I had CPR training last week RJB...I spoke with the nurse who worked for the health department. She said flu is flu - no matter what strand it is. She said the same thing applies for Swine flu as it does regular flu. It affects the very young, and the very old...basically those who have less ability to fight disease. But the Swine flu apparently is no worse than the regular flu - according to her.
Common sense things like washing your hands (don't forget your thumbs) often and covering your cough with the inside of your elbow help greatly. Also getting the flu shot. You have to get the regular flu which has three strands that they predict will be most rampant and then also the Swine Flu shot if you are wanting to be covered there.
She also said the best time to get the shot was late October and early November which makes the shot it's most effective during the months the flu is the worst. As each month goes by the protection the shot gives becomes weaker and weaker.
It is going to be a rough winter I expect for every kind of flu. I would do whatever you can to protect yourself...I know I plan to.