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Swine flu hits home

   An editorial in today's Buffalo News mourns the loss of a local teenager to complications rising from a case of the H1N1 influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu. It also argues that individuals and households, as least as much as any school or public official, must take responsibility for stopping the spread of this feared disease.
- Swine flu hits home
   Somewhere between complacency and panic comes vigilance. And that is what is necessary in dealing with the threat of a strain of influenza that Saturday claimed the life of a Buffalo teenager.

   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control offers lots of online advice about dealing with the flu. Click the picture below to get there. 

Keep your sick kids home from school. Visit for more information.

   Other editorials on the subject, with varying levels of panic, from:
- The Fort Morgan (Colo.) Times: Flu news no cause for panic 
- The Ventura County (Calif.) Star: H1N1 virus is on the move 
- The Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat: Still at risk 
- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Guarding against flu complacency
- The Times of India: Swine Flu Alert
- The Timaru (New Zealand) Herald: No more room for scepticism (And, if all this flu stuff isn't enough, the Kiwi paper also offers this bit of scary news: Whooping cough epidemic coming.)
- And some advice from Someone Who Knows What They Are Talking About in The Washington Post: Pandemic Reality Check

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News 


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