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Flu Parties Become Hot Trend

A party where you can drink an infected beer or can sneeze on each other is the latest trend in the Netherlands.

Americans and Asians have already been going to the special parties where people have been infected deliberately to create antibodies against the flu.

“The partygoers are likely to be less sick than those who try to prevent infection, ” says trend watcher Gerda Jonker of Hanze University Groningen in the Dutch news paper.

Thomas Sprouse of Science of the Time calls the flu parties a statement against the flu hype.

The Netherlands is struggling with a flu epidemic. In the first week of the new year, the number of flu cases increased sharply.

87 per one hundred thousand Dutch people are now infected with influenza-like illnesses.

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