Call today, and you’ll receive…. your flu shot!
I thought I would pass what I learned today along to you: I called the local office of my state health department (the Department of Health and Environmental Control, spelled DHEC and pronounced “dee-heck”) and asked about the status of the H1N1 vaccine. I was told that the FluMist would be available next week, (they thought) and the injections two weeks after that.
Good, I said; I am in one of the priority groups but my doctor says that I should only get it as an injection.
If that is so you should call this number, the operator told me. That’s our district office. Tell them that you are in a priority group and make an appointment to get the shot. You can tell them that you want to get the shot here rather than travel all the way to the district, too.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is going to allocate shots to the individual states based on population. This is not rationing, but rather an attempt to equalize distribution – a way to make sure that there aren’t 45,000 extra doses available on the West Coast but you can’t find one the vaccine in Florida. And if a state knows that there is a pressing need locally, they can ask CDC to increase their allotment.
So if you know you need to have the H1N1 vaccine, call your state health department. Let them know that you want the shot, and try to set up a time and place to get it… you can always change the details later. But doing so will help make sure that the vaccine is available.