Flu Widespread – And Expanding Like Wildfire

    January 4, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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The H1N1 flu started with just two states that were seeing widespread symptoms. Texas is one, and apparently the source of where this flu seems to have begun its wrath.

Last week – the flu epidemic had spread to 10 states of severe illness and hospitalization.

As of today January 3rd, there are 25 states that have reported epidemic proportions of illness and the flu season has barely begun. Those states that have claimed widespread (widespread means over 50% of geographic regions) symptoms include:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington state and Wyoming, according to the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) weekly flu advisory report, covering the week ending December 28.

Canada is seeing widespread flu as well.

Thousands of people die every year from flu, which peaks in the United States between October and March, we’re not even halfway through this and we’re already seeing deaths and extreme illness, especially with the elderly and the young.

“We are seeing a big uptick in disease in the past couple of weeks. The virus is all around the United States right now,” said Dr. Joe Bresee, chief of Epidemiology and Prevention in the CDC’s Influenza Division.

Just in 2009 – 2012, the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, spread from Central Mexico to 74 other countries, killing approximately 284,000 people, according to the CDC.

And what people don’t realize is that the vaccine, however safe it makes people feel, is not that effective.

From Live Science: “Influenza is a mutating virus, and this feature is related to [its] genome structure; it has nothing to do with vaccines,” explained Mohammed Alsharifi of the Australian National University” who recently posted on PLoS ONE, an online journal. “[The concept of] antibiotic resistant bacteria cannot be applied to viruses.”

While there is no vaccine for the current outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu), getting a yearly flu shot remains to be a good idea for everyone, not just the elderly. Yearly shots strengthen the immune system, providing at least a slight edge against new strains, because your body might recognize parts of that new strain.

The best protection against antigenic shift is to keep live birds away from live pigs, since birds are the most common carrier of flu viruses …and from birds and pigs raised in cramped and stressful conditions that promote the spread of viruses.

A vaccine or “flu shot” might make take the edge off of the flu, but it is not going to prevent you from getting this flu. Best to stay home to avoid getting sick, drink lots of vitamin C and fluids to build your immune system – eat right – and keep your hands clean.

Image via Centers for Disease Control

  • Deanne

    While this article states that the H1N1 virus, the one causing the widespread flu, was NOT included in this year’s vaccine, the article right below it from the CDC says it was included.

    • Coondog

      Good Eye Deanne! Gonna make you the lead dog.

    • http://webpronews Nick M.

      Deanne, I just got a flu shot at my Docs office, how do you know that the vaccine don’t have H1N1? I have breathing problems and really need to know. Thank you for any info. Warmly Nick

      • Rhonda

        I found out that the flu shots have a cocktail of H1n1 in them

    • B Jones

      Um, the original article is from 2009.

    • Dehlia


      Thanks for your information! Got a flu shot this year and in five days had contracted the flu. Seven days of bed rest and loosing my voice, it went away, a few days later caught it again. It was worst the second time with more symptoms and I lost my voice for four days. Once again, sterilized my home, drank team with lemon or team with honey, and seven or so days later thought I was getting better. Once again, caught something and was down five more days. Now I have a depressed immune system with Lupus, and a transplant in 2010, however, this was just horrible and for a while I thought it may have been pneumonia. While it was not bad enough to require emergency attention I eventually went in and was released with more rest more fluids, and Tylenol as needed since I spiked a few fevers initially. Not really sure what this was, but if anyone can help it, sterilize, wash your hands, do not if you can breath on anyone else, cough in the air without covering your mouth, and if sick, STAY HOME!

      • Geri

        Like you had a similar virus experience a couple times this past fall. Received flu shot at Walgreens on 09/13/13 and the next month came down with a case of the flu. The next month just before Thanksgiving faced it again this time much worse. Ended up taking an antibiotic to get rid of all the congestion.Wondered where it all came from really bad. Lost my voice too. It’s still not normal. I have only gone outside when absolutely necessary. Trying to build up my immune system. My body is still very weak. I can clean house and cook but no more strength left for anything else. I felt so alone until reading your post. One thing I do is put a weak mixture of bleach and water in a labeled spray bottle and spray the hot and cold handles on the sinks also do the counters often. I do take multivitamins etc. Happy New Year everyone take care in 2014.

    • meme

      That’s weird my local news in Kansas City said the same thing that the H1N1 was not included in the flu shot but its has been the number one component in the flu shot since 2009 outbreak and is clearly stated on the CDC website and all flu shot vendors. All they had to do was a little research the job of a journalist but they seem to be stating exactly what they are told to do hype and crap. Its all about money and politics!!!

    • Nicole

      The flu vaccine we provided at our healthcare facility this year did not contain the H1N1 strain.

    • SunshineMaui

      This article states that this particular strain of swine flu is not included in the vaccine.

    • GibbFan

      H1N1 is one of the components of the 2013-2014 flu vaccine for flu vaccine manufactured for the USA, regardless of whether you receive trivalent flu vaccine(anti-3 strains of flu virus known to be circulating) or quadrivalent flu vaccine (anti-4 strains of flu virus known to be circulating) vaccine.


      FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met in Rockville, Maryland, on February 27, 2013, to select the influenza viruses for the composition of the influenza vaccine for the 2013-2014 U.S. influenza season. During this meeting, the advisory committee reviewed and evaluated the surveillance data related to epidemiology and antigenic characteristics of recent influenza isolates, serological responses to 2012-2013 vaccines, and the availability of candidate strains and reagents.|

      The committee recommended that the trivalent formulation influenza vaccines for the U.S. 2013-2014 influenza season contain the following:
      an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus;
      an (H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
      a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

      The committee also recommended that quadrivalent influenza vaccines contain the above three strains and the following additional B strain:
      a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus

  • glen


    • SunshineMaui

      Paranoia will destroy ya!

    • Anon

      Glen, unfortunately you’re right. The government has a secret hand in everything. I haven’t had the flu since my last flu shot…when I was 13. Pretty strange that most of the people contracting H1N1 are folks who have loaded up on flu shots every time there was an outbreak.

      • Mary

        My kids had 2 or 3 rounds of something similar when they were little the year before some of the worst coughing followed by loss of voice/vomit at end thing happened worse the next year. This was in 2002, and in 03 went realy bad for othes and we did better, but had a flu shot probably the year ours was worst. However, we have never had a repeat of anything that bad, but this year fought lots of upper respiratory colds and was as similar as could be and recently had the cough/hoarse time and some twice, though no nausea issues this year – no flu shot in years.

      • beth

        Very true Glen,
        I had my first and LAST flu shot 9 years ago after being pressured from my family to do so. Less than a month later I got the worst flu I had ever got in my ENTIRE life. Now when I get the flu I simply rest drink lots of fluids and take some vitamins. I let my immune system do the work, rather than depending on government manufactured medication.

  • Rob Forrest

    Makes you wonder how the media controls how the public will turn!
    Why is it that the Med. companies charge so much for a shot that cost so little?

  • John White

    stay out of the pig pen

  • mapsguy1955

    Government created? Tell that to the millions of people who died from influenza before we had the technology to create new strains. Not everything bad is created by the government to control the masses…

    • @Maps

      Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean this wasn’t government created. I don’t think people realize just how many WHO and government labs there are and they are all playing around with deadly viruses.

      • Frank

        True! The Flu has been weaponized:

        WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people – and two labs succeeded in creating new strains that are easier to spread. Federal officials took the unprecedented step of asking those scientists not to publicize all the details of how they did it.

    • Makiba

      Google or Youtube: THE GRAND CHESSBOARD, THE PROTOCALS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION, ETHOS (a documentary) and finally google OR Youtube: BENJAMIN FREEMAN

  • Susan36

    I personally think this is the most poorly written article I have had the misfortune to read all week. What kind of statistics are those that state “from 1976 through 2007 there have been between 3000 to 49,000 flu related deaths”? That has absolutely no value at all. Personally I have never had a flu shot and get flu like symptoms at least once a year. They last a few days and it’s done. The best way to combat this is wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face and mouth area without first washing your hands. Try to avoid crowded areas and if you or your child is coughing cover your mouth. Many people don’t. The Japanese are big on gargling and wiping the inside of your nose with a bit of peroxide (no it won’t kill you) I have allergies and in peak season use a little alcohol and water too on a Qtip. I think this flu shot business is pharmaceutical propaganda and they are not trust worthy.

    • jane

      It sure is Susan! Symptoms? The reporter didn’t even give us that! I have lost 10 lbs within a month. I weighed 122lbs last month, and I went to dr yesterday and new I had lost some weight because I’ve been deathly sick. But didn’t realize it was this much. I told my dr last month my symptoms and he blamed it on smoking. (I am trying to quit) but that is totally ludicrous! I said well, my sister had it and she’s never smoked. Babies get it and I know darn well they don’t smoke. So, this dr gave me penicillan and that was the end of that conversation. (last mo) He didn’t even address my weight problem and anything else. He books too many people a day, and he walked out. I thought he was coming back. Nope! He walked in the next room (patient) and shut the door. I’ve been seeing him 7 yrs. I The girls in there act so rude to me, and I don’t get it. I’m still very sick. I will be changing drs!

      • Fred

        Doctors are usually part of a large corporation. They are told how many patients they have to see, what to prescribe and what not to. It is only going to get worse. What you received will be the standard practice with the exception you will probably have to wait twice as long for appt or longer. The small 1 – 3 Doctor practice are on the way out. They can no longer afford the insurance they must carry.
        Change doctors if at all possible.

  • http://Yahoo maureen molloy

    I have to agree with mapguy not all bad is government created, BUT, I DO BELIEVE the government is up to no good. I don’t care who knows it Our President is a lying ,cheating, SCHMUCH WITH NO GONADS. I SAY GET RID OF THE LOSER.

    • jane

      Have you ever taken a long, hard look at the bushes and what they did for this country and the American citizens? Nothing but pure misery and hell!

      • steve

        Obama putting Monsanto in charge of his USDA and FDA will virtually guarantee not only will health care costs go through the roof but the cancer rate will skyrocket.
        Every single GMO put in front of the USDA has been approved under Obama, the most corrupt President in the history of the U.S.
        We will be suffering fallout from the last 2 boobs to occupy the White House for decades to come.

    • jdryv

      the opposition party had the chance in 2012 when obama was the most vulnerable incumbent since jimmy carter. they couldn’t get their act together and offer a viable ticket with a consistent message that resonated with the public nor could they run an organized and effective campaign. take a look in the mirror. the republicans are to blame for obama’s 2nd term. it’s not his fault millions stayed away from voting. who’s to blame for that?

  • Blame Game 2

    Obama has nothing to do with this but, let’s face it you going to blame him anyway. Maureen Malloy

    • jane


    • Fred

      Obama may have had nothing to do with the flu but he sure did have something to do with the lack of proper medical care and the huge cost to Americans.

      • SunshineMaui

        Huh??? President Obama has tried to arrange for medical care for all Americans! Those who don’t have health care won’t get treated, and epidemics will continue.

        • jim

          Sunshine, you need to educate yourself on what obama has done..Govt control of healthcare is going to bankrupt us, it doesNOT provide affordable health care…just another entitlement to the poor at the expensive of the rest (who cant afford it) and this time you will have no say.

  • http://webpronews Nick M.

    Almost everyone was taught to cover your mouth when you cough, than they shake somebodys hand, or open a door. Please cough into the crack of your arm, you know the other side of your elbow. that one act alone will help keep the germs from spreading.

    • SunshineMaui

      In a perfect world. Unfortunately, many adults don’t bother, and even more children. I try to educate them on covering their mouths whenever possible.

  • jennifer

    My daughter and I have never had the flu shot and we have never gotten the flu. There is no need for the shot…. Wash your hands often drinks lots of vit c and eat right and you’ll be just fine. It’s just another way for the government to make money smd

    • Digital.Gods

      Wrong and wrong. The Flu is typically transmitted by small droplets of moisture in the air. You can be infected by breathing in those droplets from someone who sneezes, and six feet away is certainly possible. The vitamin ‘C’ myth, is just that and was started by Dr. Linus Pauling, who was one of the most brilliant scientists of the last century. Unfortunately, no one has ever been able to duplicate Pauling’s obsessive claims about vitamin C, including his claim that it cures cancer. Not all great scientist’s score 100% of the time. The immune system is a complex mechanism and is not controlled by any single factor. There are countless dead people who might be alive today, had they gotten the flu shot. No guarantees, but it is the single most effective weapon that we currently have. Note: The Flu Pandemic of 1918 killed somewhere between 20 million and 40 million people. We will never know the exact number because of lousy record keeping back in the day. If you think washing your hands is going to save you from a killer like the flu, you are delusional or extremely uninformed.

      • Fred

        Was it Pauling that also said large amounts of vitamin c will reverse heart disease, that is the build up in your arteries????????????

      • http://lifechannel brenda

        agree with digital. gods……I am a nurse and you are on the right path…

  • RoyGlen

    From the CDC website. The article is wrong, H1N1 is included in the accine.
    The 2013-2014 trivalent influenza vaccine is made from the following three viruses:
    •an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
    •an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
    •a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

    • http://www.tinavolpe-writer.com/ Tina Volpe

      Roy – the point in the article was that the virus mutates so rapidly, technology cannot keep up – H1N1 isn’t what it was in 2009 or even when they developed or keep developing the vaccine. It changes constantly. Viruses mutate. They change to avoid being detected. The only real solution is to stop condensed farming.

      • jason

        Tina you are wrong. The current flu vaccine protects against H1N1. I don’t know why you don’t want to believe this.

        • http://www.tinavolpe-writer.com/ Tina Volpe

          Jason – here is what is in the current vaccine… an H1N1 from 2009 – that virus has since mutated. (this information is from the CDC – Centers for Disease Control)

          On February 27, 2013, VRBAC met and approved for the United States the following WHO-recommended composition for the Northern Hemisphere 2013-2014 influenza vaccineExternal Web Site Icon:

          an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
          an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011;
          a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus.

          Compared to the 2012-2013 seasonal influenza vaccine, the H1N1 component is the same, the H3N2 component is the same*, and the B component is different.

          By being the same component in 2012-2013 … they are saying that the 2009 H1N1 is what you are getting. There is not a current H1N1 vaccine with the current strain/virus. That is my point. The strain is different… because it has mutated/changed.

          From what I have read – it does offer SOME protection, but it is NOT designed for the exact current strain of flu/H1N1 that is going around. If it were, do you think all of the people who are sick, that got the flu shot, would be so sick? Common sense tells you that if it were the same, they would not be so extremely sick. The virus is different than the 2009 virus.

  • maggot

    my chickens are always having sex with my pigs….what should I do?

    • Fred

      Ever hear of tiny condoms.????????

    • J.Lee

      Instead of watching maybe you should join in!

    • BoggsBonney

      Open up a El Pollo & Carnitas Joint…Preferably next 2 or near a Starbuck’s!!!

  • Lex

    My parents friend died last weekend from the swine flu, she was only 45. It’s crazy and very sad. We live in KS.

    • Fred

      I am sorry for the loss.
      It is such a tragedy at such a young age.
      You would think with all the technology such as going to the moon (50 years ago ?) going to Mars, to say nothing of all the cell phone gadgets, flat screen tv’s, etc… that they could have come up with some types of cures for things like the flu etc…
      Instead of spending billions on wars, spend most of it on medical research etc.. Of course the pharmaceutical companies would be against any such cures.

  • Paul Klandrud

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  • http://kenwiezer.com kenneth wiezer

    I’ve got to put this out there for your listening pleasure!!!!

    Halloween candy contains possible flu additive to ignite seasonal Flu symptoms 6 weeks after ingestion of candy!

    The same investors of the candy manufacturing also invested in pharmacy manufacturing for additional profits?

    This is a ongoing study with over 50 years of observation and should be made aware of such. The public should be more aware of this type of deception which carries lethal consequences!

  • bonnie l. hill

    Crowded and stressful conditions Tina Volpe states in her article. Can you think of the poster child for those adjectives? How about factory “farms”!

  • SunshineMaui

    Just saw an article saying there were cases reported in Michigan too.

  • Cheyla

    Stop eating pork and chicken, and there won’t be any need torture these animals into making influenza epidemics…..duh!

  • Yo

    OMG!!! I went to urgent care the other day in California, there were at least 50 people waiting to see the dr. I ended up having the flu and bronchitis and was given antibiotics and I got the flu shot around Oct 2013, yes please wash your hands all the time and stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing since you just don’t know what they are carrying YUCK!!

  • http://www.cdc.org Vianna Wilkerson

    I think you all need to take a look a yourselves and the trash you write. The flu is not government made, not placed in candy or any other foods. It looks like you all need a does of complete humility. I am a RN of 27 years of practice. Most in ICU/CCU. I have seen people die from the H1N1, it isn’t pretty. I for one thank God for the fact that I am still alive and have not gotten the flu shot for the 2013-2014 flu season and I have not gotten the flu. Take a look at how you live and what you do. Cleaning with disinfectants, eating right and drinking plenty of fluids definitely makes a difference. I used to not believe in the flu shots myself, I am a definite believer in them now. Learn to take better care of yourselves and that is the best way to keep from getting the flu. Leave the politics out of it. That is down right stupid believe the government is involved in such things. The flu has been around long before stupid ideas about the government poisoning every one. they would have to be spreading it all around the world. That is just plane stupid. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    • beth


      Its not your fault that you are brainwashed. You are exposed to lies at your place of work all day.I forgive your sheep mentality.

  • http://www.neurobiologix.com/ Jane

    Flu shots are not the way to go. Why put viruses into your body? Instead, we need to boost our immune systems daily, not repress it by putting viruses into our bodies. We can do this by eating a well balanced diet, taking a good multi-vitamin and if needed, use supplements to provide our bodies the nutrients it needs. I like Neurobiologix for my family as far as supplements go.

    We also practice good hand-washing habits and try to be conscience about not touching our face, especially the eyes, nose and mouth while out in public places. We NEVER get flu shots. We haven’t had the flu in years. The doctors always try to push it on us but we stand firm and say no. The doctors get a pay out from the drug companies so there is an incentive for them to push the flu shot on to their patients. It’s all about money.

    If your immune system is strong, you don’t need to worry so much about the flu. Garlic is a great natural antibiotic. On and on I could go about more natural medicine. People are too reliant on synthetic medications, antibiotics, etc.

  • Cindy

    The H1N1 strain is not in all flu shots this year. I hear it is the new trivalent shot. Remember, the flu shot you are able to take depends on your age and health status. We don’t do flu shots in my family. We get sufficient vitamin D via supplementation and sunshine, probiotics, vitamin C, nutrient dense food, and I work from home with a toddler who is not in daycare. I know most people have to go out there with all the sickies so just make sure you wash your hands with plain soap & water often, avoid sugar, get rest and lots of sunshine.

  • steve

    The flu shot rarely does anything anyway.
    I suggest optimizing your vitamin D levels and taking medicinal mushrooms during the flu season

  • gemini

    It makes me very upset to have people constantly tell me I need a flu shot. Knowing what goes into the vaccine makes me even more stubborn to depend on my own immune system. Perfect case scenario: My sister received a flu shot on Monday Dec 16. She became sick Wed Dec 18. Hospitalized Dec 20 and we lost her Dec. 22. A young vibrant healthy woman died needlessly because the vaccine contained H1N1. I value my life. Please stop telling me I need a flu shot. It will never happen as long as I am in charge of my own decisions.

    • Henry

      Hell Yees!!!!! You are awake Gemini!!!! Its all money!! Mercury and all kinds of stuff in them that really get people sick. Your body will defend itself if we all just keep are immune system to Par!!!!!!

  • Henry

    All of you are being fooled into taking shots, its the stupidest thing you could do, more propaganda to make money and get people sick. Wake up people!!!

  • Steve

    Wow. I have never had a flu shot. From occasional year to year, I have gotten the flu that seemed worse than another. didn’t get sick last year, hopefully not this. When I was eighteen, I heard that a flu shot can make a person sick, so I didn’t mess with them. Two years later, complications of Valley Fever almost killed me. So I must say, so far, that a person can get really sick from natural means. From a DR here in Or. I got a vibe that gave me the creeps when he almost tried to insist on me getting a Flu Shot. (it was a DOT exam) He seemed a little perturbed I wouldn’t’ go along. But that is highly subjective, rather than objective. But,why the FDA’s cover-up about NutraSweet? One can find conclusive evidence regarding Gov’t and business giving neurotoxin/formaldehyde poisoning to people. The FAA put out an alert to commercial pilots twenty years ago. Very sad that folks who take a shot get really sick or worse from the posts I have read. Portland fights hard battles with the gov’t to prevent fluoridation (contains formaldehyde also) into our drinking water. Regarding the Flu shots, and given the evidence so far, I think I smell a rat too.

  • iz

    People are getting seriously ill at a high rate because people are forced to go to work and school sick. You get fired if you miss work you get arrested if your kids miss school. We are living under the yoke of an inhumane system. It is killing us!!!

  • Dean

    I developed symptoms the day after Christmas.. headache, body aches, cough, and by Sunday night I was down with 102.4 fever, chills, and a cough that felt like every rib was being cracked. The cough continues to this day, the fever went down but today is climbing back upwards. All of my joints ache, eyes are swollen. If we could avoid touching our eyes and/or lips when we have been out in public it might help avoid catching these rampant viral illnesses. However, short of wearing masks and gloves we are sitting ducks for all of the rabid disease that are coming across our borders from other countries where illness and diseases are less controlled. Good luck everyone. Keep those alcohol swabs handy.

  • sick again

    I got a flu shot the first week of Dec and Dec 30th i was at the hospital wishing for death. I had every symptom u can get for the swine flu. The dr. ran the right tests but it came back neg on the 2nd of Jan. I suffered for 8 days finally started to eat and feel a little better and got a phone call from my dr and to everyones surprise the neg became a positive. Glad to feel alive again.