Oct
27

What’s a parent to do about swine flu (vaccine that is)

Posted in Mom Stuff
by Melissa Linebrink

These days, in my personal opinion, the H1N1 vaccine is more valuable than gold or silver.

In fact, I am referring to the H1N1 vaccine as “liquid gold” when having conversations between myself and other parents.

Conversations usually start like this, “Did you see they are having a H1N1 vaccine clinic in (fill in the blank town)?”

“Yes, I am going to go with my kids.”

Here is the conversation AFTER visiting the flu shot clinic:

“Did you get the H1N1 vaccine today?”
“No, the line was too long.”

Or, “They were out.”

What’s funny is two weeks ago, I was teeter-tottering back and forth between getting it for my children or not. Then, when my husband and I made the decision to get our children the H1N1 vaccine, it seems as though the ultimate decision was already made for us.

Luckily, I did manage to get the half a dose for the twins. Unfortunately, I was stupid and didn’t pull Ethan out of school to get it.

Then, today I did pull him out of school to take him to see his pediatrician for a sinus infection. She then asked me if he was up-to-date on his immunizations. I told her yes, except for the H1N1 – and for once, she had no comment. She knew the answer.

I cannot find it anywhere.

The Cleveland Clinic satellite offices are not carrying it, or they run out the minute a supply arrives. The local health departments are getting it in small increments, and even then, it’s gone in a blink of the eye.

Here is my question to the CDC or whoever wishes to answer this hypothetical question:

DID NO ONE REALIZE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD QUALIFY FOR THE H1N1 VACCINE IN THE TIER ONE GROUP?

Seriously, a world-renown clinic does not have the vaccine to give to those in the first tier group? What has the CDC been doing for the past six months leading up to the month of October? Twiddling their thumbs around and around? Was no one anticipating the entire population would want this vaccine?

I wonder if it had a fee associated with it, if the entire population would be lining up for two, three or four hours to receive it.

As it stands now, I would pay next to anything to have my 6-year-old asthmatic child be given a dose of the vaccine.

But maybe that is the problem … I am willing to pay for it while so many others are standing in line getting it for free. Nothing in life is free, so why should this be any different?  

 

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