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On flu vaccine, we’re urged and hindered

November 23, 2009

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WHILE I applaud pediatrician Claudia Meininger Gold’s assertion that responsible citizens should avail themselves of the H1N1 vaccine (“Citizen, heal thyself: Get the swine flu vaccine,’’ Op-ed, Nov. 16), I remain frustrated by the seeming randomness of the distribution of this vaccine.

Friends of mine whose pediatrician works in Lexington were able to get their kids vaccinated many weeks ago. My children’s doctor, who is based in Acton, didn’t know whether or when he would have shots available. My high-risk family includes one diabetic and two asthmatics, but we have no access to the H1N1 vaccine. All we can do is wash our hands a lot and hope for the best.

Kathleen Chapman
Concord

RE “CITIZEN, heal thyself: Get the swine flu vaccine’’ (Op-ed, Nov. 16): If the government considers the vaccine so important, why is it still using decades-old technology to produce it? We’re eight months into a pandemic, and it seems that all the government can do is tell us to wash our hands!

Steven Lewis
Newton

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