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What a way to sensationalize tragedy.
Yes, it is a tragedy when kids die.
Yes, it is unfortunate that we don’t have enough vaccine available.
Yes, some people believe that vaccines are bunk, especially the flu shot.
Yes, the hysteria is starting to rise. It’s everywhere. Makes one want to stay isolated inside the house and never leave, open the door with a N95 and turn the foyer into a positive-pressure space. Makes me just turn off the news and news websites and pop a Xanax.
But why focus on kids? Easy: kids pull at our heart strings. Kids are the easiest way to sway the public’s opinion. Sad but true.
And I don’t need a special graphic to tell me that H1N1 is widespread in Oregon. I just go to work.