Are you petrified of the swine flue?

@ronaldinu (12454)
Malta
July 8, 2009 6:42am CST
To be honest I am really anxious since I am supposed to travel with my family to UK in two weeks time. I am petrified that something happens to my family or me and I have to cancel my holiday at the last minute. Are you petrified of the swine flue?
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
3 Aug 09
This is a really good discussion and I know a lot of people have heard about the swine flu,I am sure there are a lot of people who are afraid of catching the swine flu and they will only go out of the house at certain times and to certain places, and then I am sure there are people who are not afraid of the swine flu and they will go out,and go places as if it does not exist,or as if it was nothing more than a common flu,I can understand that everyone is different,and no two people usually think the same way,since everyone has different ideas,different opinions,and different preferences,and I am sure people with families might be more afraid of the swine flu then people without families,and I can understand that canceled your holiday to keep your family safe because I know you do not want anything to happen to you or your family,when it comes to me I am not really scared of the swine flu, and I know even if you are careful if you are supposed to catch it you are going to catch it,and one of my moms employers and her family caught the swine flu when they went to the beach,they got medicine and in about a week they were healthy again and hopefully the swine flu will go away soon,have a great day,good luck with your life,and all of your mylotting goals,and Happy Posting my friend.
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@OConnell87 (1046)
8 Jul 09
i'm from the UK and there have only been 3 deaths but they were already suffering from illness anyway. In my town a few weeks ago only 1 girl had it then week late 20 other pupils got it but the girl who got it had been to america so your prob more likely to get it where you are.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I do believe that the cdc and news media have blown the swine flu all out of proportion. We are always have the flu and yes a number of people do die from it it every year. If I were to take the flu shot that they are preparing I would be more concerned about that. Those shots have 49% more mercury than the environmental Protection Agency safety limits. They also have formaldehyde and Aluminum in them. Besides keeping your hands washed and way from your mouth nose and eyes is good prevention.
@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
8 Jul 09
I was a bit worried at first as I did not know exactly what could happen if you are infected. Last week a friend of mine was on the same plane as those who came from Spain that were infected and the first cases here in Malta, we only got to know after it came out on the news so I was a bit worried since I went at her office. But now I think that life must go on and I cannot stop my life because of this. Even if you don't go on holiday you and your family can still be infected here so you can just go and not think about it. The important thing is to wash hands frequently and have disinfectant wipes all the time, well I also stay two steps back from people especially if they cough :) The worst thing that could happen is that your holiday plans are ruined by the flu otherwise, enjoy. I'll be going to Scotland in August and till that time I presume it would have spread more here so I'm not cancelling unless I will be sick myself.
• Poland
8 Jul 09
By the way, this morning there was an article in The Times stating that the first person with swine flu has now recovered and will return to work. Another article has now been added saying that cases have risen to 55.... this in a week. I guess tomorrow there'll be more after MTV
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
8 Jul 09
I hope that it wont be the case but yest the MTV event in Malta can serve as a springboard for the virus to spread very rapidly .....
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
8 Jul 09
If you have a strong immune system and take basic precautions, you should be fine. It usually affects people with weak immune systems. http://www.ehow.com/how_4964548_avoid-swine-flu.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
8 Jul 09
I have a strong immune system (at least I believe) I hope i dont catch this virus before my holiday at least :)
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Nah, think positive. Just worrying causes stress and stress is not good for the immune system. I never worry about being sick. I have not been sick in a long time.
• India
2 Aug 09
Hello my friend ronaldinu Ji, I wish if I had to travel to UK or any places, even our country is not spared, we listen daily about this disease, but it does not matter for me to cancel myself for stepping out of my home. I always believe, whatever is to happen, no one can stop. So let's always remain quiet and away from tense. Try. May god bless You and have a great time.
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
12 Jul 09
To be honest my friend it doesn't bother me in the slightest, nothing has changed, and I certainly won't change my life or plans around it, the best thing to do is to carry on regardless, didn't we have all this with the bird flu? What has happened to bird flu, ok this might be a stronger strain of the flu but what do we do? All panic and go into hysteria and lock the doors and never venture out again? We will get through it, we need to be strong and as the British used to say 'Keep a stiff upper lip'
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
10 Jul 09
Not exactly. sure I would prefer not to get it, but in the end, worrying about it or not, if I am to catch it I will no matter what. Sure I will - and do - do my best to protect myself, but that's about it. If one is to worry about all that can go wrong, then we won't have time to enjoy the good stuff :):):)
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I pretty much stay home but ones or twice a month to get out for groceries and appointments. I don't worry about it as much as I used to though. But it is always wise to see ways of protecting yourself and helping boost your immune system to help fight it. Good luck and safe travel.
@gemini_rose (16194)
9 Jul 09
Well I live in the UK and all the cases so far have been about an hours drive away from where I live, but heard on the news the other day of another case that has sprung up and that is a lot closer. I am not petrified as such but worried certainly.
@derek_a (10903)
9 Jul 09
It is very difficult with the high level of publicity this Swine Flu is attracting. Yet it seems that most cases are very mild and regular flu kills more people than Swine Flu. I am not going to allow myself to be panicked by this reporting and I have discovered that there's a voice of reason from Dr. Mercola on www.mercola.com. It seems that huge numbers of people have visited his site and been reassured by him. - Derek
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
9 Jul 09
No, I can't say I'm more afraid of getting the swine flu than I am any other form of flu. I live in Canada and it hasn't been all that serious here. There has only been a couple deaths and most of the people who got it didn't even need any medical intervention, they were such mild cases. So I just continue to do the same things to prevent myself from getting any flu bug at all. I wash my hands often and I make sure I cover my mouth a lot. So if I get it, I get it. It can't always be helped. I am going on a vacation in 10 days time. I am going to Las Vegas. I never even thought about the swine flu when I booked my trip, three weeks ago. It wouldn't and hasn't stopped me from doing what I want.
@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Nah...I've forgotten about the swine flu, to be honest I haven't heard anything about it in a long time. You shouldn't be afraid to travel with your family, just go and have fun and try not to worry about it, if you worry about it then it will just put a damper on your holiday.
@littleowl (7157)
9 Jul 09
Hi Ronald, I live in the UK and so far the swine flu hasn't harmed anyone where I live, really it isn't talked about, I think there was one victim in Wales or something but not in England..personally I don't think you have anything to worry about so don't cancel your holiday come over and have a good time..hugs LoLo
9 Jul 09
Hi ronaldinu, You shouln't worry about it like that as long as your family wash your hands at all time there is nothing to worry about, and over here is not that bad, and don't listen to any scarey stories as you can get it anywhere you go, as long as you keep yourself hygenic, it is fine. Tamara
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
8 Jul 09
sort of... a little bit i guess... but not too much... i try to ignore it though and have a healthy lifestyle to prevent it getting to me... i find that there is no point in worrying too much as it doesn't help at all... it is better to take prevention rather than worrying... have a great time in your traveling... take care and have a nice day...
@GardenGerty (93571)
• Marion, Kansas
8 Jul 09
No, I am not worried about it at all. I wash my hands, try to rest enough, eat healthfully and that is about all. I guess I just am not a worrier.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Well you can worry yourself enough that you won't enjoy your vacation, what I would do is determine what was the last time I could cancel everything and then wait to make my mind up then. No one know how things will be in the future.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
8 Jul 09
There's nothing to be worried about.. It's just any other flu virus that's in the air.. lol =D As long as one is healthy, there's nothing to fear.. UNless one has got a weak immune system, or they are suffering from asthma, hypertension, heart disease, pregnant, only then they are more vulnerable to it.. IF not, children and elderly have to take some precautions as well because their immune system is not that strong anymore or yet ^_^ Wear a mask for protection and i guess that should be the safest way, if u must travel for sure ^_^
8 Jul 09
I am not concered with the virus as it is, I am concered with what it could become. Right now the 'swine' flu virus (Influenza A(H1N1)) is relatively contained and treatable. The virus itself has been genotyped and a vacine is being created - all good things. What makes this strain different is that it is not actually a 'swine' flu - it is a combination of swine, avain (bird) and human virus. This means that it is different from anything that has been seen (and thus, treated) before, and it potentially has a greater capacity for mutation. The virus also has the ability to pass from human to human, something which previous outbreaks and pandemic scares such as Avian Flu in 2006 and SARS in 2003 were not able to do. I am not afraid of the virus, and I don't feel that there is a need for panic, however people should learn as much as possible and not hesitate to go to the doctor if they feel ill. But by all means, have fun on your holiday!