Follow the money

29 people have died of Mexican Flu in Britain so far, yet the head of their health department predicts 65,000 deaths. Why would a public official whip up hysteria like this? I assume he’s found a way to profit from it. When he hires Al Gore as a Flu expert, we’ll know I was right.

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  1. Anonymous

    Immunisation gets good uptake when there is sufficient motivation from the public.
    “If you don’t want to die, you had better queue for the vaccine”. Vulnerability and a belief of susceptibility to the disease vs. the disincentive that a disease is not severe, is the problem faced by those officials concerned.
    Do you know the incentives doctors receive in order to obtain maximum compliance from their patients, by government and drug companies?

  2. Anonymous

    I suggest that your tag changes to Immunisation and misinformation. Never can the words Hysteria and English be allied.
    When the Northern Rock bank collapsed 18 months ago, the English savers queued for days, patiently waiting for their life savings to be returned. No hysteria even in the face of destruction.

  3. Old School Grump

    If you read “The Great Influenza” by John M. Barry, you’ll understand why health officials around the world are so jumpy about H1N1. Actually, just read the Afterword, added in 2005 or 2006 I think, to get the picture. By the way, the US has only about 50 percent of the capacity needed to make enough vaccine for everyone (assuming an effective vaccine can even be created). Really, it could get very ugly.