So glad to see there are lots of people who havn't bought into the media hype. Worldwide measles has killed more people this year than swine flu.
During the spanish flu epidemic most of the young people died from cytokine storms, where their immune system over-reacts to the virus causing a run away reaction which stops you from breathing properly. If the virus produced cytokine storms then peoples own immune system would kill them. This would mean people aged 18-30 dying when they get the flu.
This appeared to be the case in Mexico even the first few cases to die in the US died from "breathing complications". Since WHO thought this would be the case and we would have another spanish flu killing young strong members of the population they made big deal out of it. Right now it is clear to see (in the UK anyways) the virus is killing a very small percentage of very young kids and very ill people who get it.
I thankful of anxiety and depression giving me weaker immune system.
The avian flu and other asian flu epidemics to strike Asia all had much higher death rate some as high as 3-4%. I think swine flu's is 0.5%, it will be horrible week if you get it but chances of it killing you are very slim. Its much better to get it now while the weather hot than in the winter.
I personally feel its been blown out of proportion. In my own opinion the best thing that can happen is for me to catch get 2 weeks off work and build my own immunity whilst the weather is nice. Novel Flu virus vaccines have a bad history with side effects (look at the 1976 swine flu outbreak in US), the vaccine left 1000's of people disabled, so im personally looking forward to getting my bout of swine flu over done with and having 2 weeks off work :P
I know measles killed 100,000 worldwide last year and left even more children deaf, swine flu has killed 429 people. I didn't see the media or WHO begging people to get measle vaccines even though its completely preventable disease. Sure swine flu wont be fun to have but their alot worst diseases out there which the media is not making a fuss about. I think right now swine flu is a big unknown as the media knows they can scare us with ita nd sell papers.
Secondly someone said it reproduces 4 times quicker in the respiratory system, just means it spreads easier than normal flu, most of that will be coughed out. This all my personal uneducated view and i do understand people with underlying health conditions or parents with young children being scared to get it and it must be a horrible confusing time for them.