Last week my partner started haranguing me about getting vaccinated against this season’s influenza. “We should have done it in September.”
Needles don’t bother me, nor the minor sting. And I’ve never suffered ill effects. I just always wondered if they were a moneymaking scheme for corporate US medicine. Then I learned that the shots are free this year at a certain big ‘discount’ department store. Suffice to say it’s the one affiliated with the big ‘box’ store, Sam’s Club.
So my partner goes and raves to me over the phone about this new bandage that the needle goes through. Apparently the new technology lessens the sting.
“But I have to wait around for fifteen or twenty minutes. Hey, do we own ‘Ferris Buehler’s Day Off?”
“Of course we do. But why the wait?”
It turns out the needle wielding pharmacist says after the fact that they want vaccine recipients to report back after several minutes to report how he or she is feeling. Besides being rude (what if the person has somewhere to be in five minutes?), that is pure garbage.
The store simply wants consumers spending money on crap they don’t need. I am sure of this because nurse practitioners in past flu seasons always ushered me out the doctor’s office before the needle was cool. Besides, you can’t tell me symptoms crop up that quickly.
Oh, I did get the free vaccination. Then I waltzed out the door. I had things to do, blog posts and fiction to write!
What do you think? Am I just being paranoid?