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Was swine flu overhyped? Analysts still debating

It's hard to believe that 12 months ago, not many of us had ever heard the terms "swine flu" "H1N1" or even "adjuvant." But in the last eight months, many Canadians learned more about influenza than they ever would have imagined, thanks to stern health official warnings and breathless media coverage.

So with the dreaded "second wave" now appearing over, was H1N1 a "dud" of a pandemic, as Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for Ontario's Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, declared earlier this year?

Or did we escape a potential disaster, perhaps only because information campaigns and vaccine programs were so effective?

Dr. Donald Low, a microbiologist at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, says to blow off H1N1 as a blip would be irresponsible.

"This was not a dud," he told CTV.ca by phone, noting that any form of flu can be a serious infection.
 
 

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