Trying to catch the vaccine
By J.W. Evans
Rejection seems to be the theme of my week when it comes to locating the swine flu vaccine, and it’s turning me into a stressed-out, neurotic mother.
Clinics are disorganized, the guidelines differ, and no matter where we go, we get turned away because of closed clinics, lack of supply or total chaos and disorganization. I have a 3-year-old, and we have been turned away from four clinics. Even our pediatrician rejected us because of the overwhelming demand.
One clinic gave me a phone number to call to check on vaccine availability, but it sent me in the wrong direction (last time I checked, Lockheed Martin was not giving out H1N1 vaccine).
Meanwhile, we continue to read about children dying from the flu and how we are encouraged to get vaccinated. Well, what else do I need to do? To think of what I’ve gone through — without success — for just the first dose of two; what will it take to get the second one?
This entire process is a real mess, and, as usual, no one wants to take responsibility or ownership to fix what is horribly broken.
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