In the course of cleaning this afternoon, it crossed my mind that there are many substitutes for flu vaccines -- substitutes that cost less than the billions of dollars that the government wants to pay for subsidizing the development of a vaccine (which may or may not yield any results). These substitutes you probably already own or can access easily.
As I glanced at my can of Lysol, I noticed that not only does it kill mold and mildew, but it also kills the influenza virus. Perhaps if there was an outbreak of avian flu, I might just use Lysol more often.
This, of course, is only one substitute. Staying home, washing your hands, even wearing surgical masks are all ways to prevent infection. But I suppose these methods aren't quite as trendy as vaccines and spending tax dollars. After all, the government has to look like it's "doing something."