Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
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||Fleeing the Flu....
Fleeing the Flu
you as tired of hearing about flu shots as I am? All right
already, enough is enough. For some reason, everyone seems to be
in a panic about getting flu shots. We have flu every year, but
this year the nuts are going into overdrive about it.
"The most important way to keep from getting flu is to wash
your hands after being in public places and before you
eat," say the health experts. So, why are we being beaten
over the head with helpful hints about staying healthy? It is no
different than it's ever been. Habits are hard to change. People
are pretty much going to do what they always do, flu or no flu.
Yeah, I know, this year's panic is because of swine flu, or H1N1
if you want to be politically correct. Because of swine flu,
suddenly everyone has become aware of how dangerous seasonal flu
can be too. Maybe it took being hit over the head with an H1N1
baseball bat to wake people up to the flu risks.
Funny, I don't remember it ever being called seasonal flu until
this year. Suddenly pain old regular flu has gone fancy. They
don't want us to get the two mixed up and get the ridiculous
idea that regular flu shots will protect us from that nasty old
Hello, operator ... the message isn't getting through. Because
of H1N1, everyone rushed out to get seasonal flu shots this
year, people who never, ever had a flu shot before. Clinics are
running out of the vaccine in spite of the many official
statements saying the seasonal flu shot does not protect anyone
from H1N1. We need to get two flu shots, not one.
Unfortunately, there is not enough H1N1 vaccine to meet the
demand. People are rushing around and standing in line to get
shots. Due to the lack of availability, the government has set
priorities on who can have it and who can't -- basically,
pregnant women and children first. Kind of scary when the
government starts saying who can be protected from an epidemic,
People who are old can wait as they supposedly have some
immunity due to a previous exposure to a similar strain a long
time ago. However, old people are wondering if all this stuff
about having immunity is true or whether they are they simply
more dispensable than the rest of the population.
I presume there will eventually be sufficient vaccine for all
who want it to get it. I got my seasonal flu shot as usual this
year, except I had the inconvenience of having to go to the
neighborhood drugstore when my employer's supply ran out early
due to the rush.
Some people, however, have decided that the shot is more
dangerous than the flu. And they think the live vaccine in a
nose spray is even more dangerous than the regular H1N1 shot.
Lucky for them, if the rest of us get the shot, we are not
spreading germs around to infect the protesters who don't.
Personally, I'm a believer in getting vaccinated. If everyone
decided they didn't need to be immunized, we would still have
horrific preventable diseases like polio -- diseases long ago
abolished thanks to wide-spread vaccination programs.
So, all you folks that don't want the H1N1 vaccine get out of my
way. I'm not in one of the priority groups, but when it is
available for me, I'm darn sure going to get it. Call me
brainwashed, a cow following the herd, a lemming, but I still
think shots are a good thing. I'll take my chances with the
vaccine. Maybe, just maybe, there will be enough people that
think like me to get this virus under control.
Now excuse me while I go wash my hands again.
Copyright 2009 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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