Interests: Sports,Politics, History
Favorite bands: Beatles, Red Hot Chilli Peppers


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For those of you who have not herd of the Beatles heres one of their most famous songs


Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
I will use the credible sources page listed on this website. I can use the primary sources on PLoS Biology. I will aprove or reject many other students credible sources based on the website.
I evaluated and aproved many sources including
cdc.gov-because it is an orginization that gets information only from experts in their fields
American Medical Asociation-because this site lists contact information and only uses information from experts
New York State Medical Journal-because only specialists in their field of medicene can write an article on this website.
National museum of natural history-because this museum is nationally known and uses artifacts found on many sites and information from many experts
Bavelier Study-because this is a direct source from the people who conducted the study
Saint Louis University Study-because this is a direct study conducted by doctors and writen by the people who conducted the study
the articles I am using are all less than a year old. Also the saint Louis university study is a direct source.
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
I will read current biology articles on topics that apply to the world today; I will also post a blog with the current news with hiperlinks.
When I reaserched an article first I looked through the entire website to make sure there were no questionable qualities that could make it invalid. Then I read over the article twic to make sure I understood the information. Finally I cross-referenced the information in the article to make sure that the article was strictly factual rather than opinionated.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
I will hiperlink many sources to my post; I will also use creative commons images to display things on my post
I useed many hyperlinks of at least four different sites and used pictures with the creative commons license. I also embeded a video.
Publish work that is available for peer-review
I will give many credible sources for my callsmantes to aprove or reject. I will also publish a blog that at least one of my classmates will aprove.
I put my blog post on my wiki page.
I have posted many sources on the credible sources page.
cdc.gov
American Medical Asociatoin
New york State Medical Journal
saint Louis University Study
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
I will attempt to e-mail many experts and sugest that experts comment on my blog post.
I have sent an e-mail to ABC's Head Medical correspndent Dr. Richard Besser Asking him what is the mortality probability of people sick with swine flu? and What has the federal government and private companies done to make sre the vaccine is safe.
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
I will aprove or reject other classmates credible sources or posts. I will post comments on many of my classmates posts and review many of them befor they are posted.
I critiqued carl's rough draft blog.
I have also aproved/rejected many sources such as
clumbia State medical journal
National museum of natural history
bavelier study
Discuss in-class assignments
I will discuss the effects of swne flu on the human body and musscles.
I talked about how Swine flu along with other forms of flu has derived from the normal for of seasonal flu and how there is a possibility of a new strain of flu evolving.
Apply creativity to work
I will make a swine flu rap.
I put a youtube video of a swine flu rap on my blog
I also used a creative commons picture to give more clarity in my blog

Swine Flu and You


Swine flu is a new form of the basic form of influenza. Along with bird flu, dog flu, regular seasonal flu, and other diseases with flu like symptoms such as west Nile virus, swine flu has burst onto the modern medicine scene as a deadly pandemic with disastrous results. Scientists have been attempting to understand this new disease. In doing so these scientists have created a vaccine and hopefully a cure for the disease. Treatment for the flu, such as tamiflu, has been around for years to help calm the symptoms of flu but a common fear has emerged that the flu may evolve to be resistant to Tamiflu. As the flu rapidly evolves, scientists around the world try to keep up to prevent human fatalities.

H1N1 Influenza, more commonly known as Swine Flu, is currently in a pandemic state of what could be considered catastrophic proportions. The widespread ability and lethal nature of the disease caused President Obama to declare a national state of emergency (October 26, 2009). Numerous studies and experiments conducted by scientists over the past year have tried to answer crucial questions and concerns regarding the disease. In a quest to produce a cure for the H1N1 strain, scientists had to consider how the disease originated, how it is contracted, and finally, what kind of treatment will lead to prevention? After months of research, the Federal Government, in cooperation with private health care providers, has provided the national with a preventative vaccine against Swine Flu. Naturally, with an expedited cure for such a prominent disease, concerns have risen within the country. Perhaps the most critical concerns have been related to the safety and availability of the vaccination. As of November 20, 2009, the American Medical Association (AMA) has estimated that there have been approximately 46 million doses of the vaccine distributed across the U.S. Of the vaccines administered, the AMA has reported 3182 incidences of adverse reactions as a result of the vaccine; 94% of which have been minor and 6% have been life threatening or fatal. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) the side effects of this vaccine are similar to that of seasonal flu vaccine (soreness, fever, and aches); in fact, the proportion of life threatening illnesses are almost identical to that of the seasonal flu vaccine.


The CDC and Federal Drug Administration, in cooperation with other federal agencies, are closely monitoring and reporting on the safety of the vaccine. These institutions use private health care providers, and other institutions to closely monitor adverse effects and reactions seen in the public due to vaccination. In an attempt to record more accurate data, the federal government has involved itself in the process of recording data. According to the AMApeople with any of the following qualities are prime targets to receive the H1N1 flu vaccine:
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than six months of age
  • Health care and emergency medical services personnel
  • People between the ages of six months and 24 years old
  • People ages of 25 through 64 years of age who have chronic health conditions that put the at a higher risk of the disease

After much research, the CDC has warned that people who have life-threatening allergies to chicken eggs or any other element in the vaccine should not receive the vaccine.

Many people believe that the vaccine was rushed to the market to alleviate public distress in regards to contracting the disease. They believe that this resulted in a vaccine that was poorly tested and could potentially be harmful. However, according to scientists at St. Louis University, significant steps have been made to ensure that the vaccine is safe and most definitely advantageous to have; this was in April 2009. Robert Belshe, a doctor involved in the study, was talking about a universal seasonal flu vaccine but this process that they used in which they took many people in a clinical test to get the universal vaccine mirrors the work that the federal government along with private vaccine providers put in to make sure the vaccine was safe and effective.
H1N1 Vaccine by ghinson.
H1N1 Vaccine by ghinson.


(H1N1 vaccine)


A study done in Hong Kong revealed 45% of its citizens would accept the vaccine if distributed for free. If the vaccine was not free, the figure drops to 15%; without sufficient evidence of the vaccine's safety and efficiency the figure drops even loser to 5%. This reflects the general disposition among the public about this vaccine. People don't want to pay for the vaccine and they want their safeties ensures. Because of this mindset, scientists making the vaccine performed numerous tests in an attempt to ensure the safety of the vaccine.
For your entertainment I will give you this video.


(Swine Flu rap by Dr. Clarke)

In conclusion, with the this evidence put forth it would seem plausible to say that the swine flu vaccine has been tested sufficiently and does not fall short on any of the key safety issues. However, the supply of the vaccine may be a different story. Although the vaccine has been made and shipped across the U.S., there may not be enough vaccines to supply the whole country; supply issues will be apparent as many, especially the less affluent, may not be able to be vaccinated. I leave you with two questions.

1. The H1N1 flu has proved to be a deadly virus especially to those who have underlying conditions. What is the mortality probability of people who contract the disease? (Please list sources)
2. Over the past month cases of swine flu have diminished. Why is this? (Please list sources)