Nah! They'd never do THAT!
I got a call from my mom down in Florida. Dad had developed a really bad cold, sneezing, coughing, and it wasn't getting better. She then asked the Million Meseta Question: is he going to die from swine flu?
Now, I'm no doctor, but I am a science nut. I explained certain facts to her: 1) H1N1 is genetically missing the part of the strain that makes it fatal. It is no worse than regular flu, so get him in bed with some chicken soup and some Robitussin and he'll be fine. 2) The "epidemic" hasn't been much of an epidemic, so it's not like your life is going to turn into Outbreak.
I remember an ad on Craigslist where a woman was looking to trade H1N1 vaccine for Dave Matthews concert tickets (all except the inoculation for the oldest, since he'd be the babysitter). It was wrong on so many levels.
Originally, the news was saying that there'd be a shortage of vaccine (I didn't bother, as my body is conditioned to handle the flu without that stuff. When a cold gets passed around the office, I'm the only one unaffected by it. And brother, do my office mates get pissed about that). There were all these hoops you had to jump through, some places wouldn't take certain health plans. Now, the cost is less than half what it was, there is plenty in stock. I half expect to see an offer for a free H1N1 inoculation with a full tank of gas.
The media spends millions of dollars to manufacture a story about how doomed we are. Will people ever get tired of falling for this?