On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed that 11 children died from the swine flu over the past week. This comes as manufacturing delays have resulted in less than 30 million swine flu vaccines being distributed by the end of this month—it was hoped that 40 million would be available. Now, the Post reports that the city is considering a way to make house calls for possible swine flu cases.
With city officials concerned about crowded emergency rooms, the Post says they "are contemplating a new protocol that would transfer callers who report influenza-like symptoms to a special hot line manned by light-duty paramedics and a doctor, said a source with knowledge of the talks. The medics would dispatch either a team of EMTs to evaluate patients in person, or possibly a specialized crew in an ambulette to avoid taking a regular ambulance out of service."
For more information about swine and seasonal flu, check out the government's Flu.gov site. And Rep. Anthony Weiner warned constituents about fake swine flu vaccines on the Internet—"There are some pharmacies online that are completely legitimate. But in many cases, they are simply scams." His staff found five online sites selling fake Tamiflu within 15 minutes of online searches.