It is all the buzz lately, so I thought I should probably jot down a few notes on what has been going on out here.
Like many areas, people with influenza like illness are everywhere and most of these folks probably do have true H1N1 influenza, but I tend to place then in the "like" category since tests done in clinical practice aren't the most helpful, so few are performed. At least a half dozen of these folks are on my schedule everyday and all are masked and asked to sanitize their hands before even having a seat in the waiting area. Fortunately none no one has required admission to the hospital.
Vaccine for H1N1 is in terribly short supply around here in part due to the widespread manufacturing issues and in part due to our county health department. Rumor has it they have been hoarding what little they have received in order to conduct school clinics leaving the CDC designated priority groups of pregnant patients and health care workers without access. Don't even get me started on this.
Fortunately I also practice in another county, so yesterday I crossed the county line and received my H1N1 vaccine without any problems. Given the number of exposures I have undoubtedly had over the past few weeks I'll be quite thankful if I don't come down with the illness prior to the vaccine taking effect.