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A good kind of sting

Despite hearing stories of long lines and hours of wait, we decided that our daughter’s health and well-being was worth the effort of trying to procure for her the H1N1 vaccine. We were out of the house within minutes of confirming that yes, our provider finally received a shipment at our local clinic.

When we arrived, the line was out the door, but the check-in station was just around the corner. There was a security officer there, presumably to keep the peace should anyone choose to get rowdy, but he was very nice and even gave Chloe a sticker. It goes to show how very protective of Chloe I was being, because I did not want her touching that sticker, or anything else (even though the clinic was also offering free hot chocolate). I even chose to carry her in the Beco. I did not want to risk her getting sick from anything or anybody there.

The wait was surprisingly short, maybe 25 minutes before Chloe was screened as a priority candidate. After signing a short form the nurse asked if David and if we were also wanting to be vaccinated. We answered yes. And so all three of us got the H1N1 vaccine (whew!).

FYI: Often there is a choice between the spray and the shot. Pediatric doses are only given as shots. If you have asthma, you cannot choose the spray version. And even though David has a different insurance provider, he was still able to get a dose, because these were paid for by the government.

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