With the turn of the seasons, we’re finally getting colder weather, and so far, it’s been a pleasant change. What’s not so pleasant is that I’m having trouble finding the flu vaccine in our neighborhood. I’ve spent quite some time trying to track this elusive vaccine down but as the news channels have been suggesting over the past few weeks, it’s in extremely short supply. I’ve called grocery store pharmacies (Walgreen’s, Safeway, etc), hospitals, clinics and the pediatrician’s office with no luck, and I continue to do so on a regular basis. Still, no vaccine.
I care about getting this vaccine because:
- I have young kids at home, one being asthmatic.
- I am a hypochondriac.
- I wouldn’t want to contribute to a swine flu pandemic. Especially since it can’t be good for the economy 😉 .
- I have a form of autoimmunity, an unpredictable condition that may or may not lead to complications if I contract an infection. Consequences remain to be seen.
Image from Shot Nurse
Of course, this is all but supply and demand. Now that the media has stirred the population into a semi-anxious state about the flu and its numerous variants, you won’t be finding this vaccine that easily, although you can luck out (as a few friends of mine at different counties have).
It’s frustrating though. Media hype has killed the supply by generating huge demand, at least, at this time. We’ve all been told to hang in there, to be patient. Does it *really* take this long to meet this kind of anticipated demand for something that we’ve known about for a while now? Here’s a snapshot of our vaccine status here in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with this great public rant disguised as a news article, about the inequity of the flu vaccine distribution occurring around the nation:
In the meantime, I’ll stick to these flu prevention tips to try to avoid being unlucky this year.
Now how about we check out some interesting reads in the financial front?
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