I'm on an H1N1 vaccination team with the county health department. We're seeing a lack of interest or perhaps lack of understanding of the importance of vaccination both in the schools and in the public health department.
Not all of the children are getting vaccinated and many of the parents who wanted their kids vaccinated didn't complete the forms correctly so we were unable to vaccinate those children.
This week our schools are out. We geared up at the local health departments and were ready for the kids and high risk group of people to come in and get vaccinated. Far fewer than were expected turned out.
It could be that people weren't aware that we had the vaccine in limited supply. We'll see what happens when we complete the school vaccinations and open up the vaccine for the general public at the clinics.
Its been an interesting experience so far for me as a new LPN. I'm gaining an interest in nursing in infectious disease and public health.