I got my flu shot this morning. I was fortunate. My healthcare provider received its batch of flu vaccine from the company who didn't have the tainted supply. There are two vaccine company suppliers. Sanofi-Aventis SA is the supplier that is not contaminated. Chiron is the company with the tainted supply. Both company's were to supply half of the vaccine. Chiron had to shut down it's plant in Liverpool, England after it was discovered that it's flu vaccine was contaminated. I guess everyone has heard by now there is only half a supply of flu vaccine.
On average 36,000 people die a year from the flu. This year may be higher because of the lack of vaccines. What seems crazy to me is the people who have the doctors who have the nontainted supply get shots, while the doctors who received the tainted supplies have no vaccines for their patients. My Father is 76 and cannot get a flu shot. Neither can my mother. It is because their doctor has the wrong supplier. It does not matter that they are in the high risk category several times over. They are also not allowed to come to my doctor and get a flu shot. Those shots are reserved for the patients at my doctor's office. Even for people who are not high risk. It does not seem that the distribution is fair. It makes no sense to me.
I hope my parents can get a flu shot. They have tried everywhere so far to no avail. But there is still time, so I will try not to worry.
So far there have been cases of the flu in California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan, and Utah.
I am glad both John and I got our shots this morning. We are both in high risk categories. I have asthma and he has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So I just can't get the flu.
Well, I must go now. Chels just IMed me and she needs me to come over to her house and help her with something tonight. I hope everyone stays well.