Swine Flu has yet another name.
Swine Flu wasn’t good enough; and apparently H1N1 makes the International Union of English Letters and Numbers nervous. An article in the New England Journal of Medicine recently gave it the name S-OIV, short for Swine Origin Influenza Virus. Gee… you wonder if we waste time trying to figure out what to call this thing, it might sneak up and make a bunch of people sick?
The Centers for Disease Control has issued its recommendations for those who should get the vaccine first, and those of us with a Chronic Illness are on the list. As soon as it becomes available, it would pay to get in line – the priority groups total about half of the US population. Mexico is already predicting a shortage of vaccines, at least at first.
H1N1 continues to spread, almost at will – the Costa Rican President has a case of it, along with three politicians from Ecuador. Fans at a Brazilian soccer match were recently forced to wear facemasks to attend a game, which brings to mind this photograph from our past.
There is some good news – the seasonal flu vaccine is going to be ready early. Since the Swine Flu and the “usual” flu strain that is going around are different, we’re going to have to be inoculated for both the regular flu and H1N1. Oh, boy, something else to look forward to. I’m not a big fan of needles – whenever I have a blood test and the tech asks my name and birthday, I always want to ask “Do you think I’d be letting you poke me if I didn’t have to?!?!” But someone, somewhere probably enjoys it just a little bit too much, so I never ask. They may tell me a few things that I’d rather not know!