LeBron Does Not Have Swine Flu, Is Not Stuck in a Helium Balloon
But fear not for LeBron's health. Just as the worry/excitement over Balloon Boy's jaunt ended up wasted as Falcon Heene spent the balloon chase chilling in his garage, the concern over the H1N1 virus tearing through the MVP is unfounded. LeBron does have the flu, but NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that James is not sick with the swine flu. Whew.
Coby Karl and Darnell Jackson also have the seasonal flu, and Aldridge reports three other Cavaliers were tested for H1N1. In case you've been hiding in a box in the attic for the past six months, H1N1 is a specific mutated strain of the flu which experts say could rip through the world this year and cause a pandemic. The seasonal flu itself is deadly. But standard flu vaccines can't stop H1N1, making it all the more scary.
James actually received a flu vaccine earlier this fall, according to Aldridge's story. And of course, like a good American who pays more attention to urban legend than fact, James claims the vaccine gave him the flu. That's a theory about as well-developed as the idea Balloon Boy's family set up the fake escapade for publicity.
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