I thought I would use the Health Canada Preparedness Guide to figure out just what is the difference between the seasonal flu and h1n1.
The following information helps to explain the difference between the H1N1 flu and seasonal flu.
H1N1: " This is a new strain of influenza". It is claimed "humans have little or no immunity to" and that it can cause "serious and widespread illness"
Now let's read about seasonal flu:
Seasonal Flu: is also an"influenza". It is a "highly contagious, respiratory disease" "Influenza viruses can change rapidly. That's why there's a "new flu shot made every year" to protect against the circulating virus strains"
They are both influenza's. They are both contagious, both able to cause widespread illness.
No difference yet.
Maybe this? "Having little or no natural immunity for H1N1". No difference there either.
With seasonal flu, every year we have a different strain, "viruses change rapidly". And a different vaccine is required to contend with that strain,"new flu shot made every year".
So I would presume there is little to no natural immunity to seasonal flu virus either?
I am getting disheartened, still no difference.
Maybe the symptoms are different. Yes, yes that has to be it!
Page 6 of the guide: Symptoms of the Flu virus (H1N1 and seasonal).
What! They're the same symptoms!!! Cough and fever, Fatigue and Headache, Muscle Aches, Decreased Appetite, Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
Try as the guide may to portray H1N1 as something different, it ends up looking like just another influenza virus, and we get one of those every flu season.
There is one thing that is different though when reading Page 7:
"Seasonal influenza is a serious illness that infects millions of Canadians yearly. It is estimated that 2,000- 8,000 people die yearly from Influenza".
I am going to repeat this, so it sinks in.
2,000-8,000 Canadians die EVERY YEAR from Influenza".
Including " mostly seniors, children and those with chronic health problems"
This means on average 5,000 Canadians die every year from Influenza, every single year.
Well there is the difference! To date in Canada, through two waves of the H1N1 influenza outbreak, their have been 89 deaths. Every year in Canada the average death toll from seasonal influenza is 5,000 deaths. Why don't we hear about them, repeatedly? Are 89 deaths a pandemic, but 5000 deaths somehow not a pandemic? Are those Canadian deaths from an influenza virus that is not H1N1 somehow less tragic? And, before anyone say's "how dare you" make such a statement, I will say to you -that is the way it appears to be.
I am sure the people that have died from seasonal influenza were special to their family and friends, the people that love, cherish and miss them. But to the main stream media and government? These seasonal influenza victims barely garner any attention. They are and were cleary substantially less important. When a child died previously of seasonal influenza did it get any coverage at all? Is the media present to shove their microphones in the face of a grieving parent and sensationalize the tragedy? Not that I have ever seen. And, every single year there are seasonal flu clinics. But does the news media sit outside of them to report on the line-ups? Not that I have ever seen.
There are always out breaks of influenza in hospitals, every single year. It usually gets local news coverage which is necessary. But, does it get national news coverage? I don't think so.
89 h1n1 deaths every one of them tragic, especially to their loved ones, but more tragic then 5,000 average yearly deaths? More deserving of hype and 'preparedness guides'? The overblown news coverage complete with breaking news reports? The coverage from the flu clinics and the bashing of the health care system? Or is this being all done to create a vicious cycle of fear that justifies the tax dollars being used to enrich the pharmaceutical and media companies?