10 days ago…
Hello. This is the health centre. Meg is on the high priority group for getting a swine flu vaccination
We think Meg’s already had swine flu. In fact a swab was taken a couple of weeks ago when she was ill, although we still haven’t been told the results of that.
Well she’s entitled to have the jab as she’s on a high priority list
I think it would be better if we find out whether she had it first.
5 Days ago
Hello. This is the health centre. We can confirm from the results of the swab test - Meg did indeed have swine flu. Would you like to bring her in for a vaccination?
But if she’s already had it, isn’t that a bit pointless?
Well there’s always a minor risk she might get it again…
But surely the antibodies created from already having the flu will be more effective than the jab anyway
Hold on one moment, Dr Scott’s walking past, I’ll ask him… muffled murmurs… Och, you’re probably right. Don’t worry about it then
Hello. This is the health centre. Meg is on our priority list for getting a swine flu vaccination. Would you like to arrange a time to bring her in?
But she’s already had swine flu
Ah, but unless people have had an actual swab and the test has proven it, we’re still advising them to come in for the jab.
But she did have a swab and it was proven.
Oh. I’ll maybe take her off this list then…
It has been widely publicised that health centres are getting paid an extra £5.25 for each swine flu vaccination they give, and that the goverment is keen to be seen as acting concerned.
Of course I would never be so cynical as to suggest there was any connection between that and the phone calls we’ve been getting.