Today I journalled about H1N1 and its closeness to home. That spawned a bunch of comments and a difference of opinion between people who were really worried about it and those who believe it's just a bunch of media hype. Behind the cut are three questions about H1N1. The last one is based on comments people made in response to my journal post, with one or two gratuitous ones thrown in. Feel welcome to add your own comments about H1N1, how it's affecting you and your part of the world, and whether you think it's as bad as made out in the media.
This is a subject that seems to invite passionate responses, so feel free to be passionate, all I ask is that if you disagree with someone else's point of view, be respectful and attack the argument, not the person.
Which of the following statements do you more closely identify with?
H1N1 really scares me.
H1N1 is just a bunch of media hype, I'm not worried about it at all.
Assuming that the vaccine for H1N1 is available to you, will you get vaccinated?
I definitely will
I haven't decided yet
I probably won't
I definitely won't
Which of the following statements do you agree with? (Select as many as apply).
I'm not a member of a group that is more susceptible to contracting H1N1 and therefore I'm not too worried
The vaccine isn't available in my area yet and that worries me
People are dying from H1N1, so getting vaccinated against it is a no-brainer for me
The media is blowing H1N1 way out of proportion
President Obama has declared a state of emergency because of H1N1, so there's obviously good reason to be concerned about it.
I don't want to get vaccinated because I often get sick right after I get a flu shot
I don't think kids should get vaccinated because for children, the flu vaccine has side effects that can be worse than the flu
Even if you get sick from the vaccine, it's still a lot better than getting H1N1
All flus come with a death toll. H1N1 is no more deadly than regular flu.
Vaccines just make the virus stronger
People born before 1950 don't need to get vaccinated, they have natural antibodies that will help them fight H1N1
If H1N1 mutates with the seasonal flu, this will be worse than the pandemic of 1918
This poll was written by a gay man and therefore it is not valid
Think of the children, for God's sake won't someone think of the children?