Notes from the front lines of the battle against H1N1.
So, I've spent part of yesterday and most of today at the University of Kansas Hospital covering the first H1N1 flu shots being administered.
Earlier this week the hospital got 1,100 H1N1 doses from the local county health department. 500 are AstraZeneca's FluMist and 500 are in multi-dose vials (10 each) of Sanofi-Aventis' injectable vaccine. They also got another 100 individual doses in syringes that don't contain thimerosal.
That's the preservative and decontaminant that some people are afraid of. Those shots are specifically earmarked for expectant mothers.
There's been a line for the vaccines nearly the whole time the "Shot Stop" has been open.
For now, at the direction of the health department, the hospital's H1N1 task force is offering the vaccine only to staffers in the ER, pediatrics and obstetrics and to pregnant employees and patients. For people who work on the front lines here the H1N1 vaccine is mandatory, for others it's "encouraged."