My wife and I are both immune to H1N1. Here’s how we did it.
- I received the H1N1 vaccine
- She got sick with H1N1 disease
Both of these methods are effective. Which method would you prefer? As a physician, I recommend the H1N1 vaccination strategy, but the choice is yours. The public health authorities and the pharmaceutical companies have performed incredibly well in understanding the H1N1 virus, and translating scientific knowledge into a safe and effective H1N1 vaccine. And, they did it in time.
Of course, the government had some missteps. This is to be expected when you are aiming at a moving target. If the Feds didn’t respond with sufficient resources and attention, and the H1N1 pandemic caused a plague across America, then the country would not forgive them, particularly with the memory of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, just a few years ago. The error of overreacting to a perceived crisis is much easier to forgive, as money is wasted instead of lives.
How did the press do with H1N1? Did they accurately report H1N1 facts or did they contribute to the national hysteria? We’d like to know your opinion. Exercise your right to vote in the following poll. And, feel free to leave a comment.