During most of last year, the Seaside Gazette has given us the chance to criticise unfounded alarmism and a marketing-directed hype about this new flu and the ever-so-useless vaccine, which has been sold by the trillion to governments worldwide.
Between the bird-flu hype and the hype of the so-called swine flu there was increased coverage about dementia and the necessity of early diagnosis in the media.
Symptoms are a dry cough and a high fever, plus headaches and general malaise, with aches and pains (more than normal!) and lack of appetite. But, if you do not have a fever, you do not have the flu!
A doctor at our local medical centre was punched several times, and his computer screen and keyboard smashed with a hammer by an angry local man on the 1st of July.
…And the good news is that you are 700 times more likely never to reach a hospital after a heart attack than dying of swine flu once you have contracted it.