By Robert McCoppin | Daily Herald Staff

More than 1,000 people showed up to the Round Lake Area Park District Sports Center to try for scarce H1N1 vaccine administered by the Lake County Health Department.

The H1N1 pandemic should have come with an announcement: this is a test of the public health emergency system.

If this had been a virulent virus, there’s a decent chance you might have been dead before you got the vaccine.

The H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, turned out to be mild in most cases. But some experts say we dodged a bullet.

An estimated 50 million people got the flu – one out of six Americans. If the virus had been as deadly as first feared, the lack of vaccine would have created a national uproar.

The fact remains that an estimated 10,000 people in this country – including 79 in Illinois – died in part from flu complications because they did not get a vaccine.

And while health officials say supplies will increase rapidly in the next few weeks, it’s still hard to get.


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