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Published:October 29th, 2009 11:47 EST
Swine Flu Parties: Really Happening Or Urban Myth?

Swine Flu Parties: Really Happening Or Urban Myth?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"There`s been another development in swine flu news " `swine flu parties, where people supposedly expose themselves to the virus on purpose. While the evidence is anecdotal " and may even just be a false rumor " the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking it seriously.
Spokesman Tom Skinner tells NPR`s Liane Hansen that the CDC has been getting calls for some time about swine flu parties, but so far hasn`t found any evidence that they`re actually occurring. Nonetheless, it has issued a recommendation on its Web site to avoid such gatherings."
A swine flu party sounds like an urban myth, but we should never underestimate the gullibility of the American public. In a country where transparent con artists like Pat Robertson make millions, anything is possible. There probably are some fools who believe that exposing themselves to the disease will build up their immunity to it.
What`s next? A venereal crabs party hosted by Amy Winehouse, where skanks expose themselves to crabs hoping to develop any immunity to the little critters? I can imagine Paris Hilton exclaiming: That`s so hot, Lindsay Lohan invited me to a crabs party!
The CDC is doing the right thing taking this story seriously, it`s their responsibility to dispel myths. Folks, let`s get real, the best way to protect yourself from H1N1 is by washing your hands religiously, and by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.