Wednesday, December 16, 2009

H1N1 Vaccinations



The Marion County Health Department set up a vaccination center for the H1N1 virus in Ocala's Forest High School cafeteria. The center was staffed by volunteer nurses and other folks and the vaccine was free. We took advantage of this fine program along with many hundreds of other people!

This was a delightful expression of a community caring for one another. Perhaps it could also be seen as representative of the meaning of this holiday season.

34 comments:

brattcat said...

Okay. That's good. No swine flu for you. We still don't have enough up here to go around.

Jacob said...

@ Brattcat - I wonder why that is?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I need to get one of those. Yikes! Nice series.

sixmats said...

There is only enough in Japan to go to the elderly and very young.

Lee Spangler said...

I appreciate that they are relatively inexpensive and now available. Looks like the picture is a "shot" and shows a "shot" of goodwill.

Don and Krise said...

Wonderful. Our great nephew had it, but thanks to his Mom working in a Doctor's office and being quick to act he's doing great now.

Olivier said...

Voila un sujet international, on voit ces salles un peu partout dans le monde. J'espere qu'il y a moins de longue foules qu'en France

Vogon Poet said...

Two unusual images, a nice collective portrait.

Bergson said...

Do the flags indicate if the nurse is free?

magiceye said...

that indeed is a wonderful thought!

cieldequimper said...

They are vaccinating like possessed here. I don't have time to go.

Cezar and Léia said...

I think it's really important!
Léia

Antjas said...

Nothing like the plague to bring the community together.

nopham said...

Nice community! We can get it at Walgreen's, but we will wait a little longer....heard about all the recalls.

Bibi said...

I was vaccinated against a flu, whichever one it was at the time, twice in my life and got sicker than a dog. I've just been sicker than a dog with no shot, so I think I won't get this one! But I support the program!

B SQUARED said...

A great idea! Let's hope the number of new cases continues to decline.

Halcyon said...

You won't see me in one of those clinics, but at least it was free!!

In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Inspiring - but a little scary. Over the river and thru the woods, no flu for me, I'm wearing a gas mask on the airplane as to grandmother's house we go.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Jarart said...

Still not enough to go around here. Did the people wonder why you were taking pictures?
It is great that your community did this. The world would be so much better if we cared more about each other.

Memphis MOJO said...

All your photos are very nice, Jacob, but I particularly like these because of what you're showing.

Daryl said...

What a terrific set up ...

Per Stromsjo said...

Well captured. Volunteers play such a pivotal role.

Jacob said...

@ Jarat - I don't know why, but the supply seemed plentiful here. It's interesting, but a lot of times people seem oblivious to my taking photos...sometimes, I'll get an angry stare, but most of the time people try to ignore me.

Jacob said...

@ Bibi - That's too bad. You must have some kind of allergy to whatever's in them. We have gotten the regular flu shot for years with no problem, and other a slightly sore arm (where they punctured us) for a day, we had no problem with the H1N1 shot, either.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Good set up. I must say Ontario did a fairly good job offering H1N1 vaccinations to everyone in our province that wanted it.

Dan J. said...

It is a very nice program indeed. My mom is a retired RN who also volunteers for programs such as this. I always admire those in the health care business. I know it is something I do not have the moxy for.

Jacob said...

@ Bergson - You know, I'm not sure. They had people with red flare type things who would direct you to different lines, tables, etc.

Frank said...

I know we probably are not in the exact same age but I keep reading that us somewhat older folks were not in the target for vaccinations...now that seems to be changing. babies, pregnant moms are still a priority but maybe the supply has increased. No one here is offering it like your county that I'm aware of.

That is terrific and certainly in the Christmas spirit! Good to know you two are protected...I had never imagined you full of swine anything. I promise.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Nice Setup !! This is Great what they are planning for.

Gunn White said...

I like the idea, also that it is free. I think it is important, but I have heard about several people that have been so sick after they had taken the vaccination..... I guess I can/will take it in the beginning of next year. We only pay 50 kroner, but I have heard about crazy payments in some european countries... Some buy and sell it on the black marked!!

Anyway, I hope all went well with you.
Nice documentary shots.

Jim K said...

I think I have been poked enough this winter. No more, LOL. The girl that came to our work for our regular flu shot kept asking everyone if we had seen her flask...

Steffe said...

My mother is in a risk group, so she got her shot a month or so ago. I'm hoping to get by without one.

Gordon said...

Australia has sufficient stocks, but to my knowledge no free clinics have been set up yet in Adelaide.

Hilda said...

Oh hey, that's great! I don't even know if we have any here.

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