I am going to take a break from the regular blog to get on a soap box today:
Go get your flu shot!
(Unless you have an important health reason that you cannot).
I’ve watched the fear over ebola over the last weeks and I know that it is scaring a lot of people, but the reality is that the flu is vastly more deadly and risky to people, especially in America, than ebola will be. I feel a lot of people doubt the flu shots effectiveness since it is the CDC’s best guess at the strains for the year, however, the flu shot stands to save many lives. And even if you DO get the flu it is likely to be a milder version.
E1 has asthma and the flu could be very dangerous for him and others like him. Infants under 6 months of age cannot get the flu shot so are also at risk. The elderly is another crucial group. When you get a flu shot not only do you protect yourself but you protect others since you are less likely to pass it on to another person. I know people who say “I never get the flu” but I find that thinking troublesome. I have never gotten the measles, but I sure to have a vaccine to help others stay safe as well.
And remember, the flu is a very specific strain of virus – not every stomach bug, cold, aches, or fever is the flu. I had the real flu once in Seminary and I missed 10 days of classes. It was horrible. I have gotten the shot every year since and I have not gotten it since.
Even if you are willing to take the risk that you are healthy enough to weather the flu if you get it, please think about the more vulnerable and get a flu shot anyway.
Please and Thank you.
*steps down from soap box*
Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.