Sunday, October 10, 2004

The flu-shot police

I can see it now: officers in full riot gear keeping healthy Americans from getting a flu shot. Hmmm...

Walgreens expects Americans to be honest.
"We don't want to be the flu-shot police," said Michael Polzin, spokesman for Illinois-based Walgreens. "But we're letting people know the situation."
Now, here's my question. I know I don't fit the criteria for a shot:
Federal health officials say the shots should be given only to children 6-23 months old, people 65 and older, people with underlying or chronic medical problems, pregnant women, nursing home residents, health care workers who directly care high-risk patients, caregivers of children under age 2, and children who regularly take aspirin.
And then I'm thinking, hey, I'll bet President Bush and Senator Kerry don't fit the bill either... do you think they're skipping shots?

Or will they wait for the nasel vaccine which is solely targeted for healthy people 5-49... oh, wait, they're older than 49... guess they're out'a luck... unless they think they're above the federal guidelines.

Maybe they ought to get in line at Walgreens.

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