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Flu Shots

Saturday we went in for Flu Shots. I don't really understand why they are such a "thing." An adult flu shot is easy, but getting one for a kid seems to be quite an issue. For pediatric flu shots you have to go to your doctor - at least, that is my experience in Washington. I use a pretty major chain of clinics, so it is usually not an issue, but this year they seemed to be having a problem getting in vaccine. Every time I called, they didn't have any. Of course in this modern age of computers they don't take my name and number or email address to let me know when it comes in. I just have to keep calling back, press one for this, two for this, etc. Great. Eventually they got in the vaccine. Now, how long does it take to get a shot? About two minutes? Well, I had to book our appointment out 2 weeks. The appointed day arrived and we went in for shots. We arrived early as they always request. We waited in the waiting room because they were running behind as they always do. When it was our turn the nurse took us back, looked at the chart, and said "I think that we are out of pediatric shots." Uhhhh, come again? I explained that she must be mistaken because I made an appointment 2 weeks before after calling for 2 months, and then drove down to the clinic so they must still have some, right? The nurse said that she really didn't think so, but she would check. She called down the hall that she found one more, thus avoiding an awkward incident involving the SWAT team because I've barricaded myself in the office until they locate a vaccine.

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