Influenza Extravaganza?

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

After the latest confirmed cases, Colorado now has four people who have come down with Swine Flu, out of almost five million residents in the state.

Are news outlets going overboard with this possible pandemic?

Some people we talked to say absolutely.

Every media outlet from print to TV has covered each and every angle of the virus, and some news followers say the coverage may be a little too much.

With constant updates from the Center For Disease Control, a command center in the local Health and Human Services Center, and even some tips from President Barack Obama himself, it's hard not to be caught up in the influenza extravaganza.

Sunday at the Mesa Mall, you would never know of any concern of an outbreak.

Most people we talked to think the media is sensationalizing the sniffles.

Kirsty Emerson from the Department of Health and Human Services says she understands why the Swine Flu is making headlines, but doesn't understand why other health issues are on the back burner. She says, "In the state of Colorado, we have anywhere from seven to eight hundred deaths annually and we don't ever see much coverage around that topic."

There is still concern about the virus though, there is no vaccine yet.

Also, it could come back again perhaps stronger in the fall, but for people Mesa County it seems like they won't worry unless they have to.

As far as 11 News' coverage is concerned, it's important to remember that we have a job to inform the public about what's going on, and how it can affect their lives.

Of course you can always find accurate and up to date coverage right here on 11 News.

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  • by Heather Location: Fruita on May 4, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    I understand that you have a responsibility to keep the public informed of what is going on in the world, but it seems to me that the media is sensationalizing the risk involved with getting this strain of flu. According to the numbers listed on the WHO website, there is a 98% survival rate with H1N1 overall and 99.5% chance of survival based on what's happened so far in the U.S. Cause for panic? I don't think so.
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