N1H1 hype

Over the last few weeks and months we have heard ever-increasing news of N1H1. The swine flu has captured much of the news reports that come on daily. And many government offices have been pumping information and hype about a flu that has killed people and will potentially kill more. And now that the vaccine is out we see a great deal of panic from people. People are willing to wait in line for 5 hours in the cold and rain and snow for a vaccine, that as yet seems to be unproven. We have heard on the news that no adverse side effects have been reported, so we are using a vaccine that is still in trial basis. And is so because of the public hysteria that has been created by the government hype.

A lot of time was spent talking about the “pandemic” and how many people were being hospitalized from the flu that you think a virulent strain of the bubonic plague had been released. Less than 500 people have died from the swine flu in Canada in the two years since it was discovered and we consistently have more than 1200 people who die yearly from regular influenza. And there is no mass panic for that flu, and there are no reports of a flu pandemic being plastered over the news. And yet around the world people get the flu,and many people die. And it is the same with the swine flu.

I don’t understand all the hype that this has been getting. And now governments are trying to play it down, telling people that there is no need to panic, cause it isn’t that much to worry about. Well maybe if they hadn’t hyped it so much to begin with, we wouldn’t have to be playing it down now. I personally don’t intend to get vaccinated. I have had the flu many times, and even though it is unpleasant, I have had no serious results from it. And like most of the people who have gotten swine flu, I will most likely recover and go on living, just like I have done each time I have gotten the flu before. Maybe next time we get a flu variant we will learn from the last few times and not panic people with a lot of useless hype. I’m not holding my breath for that to happen though.

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