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October 22nd, 2009
04:26 PM ET

A H1N1 flu to-do (and don't do) list

CDC believes that up to 12 million fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine than expected will be available by month's end.

CDC believes that up to 12 million fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine than expected will be available by month's end.

Theresa Tamkins

Swine flu vaccines are rolling out this month - finally. Health-care workers in Indiana and Tennessee were the first to get the nose-spray version, while New Yorkers clamoring for the H1N1 vaccine finally had their chance too.

However, the onslaught of information about H1N1 - be it playground rumors, employer signs telling you to cover your cough, memos from your kids' school, or scary-sounding news reports - is making it pretty hard to figure out what you should be doing right now.

Although some people have already been vaccinated, it could be weeks - depending on your age and risk factors - before you even get a chance at the shot (or spray). So now what?

Sometimes it feels like you have two choices. A: Wring your hands endlessly about something over which you have no control. Or, B: Tune out the static and pretend this is all just a horrible dream. (Call it the ignore-the-whole-sorry-mess-until-my-neighbor-is-sick approach.)

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Ratna, New York,NY

    I think the nose spray stands a lesser chance to cause permanent neurological damage as supposed to the intra-venous injection.

    October 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  2. alex lyrics

    Do make sure your children get this vacine, and also the elderly and pregnant women first.

    October 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |