Today I reported to immunization parade for the H1N1 vaccine. (As a side note, I would like to say that the military likes to tack the word 'parade' on to a lot of things that you have to 'report to.' I never quite noticed until a friend of mine pointed it out the other day when asking about wart parade. Yes, there is a wart parade in the military)
So I am one of the lucky few who have received the H1N1 vaccine. If you are from a different country or area, you might not realize that we are currently rationing the vaccine in Nova Scotia. At present, children under five, pregnant women, aboriginals and health care workers are eligible to receive the vaccine in clinics. They is apparently a vaccine shortage.
This evening we brought the kids to get the vaccine, and after watching the other children get theirs, and scream bloody blue murder, I feared for the worst and was pleasantly surprised. Neither of them cried a single tear. In fact, my three-year old opted for pissed and shot the nurse a look that made me think she might haul off and sock her. She didn't, thank God.
The lines were fairly decent this evening. Not at all like the mass hysteria I expected to find. I have heard some real horror stories from friends that have gone to the clinics and they ranged from making comments to pregnant women about jumping the line (deplorable) and a woman causing a scene because she wasn't part of a priority group. She apparently told security she wasn't leaving without the vaccine and they told her she was going to receive an escort to the door if she didn't calm herself down. WTF people?
Personally, I don't get the hysteria. Statistically speaking you are more likely to die in a car accident than you are to acquire and die from H1N1, but are people boycotting their cars. Fuck, no. I am not saying don't get the shot, that's your own choice, but what I am saying is quit freaking out about it!!