So with all the hype surrounding the Swine Flu, or now the more pork friendly H1N1, this isn’t the first time there has been a swine flu outbreak. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the 1918 Flu Pandemic was associated with the H1N1 strain of influenza, as well as an outbreak in the US in 1976. This does not mean that the version of H1N1 that we have today will be as catastrophic as in 1918, but this may be the reason for the increased hype over something that is currently effecting such a small number of people.
During the 1976 outbreak US health officials strongly promoted the immunization programs and released these PSA’s, which feature a Hitchcockian style.
BTW: Eating pork does not pose a risk of infection. So break out the bacon and enjoy some Pork, the other white meat™.