Out In the Truck. Where Do You Want Them?

Shingles sounds like a bitch of a disease.

Also known as herpes zoster, it is a “blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.

You are likely to get it (and one in three are at risk) if you had chickenpox at a young age. The virus has remained dormant in your body all these years, and now, at age 50 or 60, it goes bonkers in your body. It puts debilitating, beet-red rashes all over your body and has all kinds of other fun symptoms.

There’s a vaccine. And the Centers for Disease Control says that at a certain age, you oughtta get said vaccine so you can avoid all of that mess (clinical trials showed Zostavax effective to 55 percent).

But good luck getting it.

Merck says it won’t be able to fill many orders until April, says USA Today today. Merck says it has to “prioritize” who gets the vaccine and that it must make chickenpox vaccine (both are made of the same gunk) available to children first.

Now. Repeat after me:

“The United States has the best health care system in the world. Canadians always have to wait, but that never happens in the United States. A free market system is a much more effective way to manage care than any other model, many of which would just lead to rationing and, at worst, ‘death panels.’ The free market is the only truly moral system and the only acceptable way to distribute care in any free society.”


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