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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 10/30/2009

Trying to catch the vaccine

By editors

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.

By editors  | October 30, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
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Seems as if the "swine flu vaccine is going to be elusive until Govt pays the price that drug makers want. such is the greed of this nation. Anything for a dollar more.
Bob Sr

Posted by: bobmoseley1 | October 31, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

There ARE reasons for the delay that are understandable. I have learned this from TV, newspapers and the web so I'm sure others can too.

First, the N1N1 is slower growing in the eggs than previous strains. No body's "fault".

Second, there were losses in production and some even froze in an air shipment. These would be preventable if they were foreseeable.

Third, clinics ordered what they thought they needed. Some shipped with back-orders, some shipped (as in ND,) more than they needed.

As for the writer, I think I hear panic in her voice. The last thing you need in a time of crisis is to lose your head. :)

The vaccine is coming and honest people are doing the best they can. Think of that when you are tempted to snap at a clinic worker or other public figure.

Posted by: rowens1 | October 31, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, the government can totally handle national healthcare. This whole stupefyingly incompetent H1N1 thing is just a hiccup. In fact someday, while standing in a 6 hour line to see a dentist "trained" in a third world country, you'll dream of that magical time when you only had to visit 4 separate clinics before getting your drugs.

Posted by: zippyspeed | November 3, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

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