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Alan Johnson doesn't have swine flu licked just yet

Health Secretary Alan Johnson was left bamboozled yesterday when one of his fellow Labour MPs suggested a new way for the Government to tackle the swine flu outbreak.

By Ian Quinn

Health Secretary Alan Johnson was left bamboozled yesterday when one of his fellow Labour MPs suggested a new way for the Government to tackle the swine flu outbreak.

According to Nia Griffith, the Welsh MP for Llanelli and PPS to Harriet Harman no less, it's all in a very back of the envelope type solution.

‘In talking to people about how we can prevent the spread of infection, I have been surprised to find out how few people know that a sneeze can be prevented by licking the roof of the mouth,' she told a debate in the Commons on the crisis.

‘Putting the tongue firmly against the top of the mouth can stop a sneeze coming out or at least stave it off long enough to get a handkerchief out. Will my right hon. Friend consider including that idea in advice to people about how to prevent the spread of infection?'

Mr Johnson, putting his tongue firmly in his cheek, professed to never having heard of the cure before but said that having been tipped off by the MP before the debate about her theory, he and Minister of State Dawn Primarolo had ‘road tested' the cure only to find ‘ it does not work'

Oh well, back to the vaccine theory then chaps.

Alan Johnson: could beating swine flu be a lick away? Alan Johnson: could beating swine flu be a lick away?

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