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Warning over return of swine flu

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The H1N1 strain of swine flu, which became a worldwide pandemic last year, will probably still be the main type of flu people suffer from in the coming months, scientists have said.

Many people who still have not received a vaccine are vulnerable to the bug - and some parts of the UK were mostly untouched by it - despite the apparent public perception that “everyone’s had it”.

Specialists speaking at a press conference on the issue also said they believed the UK Government responded proportionately to the pandemic.

Professor Robert Dingwall, from the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Science and Society, said the UK was not hit as badly as experts had initially claimed, “but this does not mean that the virus is not capable of getting round these defences, leading to a second wave of infection.”

Governments are “damned if they act and damned if they don’t” but it is “much better” to get ready for the worst than having to back-pedal when a virus emergency hits, he claimed.

“We are not completely out of the woods yet. It’s already the case that pandemic H1N1 cases are being reported. That does not mean that it’s going to go on to be a major outbreak but it does mean we cannot relax our vigilance too much.”

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  • Heres a real warning.

    To patients: Every cold, sniffle and sneeze ISN'T SWINE FLU! Calm down!

    To the government/managers: Stop giving out medications as if they were smarties and making everything worse. Stop panicking and throwing every sniffle into quarantine, and don't man the Swine Flu 'hotline' with teenage idiots with no medical training!!!!!!!!!

    You couldn't make it up could you.

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  • Yes. They did make it up. Literally. There was no pandemic. Big Pharma made billions out of influencing WHO and national governments.

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