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When can I get a flu shot?

October 7, 2009

I don’t understand.

The Saskatoon Health Region has the seasonal flu vaccine in its possession.  They are going to be vaccinating people over age 65 and those in long term care homes, the most at risk from seasonal flu.  That “blitz” will start next week.

Everyone else can get it … later.  Why?  Because they want to focus their efforts on the H1N1 vaccine for everyone else.

Again … why?  Because an unpublished, non-peer reviewed preliminary study found that people who had the seasonal flu vaccine might be at greater risk of getting H1N1 (swine flu).  So, SHR has decided to not immunize most people for the seasonal flu until after the H1N1 vaccination and they want to put all of their resources towards the H1N1 vaccine since it does have a higher mortality rate.  Okay.  Fine.  I understand their reasoning except for basing their decision on a single study.

I do not understand why I can’t make a choice for myself whether or not to get the seasonal flu shot earlier rather than later.  If I am willing to pay $25 for the seasonal flu vaccine, why can’t I have it now?

The H1N1 vaccine isn’t expected to be available until late November or even early December.

Why can’t SHR provide seasonal flu vaccine clinics until the swine flu vaccine is available?  And why do I have to get it through a public health clinic?  If I go to the states, I can go to a clinic held at Wal-Mart and get the shot for $15.  Too bad that I don’t have a trip scheduled in the near future.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. yahstruthseeker permalink
    October 7, 2009 4:33 pm

    *anti-vax insanity deleted*

    Take that stuff to some other blog. Michele

  2. yahstruthseeker permalink
    October 7, 2009 4:34 pm

    *anti-vax insanity deleted*

    Take that stuff to some other blog. Michele

  3. crazybengal permalink*
    October 10, 2009 8:23 am

    Seasonal flu usually hits later in the year – like after Christmas. So it would be okay to wait until after you get the H1N1 in November. Of course here in Arizona, H1N1 is rampant and the vaccine is not available yet – we may all have it before we get vaccinated.

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