More troubling is the continuing denialism about vaccines in general, which is causing the present surplus. Despite clear evidence that your chances of dying from a vaccine are infinitesimal next to the chances you may die of flu, millions still refuse the vaccine.
The calculation might be compared to one between violent murder and car accidents. You have a much better chance of dying in the latter than dying from the former, but lots of death penalty advocates still drive without seatbelts, calling it their "right."
The reason for this comes down to one word -- control. With two hands on the wheel we think we have control over our odds of death by car. We don't have that assurance on violent crime, so crime scares us much more.
This is true for the flu as well. The vaccine syringe looks like a loaded gun, a form of Russian roulette we are told our kids must play. At the same time we think that careful living can keep us isolated from flu carriers, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, or that the flu can't be so bad if most victims recover.
The math is against us, but the myth keeps denialism (and the H1N1 strain) very much alive.