Santa America Requests Consideration for Priority H1N1 Vaccination

Santa wants the swine flu vaccine.

Many of the nation’s Santas want to be given priority for the vaccine and not just because of those runny-nosed kids. There’s also the not-so-little matter of that round belly. Research has suggested obesity could be a risk factor.

Swine flu has become such a concern that the Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas featured a seminar on the illness at a recent conference in Philadelphia. The group also urged its members to use hand sanitizer and take vitamins to boost their immune systems.

When making a list - and checking it twice - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should place hog farmers ahead of Santa Claus for priority access to the H1N1 vaccine, the National Pork Producers Council recommended.

“Santa Claus is among our most revered figures,” said Don Butler, president of the pork council in a news release. “But – and I hope I don’t get on his naughty list for this – inoculating pork industry workers to ensure that our pigs remain healthy, we feel, is at least as important – if not more so – as keeping Father Christmas from getting the flu.”