Don't Be Flued

Those new influenza remedies have great TV commercials, but they won't cure what ails you

Wayne Knight brings out the hypochondriac in me. You know Knight. He played the obnoxious mailman on Seinfeld, and is Sally's often clueless lover on Third Rock from the Sun. Lately he's been personifying influenza in those commercials for the antiviral drug Relenza. When I see him barging into a hapless woman's home, ready to take up residence, I could swear I'm developing a sore throat. Then when he plops down between the woman and her husband, I start getting that achy feeling in my joints and back. I especially love his sneering crack about soup: "Yeah, that'll do the trick."...

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