Public Health

Has The Outbreak Got You Tweeting?

"Within a few days of news of the flu outbreak," NPR's Yuki Noguchi reported today on Morning Edition, "the term 'swine flu' quickly became 10 times more popular on blogs and Twitter than references to the peanut butter-related salmonella problems earlier this year, according to Nielsen Online, which tracks online traffic. It's already three times more popular than references to Britain's instant TV singing sensation, Susan Boyle, whose YouTube clips have been viewed by many tens of millions of viewers."

A Twitter search this morning certainly confirms Yuki's conclusion. There's everything from the comic ...

steveo1485: My dog just sneezed on me. Doesn't he know there is swine flu?!?

... to more traditional news ...

bbchealth: How the UK has stepped up its swine flu plans http://tinyurl.com/chunh4

Flu Shots is always looking for good, reliable sources of information. If you come across ones you particularly like — on Twitter or elsewhere — write us a note.

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