I can’t prove it, of course. And, in fact, it may not even happen. But I swear to you that I won’t be surprised if the recent reports of H1N1 vaccine being available is reported as reducing the number of cases of H1N1.
Back in late November, experts were calling the H1N1 peak:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The pandemic of swine flu may be hitting a peak in the Northern Hemisphere, global health officials said on Friday, but they cautioned it was far from over.
Not sure that a lot of people caught that. And for those that did, they may have responded like I did:
Big “effin” deal. My family already got it.
But, when you combine the news that the outbreak has peaked with this bit of good news:
Raleigh, N.C. — About 200 people showed up Tuesday morning at the Wake County Public Health Center in Raleigh to get the H1N1 flu vaccine.
Tuesday was the first day the county opened the vaccine up to anyone over 6 months old.
Traffic was slow and steady at the Sunnybrook Road location, as well as three other health department sites in Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest and Zebulon.
Ray Martin, 71, said he was in and out of the Raleigh site in 15 minutes – a stark contrast to earlier this year, in which hundreds lined up and were turned away due to a limited supply of the vaccine.
Now look, I for one am very pleased to see that those folks who need a shot are getting one. But really. Providing a shot to people older than 6 months of age fully 2 weeks AFTER the peak is not really A-Okay in my book. Especially considering that the vaccine takes nearly 2 weeks to fully “bake-in”.
Sadly, I am afraid that this is what we have to look forward to in the Government sponsored health care. See, in the world of government, a vaccine is an expense that needs to be minimized. In the private world, the vaccine is a product that needs to be available, marketed and sold.