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The Cold & Flu Terrorists Attacks
One Billion U.S. Citizens A Year
Cliff McKenzie, Editor

GROUND ZERO PLUS 1122 DAYS,--New York, NY, Wednesday, October 8, 2004--Americans have more than 1 billion colds a year, so don't feel bad when you're sniffling and coughing.

I always think of the Cold Terrorist and Flu Terrorist when I am attacked by either one. Their job is to reduce me to a weak lump of helpless human pulp, and, that's where I end up.

For the last couple of days I've been stuck to my bed, wallowing in the quagmire of coughs and wheezes, a sorrowful sense of malise, a pounding head ache, and no desire to lift my fingers to type.

I did go to the doctor.

The Flu & Cold Terrorists are attacking me
The Flu & Cold Terrorists are attacking me

Not much help there, for battling out a cold is a personal rather than medical bout. Get rest, drink lots of liquids, etc.

But I was sure I had the flu also, conspiring with the cold, a kind of double whammy. I would prefer to have both at once and get them over. My doctor gave me a flu shot on Monday.

Out of interest, I went to Google to find out about flu and cold statistics. It seems that the cost to the nation by flue and pneumonia in 1995 was $22.9 billion.

About 20,000 people die each year from the flu, according to the Center for Disease Control and 35-50 million people will be infected this year, as they are each year.

Only there's a bit of a problem this year. It seem the flu vaccine is short. Only half of what normally is produced made it here in time from England.

The flu vaccine supply was contaminated by a Terrorist bacteria that ruined much of the supply
The flu vaccine supply was contaminated by a Terrorist bacteria that ruined much of the supply

On the heels of the flu is the Beast of Cold Virus. Estimates are that U.S. citizens suffer about 1 billion of them a year. Children catch between 6-8 colds a year, and families with school children can peak as high as 12 a year.

Adults average 2-4 colds a year...so I feel pretty good. It's been a year since I've had a cold, but, I ended up in the hospital last time. So I need to be careful.

Tracking down the cold virus is like finding Osama bin Laden. There are more than 200 different types of virus that cause a cold.

So, I'm coughing and sniffing and starting to feel a little better. I'm able to type a story and think about cold and flu bugs...and to realize that I need a shower...

Be Vigilant...wash you hands...wash your hands...wash your hands...



Be Vigilant! Wash Your Hands!


Influenza: from the French word, influentia, which refers to the belief that epidemics were caused by the influence of the stars.

Influenza or flu is an acute respiratory infection capable of sweeping through entire communities. Flu season begins in November or December and may last until April or May.

Although the word "flu" is often applied to almost anything that makes us feel unwell, influenza should not be mistaken for the common cold or other airborne viruses. The flu differs significantly from the common cold in both the rapid onset of the illness and in the potentially life-threatening complications that can develop, especially in the elderly. Although most people recover within a week, serious problems can occur in newborn babies, people with certain chronic illnesses, and the elderly.

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