A government influenza
I recently received the 2009 Annual Report of my county's general health district. Splashed on the front page is the headline, "H1N1 Flu Campaign Breaks Local Records." Wow. I didn't realize the flu had such an impact in central Ohio. Or did it?
Turns out the records were not cases of the flu -- there were only 29 of those throughout the year. No, the records set were these (from the front page of the annual report):
The biggest immunization campaign (18,000+ doses of flu vaccine administered, and still counting) The biggest single immunization clinic (2,404 persons served at Olentangy Liberty High School) The biggest data entry project (every dose of the vaccine is being tracked in case of adverse reactions) The biggest mobilization of volunteers (at least 71)
All for 29 cases. In a county of over 160,000 residents.
H1N1 certainly had an impact -- it allowed the specter of big government to further haunt the soul of a once proud, independent region.