Aidan at Beach

Aidan at Beach

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Unsuccessful. . .

We were unsuccessful in getting our vaccination. . .I was disappointed, but not unhappy. Here's what happened:

We got to the Loudoun County Health Department at 8:30 yesterday morning. And the line was on the third side of the building already from the entrance!! Yikes!! The clinic didn't open until 9:00 and there were already hundreds of folks in line!! Most people had young children with them. We parked and got in line as quickly as possible.

While waiting, we found that most folks there were there because of the children. They all had some health condition or another preventing them from getting the nasal vaccination, primarily being given in the schools, or, like us, they were too young to be in school and couldn't get the vaccination anywhere except at the pediatricians office. And so, we all waited together, sharing blankets, toys, games, snacks, hot coffee, and stories about our children while we watched them play.

About 45 minutes into our wait, we found out that there were 100 injectible vaccinations and 500 nasal vaccinations. . .maybe some of the folks in front of us would take the nasal vaccine. . .

About an hour into our wait, a man came around with a form for the person getting the vaccine. . .we were #278. . .yikes!!! And, yet, maybe some would get the nasal vaccination. . .

After more than 2 hours of waiting, we finally reached the point where we could see the door in. . .and then the injectible vaccine, the one we needed, ran out about 5 people in front of us. So, we were turned away without our vaccine. We did get on a list to be emailed in case they get more, though! Also, the folks we were in line with were awesome. Under the circunstances, we were all there together and hanging with our kids. . .what better time spent???

When I dropped Aidan off, I found out that two children had called in sick due to fever and had been diagnosed with the Tpye A flu . . .I think this is H1N1. . .

When I got back to the office, I called and checked and found that Fairfax County didn't have any more injectible vaccines either and then called the pediatrician to see what else I could do.

When they called back they said that we had exhausted all of their info. . .and I was further informed that they would not have the vaccine until mid-November, pretty mid when our current epidemic is over. They said to keep trying. . .and, oh yes, Type A flu is definitely H1N1 Swine flu. . .great. . .if he's going to get it, it probably will be this weekend. . .

I KNEW we were behind the curve on this!!

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