The Pharmacy Chick

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Choosy Beggar!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 5:40 pm on Saturday, January 12, 2013

I appears that lots of people have taken my advice and have received their flu shots.  I had no idea I had so many local readers! haha.  Over the last 4 days my store alone have given 200+ shots, and I gave 61 of them myself on thursday alone.  It was one of those days where I had 13 hours on my feet with no break, no lunch, no rest, no potty.  And when you consider I had to run the pharmacy and check all the rxs…well you can guess it was a loooooong day…and I gave flu shots all night in my sleep…

More of the people getting their shots THIS time of year are cash payers: those who didn’t feel it was worth getting a shot unless they thought they felt a real risk I guess.  for the most part, those who came calling for flu shots would have taken a shot delivered with a old rusty needle and given by the deli clerk if it meant they were immunized.  The calls start as soon as the phones open for the day and pretty much continue til we are closed.  ” do you have flu shots??”  Yes, we do, come in between the hours of X and X and you can receive a shot..allow up to 3o minutes”.

Until the middle of this week we had Hi Dose, ID, Nasal and regular.  Now I got “nuttin honey”. We are out. nada…nothing but an empty tray.

So this lady calls on Thursday.  She wants to know if we had flu shots, and we answered with an affirmative, and gave her the usual spiel.  She wanted to know if we had preservative free, which we did not.  That went out of stock some time ago, and we had only received about 20 doses anyway since the request for it is pretty low. You would think ( or HOPE) that the answer NO would be enough.  But NOOOO, we had to argue.   ” WHY NOT?”. ” CAN YOU GET SOME?”  ” I HAVE TO HAVE IT”.

Unbelievable. I was only able to hear the tech’s side of this conversation but it didnt’ take a genius to figure it out…especially when I got the hilarious blow by blow by  tech extraordinare afterwards.

Ever patient, my new tech just kept repeating ” we have what we have, if you want a flu shot, you better come soon, they are going fast.”

Her response to end the call?   ” well, not if you are going to poison me!”

And a happy day to you too.



Comment by pat

January 13, 2013 @ 7:55 am

that risk/benefit analysis can be tricky…

Comment by IAPharmer

January 13, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

Was she not eligible for the Intradermal? That is preservative free!

Comment by Crazy RxMan

January 14, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

I guess some would take pity with the panic in the voices of the patients desperate to get a flu shot, but I only have disdain.

We had plenty of flu shots in September, October, November, and December. Why didn’t you get one then?

Comment by CPhT

January 15, 2013 @ 4:54 am

Hey, at least your state allows vaccination of children (or so I’m assuming since you had nasal shots). Mine doesn’t, and we’ve been getting screamed at daily that we can only do ages 18+.we cannot do kids under a certain age. so no snot nose screaming brats for me thank you!

Comment by bcmigal

January 16, 2013 @ 11:38 am

I have given but a few intradermals (costs more) and all of the pts have complained about redness and itching. Sorry, but I am not at all sympathetic to those folks who did not get their shots in Oct or Nov. And, no, you are not immune immediately just because you are getting on a plane today! We give flu shots (when we have them in stock!) any day, any time. But, we cannot process you in five minutes and staring at us with an impatient glare does not help!

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