There are times when I despair. Today is one of them. The nations flu-jab stock is running low! If you have been in business you will understand that if you only sell 70 tonnes of onions you only buy in 70 -75 tonnes. Any more and it is wasted. The flu vaccine,available to vunerable groups has over the years,only had a 70% takeup, [even though it is FREE]. This year the selfish hypocondriacs out there have increased demand and some of the vunerable have not yet had the vaccine. If the free jab was an antidote against avian flu, I could, maybe, understand this mindless stampede. Reminds me of visit to see my Mother many years ago. She asked me to get a bag of salt from Sainsburys in Wilmslow, because the local shop had none. Well, they had none either. A flustered junior manager told me that earlier in the week,a radio dj had announced there was a strike in the russian salt mines. Hence the panic buying! This was Wilmslow,Cheshire – where all this countries salt is extracted!
Then of course at this time of year is the "Delia" factor. Buyers at sainsburys,tesco and asda watch her programme to know what to stock! Remember the great Balsamic Vinegar shortage of the late 90’s?
The flu virus will adapt to survive – it is, I recognise,only a matter of time before the avian strain arrives and as one who will be suseptible to it, I worry. But not this year.