im with Pyro on this one. its a slow news week, the hurricane issue is loosing steam so they are jumping on the flu issue like a pack of rabid dogs. look at West Nile Virus, it was also supposed to be one of those big bad bugs but it kind of fizzled out. turns out most who get infected dont get much more than a mild cold if that. there were very few cases in Montana this year and being that the whole state was wet all spring and the mosquitoes were so thick you darn near couldnt go outside we should have had a record number of cases. the average persons immune system is actually does what its supposed to do quite well. while i do believe "global epidemics" are possible and quite probable, they will never wipe out 1/2 the population.