Mercury Rising

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[Dubai, August 31. Image via Getty]

A nurse takes the temperature of a student at the United International Private School (UIPS) in Dubai on August 31, 2009. The school has launched an awareness campaign for swine flu or A(H1N1) influenza as it opened its doors for the new academic year. Monitoring and taking the temperature of students is conducted every day as part of the campaign. The United Arab Emirates announced its second case of swine flu fatality as a pregnant woman died after delivery. The health ministry said that some 600,000 school students will be given vaccination once it becomes available from the manufacturers. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)


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It seems to me that some other countries are taking swine flu more seriously than we are here.

I have a friend teaching in South Korea, and she's reported that all the students' temperatures are taken at least twice a day. Anyone diagnosed with swine flu has to stay away from school for at least a week.

I haven't heard as much talk about it here in the U.S. — just an acknowledgment that it's coming and that we should all be a bit more careful about the flu in general this year.

Are other countries over-reacting, or are we under-reacting? Or am I just picking up on incomplete bits of news?