Well, everyone, it seems that the panic over swine flu is finally subsiding, now that the vaccine has been released. The nasal spray is here, too, and is already being distributed in schools across the nation. This is good news if you’re the parent of a little human being, or of any other creature that is susceptible to catching and potentially spreading the H1N1 virus.
Health care workers are on the priority list to receive vaccinations, as are pregnant women and those who work with young children.
Many of the firefighters I work with are eager to get their injections. Why they are looking forward to being poked by a needle is beyond me. But, what do I know? I’m a dog. During down times at the station, we’ve been discussing where to go in order to get the vaccine. I’ve done a little research. And the following places are offering free or low-cost Swine Flu shots:
- Grocery stores that have pharmacies (such as Ralph’s and Vons)
- Drug stores that have pharmacies (such as CVS and Walgreens)
- General Practitioners
- Public Health Clinics
- Some local government locations, including city council chambers and parks and recreation centers
- Certain airports (Yeah, weird. I know.)
If you’re putting off the injection because you are worried about your life turning into a bad SciFi movie, where man and beast turn into flesh-eating zombies after receiving a botched vaccine, don’t be. Experts insist that, although the testing process was faster than usual, it was quite thorough. Children around the nation who have received the nasal spray or vaccination have suffered no ill affects. And, in the coming weeks, more and more people stake preventative measures, as they become increasingly available.
Hopefully the past few weeks have taught you a bit about H1N1, and will inspire you to either get vaccinated, or to at least be especially careful during flu season. For more, detailed information about the Swine Flu, check out the special Swine Flu Series at RJWestmore, Inc. Following these precautions will help you to BE SAFE!