Can't a person who is in the "at risk" category get one from their doctor without standing in line for hours at the local Safeway or Costco?
Very few, if any, private physicians can get any vaccine. Many had it on order, but the orders are canceled by the distributors. Now some are scrambling to get "FluMist" (for 5-49 year old healthy patients), but with no success yet that I've heard about.
posted on 10/17/2004 10:26:50 AM PDT
posted on 10/17/2004 10:33:01 AM PDT
I want to know what happened to the other half of the vaccine? Since my 13 year old son is in a very high risk group we were able to get him one, thank God, but it wasn't easy. Because he is so immuno-suppressed my wife, daughter and I normally get the shots to lessen the chance of even bringing the flu in the house (plus, I have asthma). This year we can't get them.
I literally know dozens of people that normally get the shots, but everyone of them I have talked to can't even find a place that has vaccine available. The local clinics don't have it, the hospitals we have called said they didn't, and my son's specialists don't have, nor had any vaccine. Several elderly folks are telling me they have the same results when they have searched for it. If they find a doctor that had/has the vaccine they tell you that they got far less than half of what they ordered. Many people have told me they aren't pursuing it this year, so where is the other half of the vaccine.
This shortage is a disgrace. Two sources for vaccine for the US and one is off shore? I think it is time to send Tommy Thompson out to get a job he can handle.
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