Monday, December 28, 2009

Government Causes Flu Shot Shortage

Did you try to get a flu shot this year? How about the H1N1 (swine) flu shot? If you succeeded, you must have made the priority list, and you probably spent quite a bit of time waiting. I went to get my children and I flu shots. We all made the priority list. They ran out of seasonal flu shots. I found one place that had some left, but they would only give it to people over 4 years of age. Because of the shortage and all of the rules associated with receiving the flu shots, I spent 8 trips getting 3 people 2 shots each. All involved a wait time. Some involved a trip to get a ticket and a second trip to get the shot. And now on to getting a second dose of the H1N1 flu shot for my children.....

The shortage of flu shots is the direct fault of the government. They decided to only allow thimerosol free vaccines this year because someone once speculated that thimerosol causes autism. This speculation has since been debunked many times over, but the government decided to not allow thimerosol. The problem with this decision is that thimerosol allows flu vaccines to be packaged in bundles instead of in single doses. So the vaccinations this year could only be shipped in single doses. This took much more room and caused the shortage. After the government caused the shortage, to deal with the shortage they created a priority list of who could receive the small supply of vaccinations. This is called rationing. And this short supply caused the waiting and the lines requisite to receiving a vaccine even if you made the priority list. My mom gets a flu shot every year. Well, not this year. The government decided she could not have one. And she was even willing to pay for it.

Excited about the new health care reform? Think rationing won't happen? It already does. Take the shortage and waiting and rationing for this year's flu shots and extend that to all of your health care. This is our future with Obamacare. This is what happens when the government is in control of anything.

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