about boosts to the immune system offered by consuming Kelloggs’ products.
This is in response to suggestions that eating cereal will not prevent your child from getting swine flu.
So no—Eating Cocoa Krispies—seen below—is not the path to health for children or for yourself.
There is concern about a second wave of Swine Flu in the United States that might be triggered in part by the start of the school year.
Many adults may need to take off work to take care of sick kids. Many adults may get sick themselves.
Yet many American workers don’t have paid sick time or don’t have enough paid sick time.
Here is a link to a Huffington Post story based on research by the Drum Major Institute about how many workers lack paid sick days in the United States. It is estimated that 46 million private sector workers do not have a single paid sick day.
Legislation to guarantee American workers paid sick time was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. We’ll see if it ever passes. With a Democratic President and large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, you’d think long overdue legislation to make sure everybody has paid sick days would pass easily.
You hear a lot of talk about family and children in the United States. But really what many have in America is contempt for any group of people who need some help to get by in day-to-day life. Many have this contempt even if the help required is something that people have earned by virtue of the work they have done.
Above is a picture of what is said to be the second largest boar in the world. The word boar in this case seemed to describe a male domestic pig and not a wild undomesticated pig.
I took this picture last week at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Here is the link to the Indiana State Fair. The fair runs through August 23 so there is still time for you to attend.
I have a picture of the world’s largest boar that was in a nearby pen. But this picture is better.
The big “Please do not touch” sign seemed to be as much about Swine Flu as the fact that the boar might attack you.
Around the swine pavilion at the fair where many posters instructing you to wash your hands after visiting the exhibit. The signs said that if you do not wash your hands after visiting the exhibit, that you might contract the swine flu.
Houston District A Councilwoman Toni Lawrence said that the small child from Mexico who died in a Houston hospital last week from Swine Flu should not have been treated here because the child was not an American citizen.
Here’s what she said—
“The last thing I want to do and I may be overreacting, I will be the first to say. But we had a situation in their pediatrics department now, Children’s Hospital. This child was not a United States citizen and to me we have jeopardized the Hospital District and possibly conventions. I know tour boats are not leaving Galveston now because they are not going to Mexico.”
Now I realize that Ms. Lawrence is not a fully coherent person based on this statement, but the part about the kid not being an American citizen is clear enough.
Ms. Lawrence also said this—I’m very concerned that someone died here in Houston with (swine flu). I’m very concerned that council wasn’t told of this in a prompt way. Again we could have got an e-mail this morning. We did not. So that is a very big concern for me. I think it’s a real reality and we need to be aware of this and continue to do things for Houston and not for anybody else but what’s best for Houston.”
Houston District I Councilmember James Rodriguez offered a fair and useful retort to Ms. Lawrence’s views. Here is what Mr. Rodriguez said—
“During our City Council meeting this week, my colleague, Council Member Toni Lawrence made reference to the 23 month old child who died of Swine Flu in a local hospital. She emphasized that “The child was not a United States citizen” and added that “we need to do things for Houston and not for anybody else.” Consequently, those comments have negatively alarmed many residents throughout the city. Now is not the time for rhetoric that could potentially have a negative impact on public health. Now is not the time to inject a person’s immigration status in this very critical issue. If an individual is showing symptoms, we want them to seek immediate medical treatment without fear of being questioned of their immigration status….”
However, Councilman Rodriguez has not been so welcoming of a new home for the homeless in Houston that has been planned for construction in his district. He asserted the following position after the murder of a homeless person near where the home has been proposed.
“I am not against homeless initiatives. I do support them. I just think this area and this part of my district has enough on its plate right now,” said Rodriguez.”
I’m sure Mr. Rodriguez is fair to say that his district has many of these homes. Yet a frequent argument about our undocumented population and about further immigration to the United States is that we have enough of those folks here already.
I don’t think compassion stops at our borders and I don’t think compassion stops at the lines of Mr. Rodriguez ‘s district.
Below—Councilman Rodriguez and the singer Rihanna. Each have umbrellas.
Hold on Grim Reaper!!!—The Swine Flu virus so far is relatively mild.
“There is more evidence that a serious pandemic is not imminent. In 1976 there was an outbreak of an H1N1 swine virus in Fort Dix, N.J., which showed human-to-human transmission but did not go on to become a highly virulent strain. This virus was very similar to regular swine influenza viruses and did not show a high affinity for the human host. Although the swine virus currently circulating in humans is different from the 1976 virus, it is most likely not more virulent than the other seasonal strains we have experienced over the last several years. It lacks an important molecular signature (the protein PB1-F2) which was present in the 1918 virus and in the highly lethal H5N1 chicken viruses. If this virulence marker is necessary for an influenza virus to become highly pathogenic in humans or in chickens — and some research suggests this is the case — then the current swine virus, like the 1976 virus, doesn’t have what it takes to become a major killer….Since people have been exposed to H1N1 viruses over many decades, we likely have some cross-reactive immunity against the swine virus. While it may not be sufficient to prevent illness, it may very well dampen the impact of the virus on mortality. I would postulate that by virtue of this “herd immunity,” even a 1918-like H1N1 virus could never have the horrific effect it had in the past. The most likely outcome is that the current swine virus will become another (fourth) strain of regular seasonal influenza.”
We’ll see how long all this is the case, but for now there is hope that the Swine Flu is not as bad a threat as many have feared.
So close the coffin door, for the time being, and go have a beer or whatever makes you happy.
My friend Saleema writes in her blog that Hispanic kids are getting the cold shoulder from other students in Houston schools because of the Swine Flu.
This is, at the surface, because the Swine Flu started in Mexico. The more substantive reason though, as Saleema suggests in her blog, is that many parents are incompetent and don’t teach their kids to treat others well.
Saleema’s sister attends a Houston High School and has seen Hispanic kids being avoided. Saleema writes the blog Ink Spot. Here is the post I’m referencing.
It’s important for us to recall that all people are yucky. They cough and sneeze without covering their mouths, they don’t wash after using the restroom and they don’t wash their hands before eating a meal.
A group of people should not be shunned for any reason. Let’s focus on specific individuals who are walking around coughing on people.
Here are seven Swine Flu poems–
Does your child cover her mouth when she coughs/Or is she a reflection of you/Because of the poor example you’ve set/Your kids are spreading the Swine Flu
You’ve enjoyed those pork chops/And that pork rib B-B-Q/But now the table has been turned/And pigs are killing you
Some are mad at Mexico/Because that is where the Swine Flu began/But when disease our ancestors brought killed Native Americans/We happily took their land
Here is a problem/For all you creationists to solve/ If evolution is not true/How is it that viruses evolve
Texas Governor Perry said/ Maybe Texas should secede/Then he called up Washington/And said send the flu medicine we need
People die in poverty and disease/All around the world each day/But we never hear the end of it/When people in wealthy nations get sick in some novel way
Between the global flu outbreak /And the global economic disaster/ Who can make a prediction/Of what will do us in faster
The first Swine Flu case has been found in the Houston-area. This case is in Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County borders Harris County. Houston is in Harris County.
The Houston area’s first local resident to be diagnosed with swine flu has been confirmed in Fort Bend County. Officials at Fort Bend County’s health department said early Wednesday evening that they just received confirmation of the case from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The resident, a teenage girl, was not hospitalized and is recovering, said the officials. She is a student in Bellaire at Episcopal High School, which starting Thursday will close through the weekend. The illness started in the middle of last week, and she was treated by a private medical center. She had not recently traveled to Mexico.”
So far we have one confirmed case in an area of over five million people and the girl who got sick did not have a severe illness. That’s we are at this point in Houston. It may well be a bad deal before it is all over. But all we can do now is take steps not to get sick.
Here are tips from the City of Houston Swine Flu web home about avoiding the Swine Flu—
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue and throw it away promptly. If there is no tissue available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Avoid shaking hands. Do not kiss in greeting.
Here is the full City of Houston site. It has information relevant from wherever in the world you are reading this blog post.
Instead of a kiss or shaking hands, try a hat tip instead as you see President Calvin Coolidge doing back in 1924.
Remember, there is no point getting mad at pigs for all this trouble. They are just getting us back for how we eat them. Below is an illustration of the process of pork packing in 19th-Century Cincinnati. Cincinnati was known as “Porkopolis” in those days for all the pork packing. I don’t believe in Karma, but here may a case of what goes around comes around.
Here is how to wash your hands from the folks who bring you National Hand Washing Week—
There’s a right way to wash your hands. A splash of water and a drop or two of soap won’t do the trick. Follow these simple steps to keep your hands clean:
- Use warm water (not cold or hot).
- Use whatever soap you like. Antibacterial soaps are popular but regular soap works fine. If you suspect that your hands have come into contact with someone with an infection, think about using an alcohol hand sanitizer.
- Rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces: Lather up on both sides of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers, and around your nails. Wash for 15 seconds – about how long it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”
- Rinse well under warm running water and pat dry with a clean towel.
- In public restrooms, consider using a paper towel to flush the toilet and open the door because toilet
- and door handles harbor germs. Throw the towel away after you leave.
Please click here for the City of Houston Swine Flu information home page. It is very helpful.
Another reason I’m linking to it is what it says at the bottom of the page. It says this—
Other sources of information:
- State Health Department swine flu information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swine flu web site:
- World Health Organization swine flu web site:
The needed facts to deal with Swine Flu, and the tools needed for a proper response to this threat, come from city government, state government, the federal government and from world health authorities. People are going to have to work together.
The 17th-century poet John Donne wrote the following—
“Therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”.
Everything is connected. This is not a hurricane where you can evacuate. While it may well be that this threat does turn out as bad as feared, once again we are reminded that our fates in life are tied together.
The bell in the picture above is from the Cathedral de León in Nicaragua.
Heavy rains in the Houston area are limiting the ability of people to get around and give each other the swine flu. These rains may extend well into today.
Already the global financial panic has cut down on international travel and visits to stores and restaurants. Folks are missing out on a lot of the exchange of germs and disease.
If only things would get even worse we would be just fine. Life going well is our enemy.
Below is a photo taken by a Chronicle reader named Sakar Bhusal with the caption ” I wonder why these people were in such a hurry?”
(My blogger friend AmyEmilia has a picture of the flooding at her blog A Normal Life.)
Maybe they were in a hurry to meet up and give each other the Swine Flu.
Maybe they thought they were driving away from the Swine Flu.
Or maybe it was the just the same dumb behavior we see on our roads in Houston each day.
Immigrants In Houston & Harris County Should Be Assured That Flu-Related ER and Clinic Visits Involve No Immigration Check
With Swine Flu cases possible in Houston and Harris County, it should be made clear to our Spanish speaking population that they will be able to visit hospitals or clinics with flu symptoms and not be subject to immigration checks.
This message should be broadcast to all our immigrant communities because it is not just Spanish speaking people who are in the county without documentation.
The Swine Flu may or not become a major health problem in the United States. It should not be made worse because of political concerns that have nothing to do with the issue at hand.
Local governments in Harris County should be working with the county, state and federal government to make sure that everybody who needs help gets help, and that public health officials are able to track the spread of any Swine Flu.
The federal government will be handing out yellow cards to foriegn visitors arriving in U.S. airports to tell them how to avoid the Swine Flu and what symptoms to look for.
Many sports, including soccer, use yellow cards to warn players of misconduct.
Read information about these swine flu cards at Graphic Arts Online. Maybe Graphic Arts Online would like to design a Swine Flu logo.
Red cards, as you see below, are given in many sports if a player is to be ejected from the game.
Maybe people who arrive in America and who seem sick will be given red cards and ejected from the country.
The European Union has recommended that people avoid non-essential travel to the United States.
This is so they will not catch the Swine Flu.
What will European travelers be missing?
They’ll be missing the Milwaukee Art Museum.
They’ll be missing the world’s tallest thermometer in Baker, California.
They’ll be missing hot dogs at Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island.
They’ll be missing the Florida Scrub Jay. This bird lives only in Florida. The Florida Scrub Jay is “blue and friendly”
I don’t think people in Europe should avoid coming to America just because of some Swine Flu.
Above is a picture of Michael Jackson wearing a mask a few years ago.
We laughed at the time—But soon masks may be all the rage.
Though odds are we’ll still shake our heads when we think of Michael Jackson in the mask.