Friday, 7 January 2011

I don't know what is going on with the Flu panic

It's Flumageddon right now. To read the papers or listen to the news you get the impression that these are the end times and the plague ridden population of the UK (well, England and Wales at least) are all at death's door and filling the streets with bloated corpses.
 It turns out here have been 50 deaths from flu, not great but out of a population of some 60 million not overly significant especially when you consider that it just being winter means 30,000 more recorded deaths than in summer.
 Into this mix comes a stomping many many nutters, possibly world class nutters are one the few things Britain continues to produce, I suspect we have a factory somewhere (probably Yorkshire). Said nutters include parents of children who want them to have a flu jab but since they are not in an 'at risk' group, i.e. not asthma or other underlying health condition the NHS won't just hand over a jab. Also, because they want their screaming offspring immunised the local pharamcy can't do it because they don't have pediatric qualification.
 Next we have GPs screaming murder that although they apparently ordered plenty flu jabs they have now run out, not their fault of course and as a quick fix the Supermarket pharmacies should pony up their supplies to bail them out.
 And finally we have those at the top of the pile of useless, the Department for Health and the Health Minister launching in to a knee jerk spaspanic and frantically scouring Europe for spare flu vaccine before deciding there is none to be found and releasing the spare 12 million swine flu jabs bought last year, which will make people who want it only 30% immunised to this years flu strains.
 And after all that it turns out that 200 miles to the north the Scottish Government is sitting on an emergency stockpile which it ordered like it always does to compliment the supplies ordered by Scottish GPs and despite the Department for Health frantically scouring continental Europe for flu supplies they have had no request for access to spare supplies.
Of course the whole non problem could be solved by just letting the pharmacy immunise anyone who wants it, but then people might think why the blithery fcuk am I paying for Doctors and a Department of Health when all this can be done by paying £10 to a guy in a shop.

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