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A Little Piggy in Big Trouble

If only the swine flu was just a nursery rhyme; PLUS, Scare Force One

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
April 30, 2009

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A Little Piggy in Big Trouble

A Little Piggy in Big Trouble
If only the swine flu was just a nursery rhyme

This little piggy has a fever.
This little piggy just sneezed.
This little piggy feels achy.
This little piggy just wheezed.
And this little piggy went
wheeze-wheeze-wheeze-wheeze
all the way home.

The swine flu epidemic
is hardly child's play.
Much more than steal your bacon,
it can take your life away.

In Mexico, it's tragic.
The death toll's on the rise.
But not just there, it's everywhere
as one more victim dies.

This news is more than headlines.
The pigs have left the pen.
This flu will claim a whole lot more.
It's just a case of when.

Pork bellies speak of futures,
but swine flu's present tense.
Let's pray it all will soon be past
before it grows immense.

Scare Force One
Flying in the face of reason

They called that big bird "Scare Force One"
that buzzed by Liberty.
It frightened New York City mad.
It was insanity.

A photo-op some claimed it was
for our new President.
But those who saw that jumbo jet
were fooled. They thought it meant

another terrorist attack
like eight short years ago.
Thinking the worst they thought there might
be one more Ground Zero.

It only goes to verify
our nightmares gallop still,
that 911 haunts our land
and for a long time will.

O God, please calm our anxious hearts
that find it hard to trust.
We have to leave the past behind.
For goodness sake, we must!

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elm from 98801 writes:
May 1, 2009
Re Swine Flu ~ In my opinion, "there is nothing to fear but fear itself." No reason to panic! Swine flu or other flu for that matter is not the killer, complications are. It behooves anyone having flu-like symptoms to see a doctor within forty-eight hours of symptoms. We haven’t seen reports of a lot of older people getting H1N1 influenza. Could they be immune? Dr. Peter Gross, one of the leading flu experts in the nation has answered this question.

"In the flu vaccine — for more than the past 30 years — we’ve had an H1N1 strain in the standard flu vaccine that everyone gets… at least since 1976 when we had the last swine flu scare. So the theory goes that if you’ve had a vaccine that has a N1 in it... when you encounter a slightly different H1 (which is what the swine flu is) that you will be protected from severe illness and death, but not from getting a cold or a bad cold from that flu strain."

"A stitch in time, saves nine" is a good motto. Warnings out for several years or more regarding getting annual flu shots for adults as well as children should have been heeded. At risk elderly and small children are by far the most vulnerable.


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