In case you hadn't put two and two together, all these articles are about my company. And not just my company, but, the Liverpool facility I'm based in! They say any publicity is good publicity, but I'm not sure this qualifies. On the other hand, when random people (like that woman sitting next to me on the plane - you know who you are. Look, when my book is open and my headphones are on, that's a pretty clear sign that I don't want to talk to you. Don't take it personally, I don't want to talk to anyone else, either. The stewardess gets it - why don't you?) asks me what I do for a living, I can pretty much get away with just "you hear about the flu vaccine thing? Yeah, I work for that company."
The really special moment in all of this is when my beloved company started making up words to describe the situation.
I can only state two things - a) I can honestly state I'm far enough removed from the flu vaccines manufacturing process that I'm clearly not to blame (which didn't keep friends and family from asking if it was my fault their kid wasn't going to get the flu shot this year) and b) - no, wait. That's all I've got. It's not my fault. So cover your mouth when you cough, and wash your hands more. You'll get your shot next year.