I am thinking about whether or not to get a flu shot. And in my research I stumbled on a strange coincidence between the type of flu we seem to meet each year and how it corresponds to the animals in the Chinese New Year.
The writer to Snopes said that the Year of the Rooster corresponded to the year of the Avian flu, the Year of the Horse corresponded to the equine flu and the Year of the Boar corresponded to the Swine flu. This was a little off but none-the-less, interesting.
So the question is - Do influenza outbreaks of recent years correspond to Chinese astrological symbols? To answer this I checked one of my favorite sites - snopes.com. As usual with these things, the relationship between flu type and the Chinese New Year is just a coincidence and unrelated ... at least according to snopes.
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