Thursday, November 5, 2009

Red Alert, red alert! It's NOT a catastrophe!

Ain't nuthin' goin' on but history, yeah
it's all right, don't panic...

If only the Basement Jaxx's tune could have been piped through the airways today..

Warning: Some of you might not like what I am about to post. Sorry to offend you if you are one of those in question.
I rarely express opinions in this blog trying to keep it to whimsy and tips but H1N1 is on everyone's mind so...

Wake up at 5am. Get a number at 6am. Stand like cattle with cranky children about. Get pricked. Leave by 9:30.


Why would you subject yourself to that? Why would you subject your children to that?

Yes, H1N1 is real. But if you have been safe thus far chances are you're not going to get it today, tomorrow or even the day after. So why not let the panic settle? And when society is back in an orderly state then take your spot in line?

It seems like even by waiting until this afternoon wait times seemed to be reasonable and crowds civilized.

So with more than a month on the calendar until the vaccines open up to the general public, why are so many of you in a mad rush to get you6 6 month - 5 year olds vaccinated within the first hour of availability?

Now, all this is not to say that I don't care about the health and safety of Hannah. In fact, now that I know that things have settled down I plan on taking her to the Cavendish Mall tomorrow afternoon (prime time pre-shabbat). In my opinion, standing amongst hoards of people today was probably a bigger health threat than having your kids out in the fresh air with the possibility of actually contracting the virus.

There's my vent. End scene.

I wish you and your kiddies all nothing but health and and hope that the only Hs in our vocabulary this winter are pure happiness.


  1. Totally agree with you. The hysteria was un-called for.

    I suggest you go to Alexis Nihon though, I went there and know a bunch of other people who also did and there was NO line up at all by early afternoon. And it was really well organized.

    From what I hear, Cavendish mall was a total zoo.

    Good Luck

  2. I totally agree. Unfortunately, my daughter, A., is suffering from some pretty bad teething rounds and a sandpaper rash full out, so H1N1 won't even be in our vocabulary until the week's over ... EJL