October 08, 2004
Flu vaccine shortage

This has caused no small amount of heartburn at the Kuffner house, since infants are vulnerable to the flu but those younger than six months old cannot be vaccinated themselves, so Olivia has to wait until December 6. Tiffany has found a nearby Walgreen's that's giving people the shots, and she'll be going there today (I'll be doing it next week).

Both the companies we work for have drastically scaled back their vaccination programs because of the shortage, and county health services are scrambling. I just hope this turns out to be not such a bad year for the flu virus, but I'm not too optimistic.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 08, 2004 to Elsewhere in Houston | TrackBack


Good luck with getting a innoculation. Supplies are unbelievably tight and panic has set in with the elderly crowd. My wife is a pharmacist and they normally offer flu shots at the pharmacy, but the company that does the shots hasn't enough to even bother settting up shop. This is going to get real ugly, real quick.

Posted by: Lee on October 8, 2004 12:01 PM

My wife is a pediatrician, and her clinic had to call a bunch of folks today cancelling appointments for flu shots. She told me it's been a rough morning for the front desk staff; one irate parent of a healthy middle-schooler (NOT in the risk group) literally yelled, "Do you want my child to DIE?!?"

Posted by: CrispyShot on October 8, 2004 1:41 PM