Wow. I am almost disappointed that I'm perfectly fine. No skin reactions. No
soreness. No muscle aches. No drama.
And no flu, although a single dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine probably
offers no protection. NIH Director Tony Fauci says that my experience is
typical -- those of us who got the swine flu shot haven't had any unusual
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Earlier this week, I went to a two-day swine-flu symposium for journalists
featuring all of CDC's top researchers (and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,
too). They say they expect the first 45 million doses of the swine flu vaccine
to arrive in about six weeks, on or about Oct. 15.
I sure hope they're wrong about one thing. If it really is going to take two
doses of vaccine to ward off swine flu, it won't be until Thanksgiving -- or,
for many of us, until Christmas -- that protection kicks in.
My next set of shots comes next week. That means I'll have a 75% chance of
having had at least two swine flu shots by then. It's supposed to take two to
four weeks after the second shot to be protected -- so I'm still washing my
hands every chance I get and carrying a handkerchief in case I cough or
Why? Looking out my window from WebMD's Atlanta offices, I can see the
Georgia Tech campus. They've already got about 100 suspected flu cases