- ABC News -
DENVER -- It now looks like Colorado’s first batch of H1N1 vaccine won’t arrive until Thursday.
That’s when an estimated 54,000 doses of FluMist will be doled out to county health departments.
Those departments, in turn, will deliver the mist to hospitals and clinics which have applied for the vaccine.
But several metro area hospitals said they won’t be taking the FluMist because they don’t want to endanger patients.
When asked if that meant that FluMist was dangerous, Lois VanFleet, infection prevention specialist at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette said, "No, it's a very safe vaccine in healthy people."
But, she said it’s made with a live virus, and that doctors and nurses who inhaled the live virus could shed some of it on patients whose immune systems are compromised.
For some reason she only mentions doctors and nurses, but of course anyone who inhales this virus will spread it to others. When the swine flu turns from a joke into a crisis, you'll know why.