Skip to comments.The last great swine flu epidemic (FYI)
Posted on 09/07/2009 11:16:54 AM PDT by yoe
April 28, 2009 | There is evidence there will be a major flu epidemic this coming fall. The indication is that we will see a return of the 1918 flu virus that is the most virulent form of the flu. In 1918 a half million Americans died. The projections are that this virus will kill one million Americans in 1976.
-- F. David Matthews, secretary of health, education, and welfare (Feb., 1976)
In January 1976, 19-year old U.S. Army Private David Lewis, stationed at Fort Dix, joined his platoon on a 50-mile hike through the New Jersey snow. Lewis didn't have to go; he was suffering from flu and had been confined to his quarters by his unit's medical officer. Thirteen miles into the hike, Lewis collapsed and died a short time later of pneumonia caused by influenza. Because Lewis was young, generally healthy and should not have succumbed to the common flu, his death set off a cascade of uncertainty that confused the scientists, panicked the government and eventually embittered a public made distrustful of authority by Vietnam and Watergate.
This past Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano left open the possibility of a mass immunization program for the current outbreak of swine flu. If that happens, the Obama administration has a lot to learn from the debacle set in motion by Private Lewis' ill-fated hike.
(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...
[snip] "1976 was the year of the U.S. Bicentennial. 1976 was a presidential election year. 1976 was two years after Watergate caused Nixon's resignation, and one year after the fall of Saigon. The U.S. government, both Republicans and Democrats, had never been held in such low esteem. Practically every elected official felt an overwhelming itch that patriotic year to do something to get the public thinking of them as good guys again. A swine flu pandemic was an opportunity on a plate. What better way to get into the good graces of the voters than to save them from a plague?"
[snip] Congress, with few exceptions, raced to support the bill. Knowing the Republican president would not, could not veto a bill he requested, the Democratically controlled House attached $1.8 billion dollars in welfare and environmental spending to the flu bill. President Ford signed the bill on April 15, 1976, and incorrectly remarked to the press that the Fort Dix swine flu was identical to the deadly 1918 variety. He announced the immunization program would begin in October."
And the CDC says the Obama administration is wrong....wash your hands - is the thing to do......well big whoop. It’s the flu.
One of my grandfathers died of the flu in l9l8, but I am not planning on getting inoculated with the Swine Flue vaccine. This planned “pandemic” might be the crisis needed for O. to and his gang of thugs to take complete control without firing a shot??????????
There’s only a very small chance the flu will mutate into a real killer virus like the 1918 flu.
But it’s still a possibility.
It puts the history into human terms.
Very true on both counts. I am doing as much as I can for me and my family (reading about cases and numbers of sick and dying). It would be nice if the govt would treat us like adults and give us all of the info.
If Salon.com says that, then it must be true. They’re so right about so many other things. /Sar.
I want the facts straight here. What's the odds of the flu mutating into a superflu that will kill millions that drugs can't do a bit about it?
We are all going to die from something somehow, someday.
Might as well be the bloody flu.
Very small. The Spanish Flu used people’s immune systems to kill them.
Fear mongering in the name of 0bamacare, nothing more.
So that's why the young and the healthy died of the Spanish Flu in greater numbers than the elderly.
So, how many people dies from the 1976 flu epidemic? One million like the article said, or was it more like 20?
I remember a guy who went home from work with the flu(Amarillo) in 76. Didn’t show up for work the next morning. One of his fellow workers went by to check on him at lunch. He was sitting back in his recliner, dead. His lungs filled up with fluid. Doctors said he died because he was semi-reclined. I had the flu, wasn’t that bad.
only ONE person died from the 1976 H1N1...the private David Lewis. The rest (over 25 people) died of complications from the VACCINE!!!! Over 500 people ended up with nuerological/paralysis called Guillain-Barre syndrome caused from the vaccine.