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What grade would you give the Douglas County health department for its H1N1 vaccination effort?

Response Percent Votes
A.
 
50% 325
B.
 
20% 133
C.
 
11% 72
F.
 
10% 69
D.
 
6% 40
Total 639

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jrlii 4 years, 2 months ago

I went to the first clinic after they expanded the eligibility beyond pregnant women and young children (I'm a diabetic.) The lines were very long, but they moved at a reasonable pace, so I'd give 'em a 'B." They could have used another dozen or so needle-wielding personnel.

I was surprised that both my flu shots this year were from vaccine drawn out of a bottle, rather than in preloaded syringes, which would have saved the better part of a minute per patient.

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bendover61 4 years, 2 months ago

Why did the government contract and pay for the vaccine? I hesitate to say this for fear of sounding like a nut, but this is not in my copy of the constitution.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 2 months ago

what's with all the grading lately? oh the president wants a grade so now everybody needs to feel graded. that arrogant SOB should have declined to grade himself, then the rest of this grading would have ceased.

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George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

funkdog1 (Anonymous) says…

I am glad I live in a nuanced world. Making vaccine available to the commercial market does not have to mean eliminating priorities nor giving it out of turn to the rich. Some people have insurance that covers it. The key is that my doctor knows my medical condition and the desirability of my taking it.

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George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

funkdog1 (Anonymous) says…

Not true until well into the game!

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Starlight 4 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad your child got their shot, too. I didn't mind at all waiting till they had adequate supplies for everyone. I'm also glad it was freely dispensed and not sold only to the highest bidder.

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funkdog1 4 years, 2 months ago

I was unaware, you see, because I did not fall into any of the vulnerability groups. I was glad, though, that my child was able to receive his shot.

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funkdog1 4 years, 2 months ago

Yes, I was completely unaware that they were denying the 4th group.

So I see. We needed a private market option so that those with the most money could get their shots first rather than the most vulnerable.

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Starlight 4 years, 2 months ago

Boston_Corbett (Anonymous) says… The government didn't make the vaccine. They contracted to have it made. They purchased it. From commercial firms. As in a free market. OK, and after purchasing it we're back to square one.

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Boston_Corbett 4 years, 2 months ago

The government didn't make the vaccine. They contracted to have it made. They purchased it. From commercial firms. As in a free market.

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Starlight 4 years, 2 months ago

Uh, yeah, those are the facts funkdog. The facts remain the free market was delayed in receiving the vaccine in deference to the PHD. I certainly didn't imagine being turned away as they were giving preference to the first three groups only at the time. Were you unaware of that?

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funkdog1 4 years, 2 months ago

Um, they delayed that option because the flu culture didn't grow as fast as they thought it would so there was a shortage of vaccine. Now that the supplies are adequate, the shots are being made available to everyone and private doctors have supplies.

I can't imagine how you were turned down if you were legitimately in the fourth vulnerability group and there were shots left over. That doesn't even make sense.

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Starlight 4 years, 2 months ago

As George said, they delayed that option funkdog1. I was turned down at an early clinic even though I'm in the fourth vulnerability group and that clinic ended up with 500 units left over. Once they opened up my group I got the vaccine at a very efficient clinic event. There was a fairly large crowd there when I went in a room for the shot and everyone was gone when I came out! I gave them a B because I was denied the first time when the vaccine was available. I hope this gives me a little immunity against the avian/swine combo flu when it shows up to thin the herd.

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funkdog1 4 years, 2 months ago

There is a free market solution. Your private doctor can give you the H1N1 vaccine.

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senegal66025 4 years, 2 months ago

They were great. Got the shot in the first clinic. They had the thing organized and it took me about 1 hour from start to finish. Good job Health Department.

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George Lippencott 4 years, 2 months ago

A prefer some semblance of a free market solution as my doctor know my needs. Our PHS delayed that option well into the period of vulnerability.

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