The CDC's telephone survey indicates that about half of Americans have
gotten or would like to get the H1N1 vaccine. And with 111 million doses now
available, it should be widely available in doctors' offices, public health
departments, drug stores, and even shopping malls.
Swine flu cases have fallen off, with only 11 states reporting widespread
disease activity. Schuchat urged Americans not to become complacent and skip
the vaccine -- particularly those with chronic health conditions who often do
not realize that they fall in a group at high risk for developing complications
from influenza. "The time is now for adults with chronic health conditions to
look for vaccines ... people with lung disease like emphysema, diabetes,
cancer, and heart disease," Schuchat said.
The CDC also confirmed that it has received reports of H1N1 swine flu
in some household pets, saying that the "human-animal interface" is an
important scientific aspect of this influenza virus. But it's so rare, the CDC
says there's no reason for owners of cats and dogs to be concerned.