By any measure A/H1N1 is a benign flu virus. According to official statements, New Zealand, for example, usually has 400 deaths from flu each year. This year there were 17, so it could be argued that the pandemic has resulted in 383 lives being saved, which makes it more effective than any flu vaccine.
It is always good politics to scare people. Create a danger from which you protect them. It’s such an old and common ploy it’s curious how well it still works. Maybe the gullibility is hard-wired.