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Sunday, November 1, 2009

"I'm Not Taking the H1N1 Flu Vaccine."

Yes, I said it.  This black man will not be taking the H1N1 flu vaccine." Yes I know about the dramatic impact the pandemic appears to be having on black folks as Swine flu kicks into higher gear. I'm not going to listen to the white conservatives on this issue either. More HERE

I'm one of the 48 percent of black old schoolers who, Despite the risk, won't be getting a flu shot. No I'm not a senior yet, but the fact of the matter is black folks who are in there 40's 50's and 60's won't be getting a full shot any time soon.


Some believe that the reason black folks, particularly black men won't be getting flu shots is due to a lingering distrust of public health inoculation programs, and the wacked 1932 Tuskegee syphilis studies of black men. Yes I don't particularly trust public health inoculation programs. do you?


There are many people in the black community, particularly black men, who don't trust public health inoculation programs. Take for instance Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, who questions the H1N1 flu vaccine claiming it was made to kill people, according to UPI. More HERE



But he is not the only one questioning the H1N1 flu vaccine. As noted in the Examiner.com article, if you've been following the controversy over the H1N1 flu vaccine you may already be aware that Farrakhan is not alone in his observation that the vaccine is considered unhealthy and not necessary for everyone; even the scientists who helped develop the smallpox vaccine say they are not going to take the vaccine and urge their friends and family not to take it either. More HERE






  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.




  • After watching what can happen to those taking these bogus flu vaccines... count me out! but, hey, don't let my opinion stop you.

  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.


  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.

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