Lots of people are weighing in nowadays on the swine flu concern, and rightly so. How ironic, yet timely, that about four weeks ago, and completely by coincidence, KHNL and K5 began airing a three-part, federally-funded, prime time series on a flu pandemic, its inevitability in this state, with a focus on who would and would not receive the limited vaccinations available.
Again, the airing of these specials was not prophetic or planned as a precursor to the current worldwide concerns about a new strain of flu that won't necessarily respond to existing drugs. And what about mutations of this new version of the flu bug? Will the authorities and drug manufacturers be able to provide supplies large enough to inoculate the higher-than-normal numbers we can expect to see line up for shots this fall?