48 People Killed by Flu in a Week!

And another 48 will die next week.

Scared? You shouldn’t be! Flu causes around 2500 deaths in Australia a year.

So I worry about headlines like this – Man with Swine Flu Dies in Hospital.

Turns out he had a whole lot of other medical issues that may have contributed to his death. It’s possible that swine flu had little to do with his death.

If an average of 48 people are killed by flu each week how many do you think die from all causes but have a flu virus at the time of death?

My point is beware of media beat ups regarding health and nutrition. Beware of official policy on the same. This point is being rammed home as I read Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health . Heavy going but scary stuff.

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