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Thursday, October 22, 2009

We've Got the Swine Flu Vaccine!

Thanks to the dogged and determined efforts of our staff, we've just got our first shipment of H1N1 vaccine in our Ann Arbor and Chelsea offices.  The first batch is small, but we are in line for more as it becomes available.  Call when you can, and we'll set up an appointment.
As we're all painfully aware, the swine flu arrived in Michigan before the vaccine did.  Schools across the state—from Flint to Grand Rapids—have closed this week; and we're seeing more and more patients with flu symptoms.
It's a good idea to get the vaccine if you haven't already gotten sick with the swine flu. Roughly two-thirds of the US population is predicted to get infected this year with the H1N1 virus.  The vaccine provides protection as early as two weeks after administration.  It's also important to get the seasonal flu vaccine.  Children are at risk for both forms of the flu this year.  Adults are usually hardest hit with the seasonal flu but are also at risk for the H1N1 flu; and so far, over half of all hospitalized swine flu sufferers have been under the age of 25.  Swine flu will be with us all winter, and into the spring.  It's important to get children vaccinated as soon as we can.