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Anyone watch this on PBS? Here's the link:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza/

I saw part of it last night in between getting DC to bed. The parts I saw were interesting. I'm wondering how (or if) they tied this in with getting flu vaccinations? Seems like everywhere you turn there is SOMETHING to scare people into vaccinations.

Just wondering who saw it and what you thought.
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I didn't see it, but you (not you personally) cannot compare 1918 with 2007.

If today's generation lived in the United States back then, they'd think they were in a third world country.

The story makes for an effective scare tactic however.
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1918 influenza deaths - about 675,000
2000 medical error deaths - about 225,000

Last I checked the 1918 influenza epidemic is over.
The death by medical error epidemic is growing.
Since 2000, medical error has killed more than twice the number of people than 1918 influenza.

The progress of modern medicine - priceless.
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1918 influenza deaths - about 675,000
2000 medical error deaths - about 225,000

Last I checked the 1918 influenza epidemic is over.
The death by medical error epidemic is growing.
Since 2000, medical error has killed more than twice the number of people than 1918 influenza.

The progress of modern medicine - priceless.



That's just hospital deaths. I believe that number doesn't include "outpatient" deaths (nursing homes, clinics, etc.) AND those stats also do not include deaths attributed to prescription medication.
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I'm just curious how they tied the 1918 thing in with flu now and vaccinations (because I'm sure they did somehow). Anyone watching that would have been scared into vaccinating.
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1918 influenza deaths - about 675,000
2000 medical error deaths - about 225,000

Last I checked the 1918 influenza epidemic is over.
The death by medical error epidemic is growing.
Since 2000, medical error has killed more than twice the number of people than 1918 influenza.

The progress of modern medicine - priceless.
Wow. That was a great comparison. I think I'll use those numbers myself. It's a pretty sad statement for our country, however
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