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Fight, don't invite, swine flu risk
Of all the news stories we’ve seen lately, the one about swine flu parties beats all.It seems that some people around the country are holding gatherings in which a person infected with swine flu is present. Believe it or not, the idea is to deliberately catch the flu. The logic is fuzzy, but apparently people think if they get sick in the first mild swine flu outbreak, they won’t get sick in a more severe second or third round.
There are many good, sound medical reasons not to go to one of these parties, the main one being that swine flu is a new virus and no one can predict its effects on individuals. Suffice it to say that it’s safer and saner to get a swine flu vaccination as soon as one comes available to you. Admittedly, that’s a bit of a problem here in Northeast Oregon, indeed all over the state at present. Vaccine is in short supply, so people in what are called “priority groups’’ are being vaccinated first.
That includes, as you may already know, people 6 months to 24 years, pregnant women, people caring for or living with infants, people 25 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions like asthma, immune deficiencies and diabetes, health care workers and frontline emergency and law enforcement workers.