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Worried About Swine Flu?

By September 27, 2009

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Forum member tina2008 writes, I am getting real worried over swine flu. Is it my GAD or is the media just hyping it up?? Or is this a real worry??? I can't even tell anymore. I'm going to freak come October through WInter. Given some of the predictions about this years flu season, Tina is probably not alone in her worries.

For those of you who remember the swine flu scare of 1976, there was a lot of worrying that turned out to be unnecessary. Could the 2009 H1N1 swine flu be a 1976 repeat? Or, are we looking at a more sinister scenario such as that of the 1918 flu pandemic? Unfortunately, I guess well have to wait and see.

A lot of people are worried about this flu season. And if worry could take care of the problem, it would surely be solved by now. But, it cant. So, the best defense is to put together a good plan of action based on reliable sources. You can find reliable information about protecting you and your family from swine flu infection as well as what to do if you develop flu symptoms from the CDC, WHO, or Flu.gov.

If you think you are worrying excessively, there are some strategies to reduce worrisome thoughts that you may find helpful.

September 28, 2009 at 2:47 am
(1) Anxiety says:

I’ve found that media exposure of the outbreak (or just about any topic) plays a significant role in the production of anxiety. There’s little to no reports of swine flu coming in to our town these days, and people are less panicky now. The anxiety about the flu was obvious; some even wear those expensive masks.

Anyway, the media is useful for making us aware of things, but as you said, we should practice our due diligence and seek out those reliable sources.

September 29, 2009 at 8:58 pm
(2) Bill says:

I am also concerned about the swine flu. I am over 65 so I should take both the regular and swine flu shots, but I am very nervous since there is no history about possible reactions to swine flu vaccine. Maybe i will decide by a coin flip.

October 6, 2009 at 10:49 am
(3) Kate says:

There are plenty of homeopathic supplements to ward off any illness. Echinacea, Ester C, Vitamin D, are all good supplements to take during the entire year. Echinacea should be taken for 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off. Our bodies are designed to be healthy, not sick. If you help out with good food, exercise, water, and supplements, you will be healthier. Even if you get sick, just rest and your body will heal itself. Fever is your bodies natural way to get the virus out. It’s uncomfortable to be sick but remember, your body is healing itself!! And stop watching the crazed reports on TV. The news thrives on getting people anxious.

October 13, 2009 at 4:13 am
(4) Lionel says:

I understand that swine flu as it is at the moment has a lower mortality than normal seasonal flu. It is apparently more contagious, but it is less serious. As far as i can see, (and unless there’s something that they are not telling us), the whole thing has been massively blown out all proportion.

Take your pick of the conspiracy theories, but you can’t argue against the facts. Don’t worry about it. As Bill says, i think you’ve got more to worry about from the vaccines.

October 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(5) Annie says:

I’m not overly worried, but I am concerned because I’m unable to get the regular flu shot this year. My doctor’s office is out of it, every place that they advertise is out of it by the time I get there. And, I’ve already had the flu this year!

I’m putting off worrying about whether to get the H1N1 shot until I get the regular flu shot. Then I’ll have to decide whether to get it or not.

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