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Shortage of the Swine Flu Vaccination

Have You Had Luck Getting a Swine Flu Shot?

I don't have to read about the shortage of swine flu vaccine, I'm living it. Everywhere I go to get vaccinated it's the same — there are not enough shots to go around. Supplies are extremely limited, and a recent poll conducted by Harvard University School of Public Health says that 70 percent of adults and 66 percent of children who tried to get vaccinated couldn’t.

On Friday the National Center For Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said that the high demand is outweighing the supply, but that more doses would be available in the coming weeks. I've heard this every week and no matter where I go, I leave without getting a shot. I'm starting to get frustrated but I want to protect myself.

Have any of you had better luck than I have?

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Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
I don't get vaccinations. Never had them as a baby and I'm healthy as a horse. I was in Mexico when the outbreak occurred and I was totally fine- I didn't wear one of those useless masks either. I never get the regular flu shot, and I never get the flu.
viridianribbon viridianribbon 7 years
I got mine because my university was having a free clinic, since I'm a university student and my brother has a compromised immune system (muscular dystrophy). I had to get the nasal spray because they were out of shots. But at least I got one, and the timing was right :)
biarose biarose 7 years
I was booked in to get one but I was feeling sick on the day so couldn't get it 'cause my immune system would've been compromised.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
America should take Australia's doses. We're just throwing them out because no one here wants to get vaccinated. Then again, Swine flu isn't as prevalent here. I'm not getting the jab until the serum from Vaxine (a small South Australian) company gets released, it's safer (no mercury and it's not made in eggs) and had a longer trial period.
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
no and i won't even try
JLew1982 JLew1982 7 years
I am in the high-risk group with a chronic lung condition and I can't even find the regular flu shot! It's ridiculous.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
I'm from Canada, and also a teacher, but still can't get one! Anonymous - there are four hour line ups at the clinics in Toronto to try to get one, so the Canadian medical system hasn't exactly served its people either.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My two pups! The older one, Benny (the big black dog) was laying and I went to take a picture and as I was trying to get it, my puppy, Maia, decided she was going to squeeze her head next to him. She's so cute - always has to be apart of everything no matter how uncomfortable for her!
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
yogaforlife - your icon pic is adorable! Are those yours?
supercoolnat supercoolnat 7 years
I'm not considered high risk, so I wouldn't be able to get one anyway. My husband works in a hospital, and it was a bit disappointing how long it took him to get one, but they eventually did get a shipment and administered it to the hospital workers about a week ago.
allthingsgrow allthingsgrow 7 years
all my friends got ones within 2 days from our university. i'm still deciding if i'm going to get it, while im still recovering from being sick.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
not even going to try. i'm not in a high risk category and thankfully don't deal with children any time during my days. i'd rather the vaccine/shot go to people that need it.
mek123 mek123 7 years
When the supply meets demand I will get the swine flu shot, I am in a higher risk group. I did get the seasonal vaccination a couple of weeks ago and even that took hunting down.
sushiflower76 sushiflower76 7 years
I already had H1N1 before the vaccine was released. So it's pointless for me to get it. But I wouldn't of gotten it anyways. I figure there are people out there who need it more than me and they should get it first.
kia kia 7 years
Congrats Lissy and LOL! I was married less than two years ago and my husband and I made sure to get the flu shot since we were getting married abroad and in the middle of flu season (January). If we weren't getting married we would have passed on getting it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Congrats Lissy on the upcoming wedding! I'm not getting it. My family doctor advised me not to get it because I wasn't in the high risk group and with so few available, only people in that category should be getting the shot.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I can't even get a regular flu shot. Normally I wouldn't give a crap, but I'm getting married in less than two months and the last thing I need is the flu.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I haven't tried to get one yet, but I think I'm supposed to be getting it because I work in healthcare in a hospital and they want to minimize the chance that the inpatients will get sick.
kia kia 7 years
I am newly pregnant and finally had the opportunity to get the shot last week but passed on the vaccine. In my county 16,000 shots were made available with 140 going to the womens' clinic I am a patient of.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I haven't even tried, since I'm not in any of the high risk categories and they're very open here about the shortage. If I had kids, I would be more worried about it.
SarahPW SarahPW 7 years
it took forever, but i did fall into the high-risk category: pregnant and i work with young children.
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