Throw out those tired old surgical masks, because the swine flu vaccine has come to cure us all! The first batches arrived in the city today as nasal sprays and are being given to children and medical workers at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. About 560 of the 68,000 doses were administered today, and the injectable version is due to arrive in the city next week.

With the swine flu spreading even before the normal flu season starts in November, the city is eager to meet demand for the vaccination. The city will soon start a massive vaccination program that will offer the vaccine for free to all city school kids. City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley tells NY1, "By the end of October, we expect 1.2 million doses of the H1N1 influenza vaccine to be in New York City, and one million doses every month thereafter."

The swine flu has already caused its fair share of drama. The vaccine is now mandatory for all hospital and health care workers, and now Catholic priests in Brooklyn and Queens are being urged not to serve wine with communion, lest they help in spreading the disease. So how to tell if a fellow churchgoer is infected? Monsignor Kieran Harrington tells the Daily News"We continue to remind people if they have colds, to have an appropriate expression." So there, easy. For more information on where to get the vaccine near you, visit