- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Cape fines contractor $1,100 a day for street-project delays; contractor blames utility relocations (5/18/17)13
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Attorney general seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff (5/17/17)3
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
- Revival of Oran police board urged amid timecard fraud, nepotism allegations (5/17/17)4
National snafus with flu vaccine
We are over 65 and have been attempting to get seasonal flu shots. My doctor does not have the vaccine. We encountered a ridiculous situation at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center. Shots supposedly were available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We arrived at 9:30 a.m. and were told by people who were leaving that no more shots were available. We returned home, and I called the health department. I found out that 300 shots were available, all of which were allotted to those queued up before 9:30 a.m. The person who answered the phone said there was no way of telling if and when the health department would receive more vaccine.
I haven't any complaints with the local health authorities, but it seems to me the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sorely lacking. I can understand the problems of the H1N1 vaccine, but it seems ridiculous to have a problem with the distribution of the garden-variety flu vaccine that has been growing in laboratories for months.
If this portends what is to come with a national health plan so eagerly pursued by our president and legislators, our health and well-being are in serious jeopardy. Our government cannot run anything well.
JOHN RUESTER, Cape Girardeau