Walgreens launched a new campaign today: “Get a shot, give a shot”, encouraging people to get a flu vaccine and share their photos on Facebook and other social media networks. This gave me a clue that they have received the new batch of vaccines approved for this year and I decided to stop by to get the insert.
It has always been awkward of a process to stand in front of the pharmacy window and ask for something that should have been given to me or anyone considering getting a vaccine in the first place, without having to ask for it. But they never do. In fact, most pharmacists attending to customers don’t even know there is a manufacturer’s insert arriving in the box in which vaccine is shipped. Once opened, the box and the insert are thrown away. Yet it is the most important piece of paper that contains clinical studies, ingredients, side effects and other legal information without which the company would not be approved to put this product on the market.
Today I recorded my experience asking about the insert on camera. Here is what I got.
(video coming soon, watch the trailer now)
After the second time going to the back, my pharmacist technician found the box, handed me the insert and told me “this is between you and me, I wasn’t supposed to open the box”.
This is what the insert looks like:
Isn’t it ironic that death is listed as a side effect of the vaccine that is supposed to be “lifesaving”? Can we send this back to the Walgreen’s marketing department and ask them to read their campaign slogan together with the side effects? “Get a shot, give a shot” and “together we can provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country” with death, paralysis, immune system disorders, cardiovascular disorders, blood and lymphatic disorders just to name a few; it’s a big list!