A recent warning from WebMd could easily be filed in a “Is this for real?” folder.
Ranking third on WebMd's list of “Swine Flu: 10 Things Not to Do” is this helpful tip: Don't hold or attend a swine flu party. Similar to the old idea of chicken pox parties, swine flu soirees are intended to infect all guests with the virus at one time in the hope that “they'll have a mild illness and gain immunity” so they won't get sick if the H1N1 virus worsens.
“That's a bad idea, according to the CDC,” the WebMd list advises, “because there's no way to know whether swine flu will be severe or fatal in swine flu party guests, or anyone else that they, in turn, infect.”
The list's other suggestions include remembering that the seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against the H1N1 flu virus; remembering to clean up, given that the virus can linger on books, toys, countertops and doorknobs; and not rushing to a hospital emergency room unless you have severe symptoms.