With over 140 deaths attributed to the pandemic of Swine Flu and reported cases diagnosed in North America, Canada, Spain, Scotland, and suspected in France and the East Midlands of England are we due another fear-fest or a global killer? The world health authority citing this strain of Influenza A as pandemic and stating governments are powerless (or moneyless) to enact preventative measure to stem the spread of this strain, doctors are urging the public to avoid surgeries if they believe they may be exposed. Confirmed cases in England have been placed into doctor ordered house quarantine, with an estimated spread rate of 1-9, is this as virilent as the media is telling us it is. Hundreds have already died from this particular strain, but are we loosing sight of the fact that a quarter of a million people die from plain old influenza every year. Are we just looking for the next reason to be scared as a species are we always hunting a new thing to fear with a string of war, fuel shortages, food shortages, animal diseases (CJD, Foot and Mouth etc) and "Killer Flu" (H5N1 etc)? Hiding from the world? Cover up by various governments? Discuss!