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October 30, 2009
By Brian Hartz

Oct. 30, 2009 – Well, that answers that question.

Demand for the H1N1 flu vaccine has been overwhelming clinics. In Toronto, lines formed as early as 6 a.m. and didn't let up throughout the day, forcing workers to turn people away and even causing road closures.


In my previous post, I wondered
whether demand for the vaccine would meet supply. There had been a lot
of speculation about the severity of the swine flu outbreak and whether
the vaccine was necessary. Since then, a healthy, hockey-playing,
13-year-old boy died from swine flu, setting off a tidal wave of media
hysteria. And just today, Alberta reported its 13th H1N1-related death.

From absentee workers to reduced number of shoppers, businesses – including bakeries – must be feeling the effects of the H1N1 scare. But unlike Halloween, this scare appears to be very real.

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So, how are you coping with swine flu hysteria? Is it affecting you or your business in any way? If so, how? If not, is it only a matter of time? Let us know by leaving a comment or e-mailing editor@bakersjournal.com.