The anxiously awaited first doses of the swine flu vaccine have arrived. Health care professionals will be the first to get the vaccine.
Every year, faithful as can be, I get a flu shot. I'm one of those people who, if I come down with the flu, I get so sick that I can barely move, let alone work or do anything around the house. And it just seems to hang on forever.
The coughing, the sneezing, the chills, and the high temperature and worst of all, that terrible chest congestion. And I can't take anything for it because of my high blood pressure and other medical problems. I take other prescription drugs so if I took cold medication, my head would probably explode or something.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to try Hunter S. Thompson's remedy of some scotch mixed with NyQuil or even a shot of Jack Daniels and some hot chicken soup, but I dare not risk it.
So I just sit there all achy and delusional with fever, coughing and wheezing until it finally goes away. So every year, as soon as it comes available, I get the flu shot. This year I already have the regular one, and now I'm fortunate to get the swine flu one also. I'm glad that the have it worked done to just one shot instead of two.
Sometimes I have a pretty severe reaction to the shot, sore arm and flu-like symptoms for several;days after. I'm surprised that more people don' get the flu-like symptoms because they are caused by your body kicking in and making antibodies to the virus and not the virus itself.
So I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the swine flu shot this year. They say that they are finally getting it out, but it will probably not do much good because it takes several weeks for the vaccine to become effective, and the epidemic has already started to spread.
I just hope they have enough to go around this year. I remember several years ago, a lot of the places that started giving out the shot early ran out. When I finally was able to get the shot, there were only a couple of places left in the city that had any left.
One of the places was the Shop and Save near my house. When I arrived there the line was very long. It was a freezing cold day and the line stretched from inside of the store to the far end of the parking lot. I had only brought a small jacket, so I called my friend and she borrowed a heavier jacket and brought it down to me. After standing in line for almost four hours, I finally got stuck.
According to CNN, Dr. Jay Butler said vaccine makers will ship 10 million to 20 million doses per week over the next couple of months.
Butler, who heads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Task Force, has promised there will be enough for anyone who wants it.
But my question is not only will there be enough, but will it arrive in time to do any good?