Britain has already issued warnings that the awaited swine flu vaccine may (as in 1977) kill and paralyse far more victims than the flu itself.
and half of children given Tamiflu have nasty side-effects – with no good evidence that Tamiflu protects against the rare fatal infection.
So remember, vitamin C to tolerance (ie not diarrhoea), with some zinc 20mg/d, betacarotene eg 10 000iu/d, and highdose Vitamin D are the best protection we have: – vitamin D3 eg 7000iu/day or 50 000iu/week for prevention through the rest of winter, then perhaps half of that in summer; and for acute flu- 50 000iu twice a day for 3 days (eg 2000iu per kg body weight- unless you are the rare one who already had kidney stones, high blood calcium problems.
and remember simple things- sniffing vitamin C powder; and steaming – heat kills cold viruses.
If you dont handle vitamin C well by mouth, it is practical to have 2 to 4 gms by small -needle subcutaneous injection every day, or up to 1.5gm/kg in a buffered intravenous drip over one-two hours (as is used to boost germ or cancer resistance) a few times a week..