What is the definition of a pandemic?

Renew America

By Cynthia Janak

June 20, 2009

One of the main topics in the news today is pandemic this and pandemic that — everyone is talking about the pandemic as it if really exists.

Being of the curious sort I wanted to know the meaning of the word pandemic.

According to the Encarta Dictionary English version the definition of a pandemic is: “…having widespread effect — existing in the form of a widespread epidemic that affects people in many different countries. AIDS is currently considered to be pandemic AND very widespread disease — a disease or condition that is found in a large part of the population.”

This is the definition from the WHO (World Health Organization) — Pandemic Phase Descriptions

Phase 5: The same identified virus has caused sustained community level outbreaks in two or more countries in one WHO region.

Phase 6: In addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5, the same virus has caused sustained community level outbreaks in at least one other country in another WHO region.

Post-Peak Period: Levels of pandemic influenza in most countries with adequate surveillance have dropped below peak levels.

Pandemic influenza preparedness and response: a WHO guidance document. ISBN 978 92 4 154768 0 (NLM classification: WC 515) © World Health Organization 2009

When I read this 62 page document it left me wondering what the WHO considered was the peak level. Needless to say I read about 15 other documents from the WHO on this topic and did not find an approximate number or even a percentage. This was puzzling to me so I decided to run some numbers based on what I was able to find on the WHO site as to reported cases and deaths.

http://gamapserver.who.int/h1n1/atlas.html?select=ZZZ&filter=filter4,confirmed

On this report it shows that 76 countries have reported a case(s). Here are the population numbers for the world and the USA.

World — 6,787,383,726 and USA — 306,700,289

What I found interesting about these numbers is that the United States has over twice as many cases as the epicenter of the disease, Mexico. The one thing that Mexico did that we have not done yet is that they issued facemasks to their citizens, and I even viewed some pictures of people wearing latex gloves. Does this mean that Mexico is more concerned about the spread of the disease than the United States? I realize that it would not be practical for the United States Health Department to pass out surgical masks to everyone but why are they not promoting the purchase of the masks? I know I found mine at the grocery store pharmacy and they were pretty inexpensive. I found non-latex gloves at my local Walgreens. I did not even spend $11.00 to pick up a box of each.

The table also shows what the WHO thinks is a deadly pandemic — 163 deaths as of June 15, 2009. I wonder how many children and young women around the world have died because of the HPV vaccines. I know of over 35 presently just from the VAERS database (it is estimated by experts at the National Vaccine Information Centers that only 1% of deaths and reactions are being reported). The fatality numbers could potentially be in the hundreds worldwide. Would this not constitute a pandemic to the WHO? You have more then three countries reporting adverse events and deaths from one source the HPV vaccines. You can even consider it spread from human to human. The nurse (human) jabs the patient (human) with the needle, same concept but different delivery method.

This brought me to ask more questions about this so-called pandemic — like why the rush to vaccinate the entire world. I was surprised at what I found:

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/sgreport2002.pdf?OpenElement

97. The vulnerability of children in situations of conflict is clear, but we all have a duty to ensure the safety, welfare and rights of children in all contexts. The special session of the General Assembly on children reinforced the international community’s commitment to children, and pledges were made to develop strategies to make their lives healthier, provide them with quality education, protect them against abuse, exploitation and violence, and combat the devastating effect on them of HIV/AIDS.

http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/hdr_1990_en_chap4.pdf

Chapter 4, Human development strategies for the 1990s, Page 7

Quantified global targets for the year 2000 do exist for some of the key indicators of human development examined in this Report. • Complete immunization of all children.

Weekly epidemiological record- 2006, 81, 189–196

http://www.who.int/wer/2006/wer8119.pdf

Global Immunization Vision and Strategy — page 5

Recently, WHO and UNICEF have worked with partners to develop a Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) for implementation during 2006–2015. The GIVS seeks to “protect more people against more diseases by expanding the reach of immunization to every eligible person.” 1 This document articulates WHO and UNICEF’s vision for the world of immunization in 2015 and is composed of four strategic areas, each with key strategies and activities. These strategic areas include: (i) “protecting more people in a changing world” by improving routine immunization coverage, ensuring at least four immunization contacts per child, and expanding immunization programmes to all ages; (ii) “introducing new vaccines and technologies”; (iii) “integrating immunization, other linked health interventions and surveillance in the health systems context”; and (iv) “immunizing in the context of global interdependence.”

So, basically what this all means is that WHO wants to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the whole world and from everything. I have read about their surveillance of the adverse events of the vaccines. Their opinion is that they all fall under accepted parameters. I guess that parameter is okay as long as it does not affect your family.

The other thing that all this talk about pandemics had me thinking about was what the stats for the United States are in an average year for influenza deaths. That was easy to find.

http://205.207.175.93/HDI/ReportFolders/reportFolders.aspx

This made me even more curious about the total deaths to our young people in this country.

Sometimes I just get carried away with numbers. When I saw these numbers it made me think of the measles debacle in the Australia where at least half of the children reported had been vaccinated. I wonder if the same is true with the flu vaccines.

Then I added birth defects because with the Gardasil vaccine birth defects are a whole section in the FDA reports. I now wonder how many of these birth defects could have been because the mother received a vaccination before conception or during the pregnancy.

Well enough of that.

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm

I went back to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website and found this interesting information about this pandemic flu. (A state chart is included at the bottom of this article.)

Background

Since the outbreak was first detected, an increasing number of U.S. states have reported cases of novel H1N1 influenza with associated hospitalizations and deaths. By June 3, 2009, all 50 states in the United States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were reporting cases of novel H1N1 infection. While nationwide U.S. influenza surveillance systems indicate that overall influenza activity is decreasing in the country at this time, novel H1N1 outbreaks are ongoing in parts of the U.S., in some cases with intense activity.

Shared Responsibility

Individuals have an important role in protecting themselves and their families.

  • Stay informed. Health officials will provide additional information as it becomes available.
  • Everyone should take these everyday steps to protect your health and lessen the spread of this new virus:
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
    • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

With so many being affected in the United States why is our government not recommending that we wear facemasks like they did in Mexico. I know in Japan I always see pictures of people wearing them. Would that not hinder the spread of this virus worldwide?

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.