Quote from RuRnurse?
Something that bothers me about the vaccination thing is this...In cases where such is limited for some reason, the focus is on getting it to the elderly, the ill, etc. But this flu strain seems to be more of a problem for the younger, the healthier. (Just like the 1918 strain)
Will vaccination efforts waste precious time if this proves to be true? Will we expend our efforts on the wrong groups while the virus spreads among the ones who aren't being given priority?
The CDC is recommending that pregnant women have the 2 vaccinations first, due to the tragic circumstances resulting when they become ill with H1N1, and then those with preexisting conditions, and after them, the HCWs and those between 6 and 64 years of age........ Clinics in supermarkets, "big box" stores, and pharmacies make vaccinations widely available. Since this vaccine isn't made in eggs, production is much faster, and those allergic to eggs can have it.
H1N1 is far from the one in the circumstances found with the 1918 epidemic, as there weren't antibiotics or antivirals, such as Tamiflu back then! The vaccine, and the above meds make this round entirely different, as there will still be some who don't want it, for various unlikely reasons, or just because they hate getting "shots". Using EMLA patches (by prescription) an hour before the injection, on the site most likely to be used (upper, distal arm) will help, with those people and children. It won't be entirely without mortality, as there will still be those in denial about their or their children's s/s.
There was no vaccine production in 1918 against their bug, and it remains to be seen, if mutations occur, how fast a vaccine can be prepared against it. That's what good reporting due to good documentation of the rate of illness is for........
So those of you nurses here (RNs and LPNs can give the shots in locations without pharmacists giving them, others can assist with crowd control, registration, etc.), if you want work, call some of the HH agencies involved. Maxim was doing it for years.......