Time run­ning out for Olympians to get vac­cine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Canada -

CAL­GARY — Olympic sil­ver medal­list Jeff Pain wedged a swine flu vac­ci­na­tion into his hec­tic life Fri­day out of con­cern for his wife and sons.

The skele­ton slider from Cal­gary wants to avoid con­tract­ing H1N1 in th­ese fi­nal weeks be­fore the 2010 Olympics, but more im­por­tant was the health of his fam­ily while he’s away for al­most two months of train­ing and in­ter­na­tional races.

Sons Thomas, 6, and Kyle, 8, have asthma, which puts them in a high-risk cat­e­gory for con­tract­ing swine flu.

If Canada’s Olympic ath­letes want the H1N1 vac­cine, they’ll stand in line for hours with ev­ery­body else, even though the Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer says they are a high-risk group and should be at the front of the queue for swine flu vac­cine.

“I know of a very small num­ber of ath­letes who have got­ten it,” Bob McCormack said Fri­day from Toronto. “Peo­ple ba­si­cally have to put aside half a day.”

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