There is not enough vaccine. Priority must be given to children and pregnant women. Save the antivirals for the pregnant women and give them at the first sign of symptoms. Add antibiotics, because the pneumonia can be caused by a bacterial co-infection.
With production of vaccines slowed by an insistence on using the same egg-based methods as with seasonal flu, and with an exploding demand causing shortages, people are starting to panic so it's important to remain upbeat.
But the fact is that similarities between this bug and the 1918 pandemic are growing. The attack on young, healthy people, the co-morbidity of pneumonia, often caused by bacteria, all are familiar to historians of that infection.
It's not the same bug, but as my dad said it's close enough for government work.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com