The thread about pregnant women getting the Swine flu shot got me wondering about the true statistics. To cut through the government hype and public emotionalism . . . I went through a bunch of CDC docs until I found these statements: "Through July 2009, a total of 43,677 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were reported in the United States, which is likely a substantial underestimate of the true number. Correcting for the under-ascertainment using a multiplier model, we estimate that 1.8 million-5.7 million cases occurred, including 9,000-21,000 hospitalizations." "Through July 23, 2009, a total of 43,677 laboratory-confirmed infections with pandemic (H1N1) had been reported in the United States by 50 states and the District of Columbia, including 5,009 hospitalizations and 302 deaths." If we give the government the benefit of the doubt and use the lower Total number of estimated infections, then 302 people died out of 1.8 million infected. The means an otherwise healthy person's risk of death from this flu is around .0025 of one percent. Of those who ARE hospitalized for this flu (5009) only 6% died and most of them had underlying health risks that contributed to the death rate. In my opinion, this Swine Flu hysteria serves only the political agenda of those who want the public to live frightened lives, turning to government to "save" them from all manner of risk. It's BUNK!