Maybe because I’m a dad, I see things differently than most people. But I truly think our world is upside down. For instance, our HMO didn’t get their first shipment of H1N1 vaccines until the week after our baby was hospitalized for H1N1. If the vaccines came in a couple weeks earlier, our baby wouldn’t have been infected and I wouldn’t be stuck with three medical bills totaling over $18,000.
Now that the H1N1 vaccine is finally available at our HMO, the powers to be changed the high priority list. The list use to include people between 6 months and 24 years old. Now it’s children 6 to 59 months old. Our two oldest kids (ages six and nine) can’t get vaccinated unless they have medical conditions that increase their risk for influenza complications.
The same week I found out about the changes in the priority list, I read in the newspaper that H1N1 vaccines will be shipped to prisons to vaccinate inmates (Prison inmates to get H1N1 vaccine before many school kids). I’m sure I’m not the only dad that thinks this, but shouldn’t these vaccines go to kids first? The ones that have not broken any laws.
Then last week, I found out that the H1N1 vaccinates were shipped to several Wall Street firms (Wall Street Banks Getting Swine Flu Vaccine Before Many High-Risk Groups). Again, shouldn’t the vaccinates go to children first? And didn’t tax payers bail out a bunch of these firms last year? Upside down I tell you.
And then yesterday, I heard professional Santas are lobbying to be put on the H1N1 priority list (For Christmas, Santa Wants a H1N1 Vaccine). What the heck? Adults who dress up in red suits should be given higher priority than children ages six to eighteen? In an upside down world, this makes perfect sense.
I’m not saying prison inmates, Wall Street workers, and Santas don’t deserve to be vaccinated. I think everyone deserves to be vaccinated. However, as a dad, I think our little ones deserve to be vaccinated first. Sadly, this dad lives in an upside down world.
[BTW, if you have a choice between the spray or the shot, go with the shot. Two weeks ago, the Little Monkey got the H1N1 spray because the HMO was out of shots. And for the last two weeks, the Little Monkey has been sneezing and has a runny nose. The spray uses a live virus. Beware.]