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 year’s 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 we’ll 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 can’t. 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.