Time running out for Olympians to get vaccine
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.”