October 30th, 2009
08:00 PM ET

ERs hustling to keep up with H1N1 cases

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Danielle Dellorto
CNN Medical Producer

Nate Wordell, 7, just feels lousy: swollen eyes, cough, high fever, stomach ache and he's dehydrated. Nate has H1N1.

After toughing it out for three days at home, Nate's parents brought him to the emergency room at Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts. "The hardest thing for us was that we couldn't stay ahead of the medication or get him to keep any water down," says Nate's father, Michael Wordell of Auburndale, Massachusetts.

Hospitals from coast to coast are bracing for the influx of patients, just like Nate. Children's Hospital Boston has seen a 40 percent increase in patients this week alone.

"This could get pretty bad," says Dr. Anne Stack, clinical chief of emergency medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. "So we are trying to do as much as we can to prepare. But no one knows when it will end."

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Filed under: H1N1
October 29th, 2009
07:43 PM ET

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate

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Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Tonight on AC360, at 10pm eastern, I’ll be looking at the online campaign by folks who consider themselves “anti-vaxers.” These people are trying to scare others into not getting the swine flu vaccine. They say it could paralyze you. They say it hasn’t been tested on humans. They say it can cause cancer and autism and kill unborn babies. The swine flu vaccine back in 1976 did cause paralysis in some...and hundreds of families sued back then saying their loved ones died as a result of the vaccine.

What do believe? Are you planning to get vaccinated? What about your kids?

Filed under: H1N1 • Randi Kaye
October 29th, 2009
05:50 PM ET

Follow the CDC…on Twitter

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Centers for Disease Control

With the H1N1 Swine Flu constantly in the news, a variety of social media tools provide information about the ongoing outbreak. The CDC partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) to create social media tools that provide easy to access information about the ongoing H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic. Widgets, mobile information, online videos and other tools help keep important H1N1 Flu information flowing in this social media age.

You can follow the CDC on Twitter here: @CDCemergency

But that’s not all – the CDC has an entire H1N1 social media strategy. There are RSS feeds, mobile phone updates, text messages, Facebook and MySpace alerts, and Widgets.

See all the ways you can stay up-to-date with the latest H1N1 news.

Filed under: H1N1
October 29th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
October 29th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Billy Corgan Blogs About Swine Flu, Refuses to Get Vaccinated

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Billy Corgan
For Rolling Stone

“I am not a doctor, and I am in no way suggesting that you should follow any medical advice from me,” Billy Corgan writes at the top of a blog post about swine flu. What follows is nearly 850 words of Corgan spitting conspiracy theories on his Everything From Here to There blog regarding the H1N1 virus.

Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman has a central thesis — that the illness was “created by man” and driven by a “propaganda machine” powered by fear. “I for one will not be taking the vaccine. I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apparatus behind it all to push it on us thru fear,” Corgan writes. “This is not judgment; it is a personal decision based on research, intuition, conversations with my doctor and my ‘family’. If the virus comes to take me Home, that is between me and the Lord.” Corgan also argues against a potential Massachusetts state law that will require residents of the state to receive the vaccine. “Soon, you won’t even have the choice to live OR die as you wish!”


Filed under: H1N1
October 28th, 2009
11:20 AM ET

Eating animals is making us sick

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Jonathan Safran Foer
Special to CNN

Like most people, I'd given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father and faced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else's behalf, there was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.

I'm a novelist and never had it in mind to write nonfiction. Frankly, I doubt I'll ever do it again. But the subject of animal agriculture, at this moment, is something no one should ignore. As a writer, putting words on the page is how I pay attention.

If the way we raise animals for food isn't the most important problem in the world right now, it's arguably the No. 1 cause of global warming: The United Nations reports the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.

It's the No. 1 cause of animal suffering, a decisive factor in the creation of zoonotic diseases like bird and swine flu, and the list goes on. It is the problem with the most deafening silence surrounding it.

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental issues • Ethics • H1N1
October 27th, 2009
05:17 PM ET
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02:13 PM ET


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who will be recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine? Will two doses of vaccine be required? Can people who are allergic to eggs receive the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine? These are some questions you may be asking yourself about the H1N1 vaccine.

Click here to view answers to most commonly asked questions and find out more about the H1N1 vaccine currently available in the US.

Filed under: H1N1
October 27th, 2009
10:51 AM ET
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03:34 PM ET
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