You know I don't think there is a flu epidemic at all!
This is obviously just a case of better diagnosing! People have now "learned the signs" of the flu, that's all.
Clearly this is merely diagnostic substitution.
People who are coincidentally getting sick now might have "flu like" symptoms but NOT the flu. They are just looking for something to blame! I feel sorry for them, how pathetic!
Also Peter Bearman states that greedy people are hearing of other people getting good medical help and are jealous so they move to the same area in order to seek the flu diagnosis so they too can get all those services that their flu friends are receiving!
Also I think we need to do a TREMENDOUS AMOUNT of genetic research into the flu- not into treatment OR causation- just research the genetic pathways of flu like symptoms.
We also must invest millions in flu family pedigree projects. We should sequence everyone's genes and study these families for at least 20 -30 yrs BEFORE investing in treatment research (Tom Insel and Simons).
Natural prevention methods, like hand washing, are clearly dangerous and unproven "alternative therapy" and should be avoided at all costs. Only the flu shot will keep you safe- well 50% of the time at least, sure the flu shot is minimally effective but doctors knows best!
Susan Hyman, Nancy Minshew, Paul Offit
Katie Wright is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.