Buttle's World

28 April, 2009

Don’t Fear the Flu

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 6:00

Here’s a factual, calm, rational piece about the Swine Flu. I had it vetted by the official Buttle’s World MD, who says, “Yes, that’s reasonable advice.”

Swine flu is one more strain of flu. It sounds really scary because it originally came from pigs, and that creates some mystery around it. It also sounds scary because we don’t have any vaccine to protect those who are most vulnerable.

But it behaves like other flus. We catch it the same way, and we can protect ourselves the same ways. We can make choices to protect ourselves and our families.

Do you fear the seasonal flu? Probably not. And this flu is really no more frightening than seasonal flu. In fact, to date, no deaths have occurred outside Mexico, whereas thousands die each year from seasonal flu.

Read the whole thing.

This just in:

Our MD has forwarded the CDC link on Swine Influenza which is updated at least every 24 hours. And here are their recommendations and even a page for clinicians.

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