I am attempting to write this post through the chills and sweats of a 101.7 degree fever and the massive 48-hours-and-counting headache that came with it. I have the flu. And it is awful. So consider this a public service announcement: Get a goddamn flu shot!
Yes, I know, this year’s vaccine doesn’t fully protect against one of the dominant strains this season. So maybe I would’ve caught the flu regardless. Or maybe not. Fifty percent effective is a helluva lot better than zero percent effective, so yeah, I was a fucking idiot for driving by all those drug stores with the “Get Your Flu Shot Now” signs, yet never stopping in.
Procrastination will likely kill me one day. But for now it has just made me totally fucking miserable. Get a flu shot.
Don Ward spews:
You can wash your dirty hands on a regular – but not excessive – basis and keep them away from your face when you’re out in public.
@1 I am a relatively obsessive hand washer—that may be the reason this was my first serious illness in 15 years. But it didn’t save me this time around.
Roger Rabbit spews:
Got my flu shot weeks ago. You have my sympathy.
People who are routinely vaccinated for flu do better health wise over their lives because they avoid the cytokine storm that occurs from the body’s response to the flu.
Most who get it eventually get over the flu, but the immune response takes a terrible toll on the body.
Get a flu shot. Flu shots are free now (thanks Obama!). There’s no excuse.
Avoid Walgreens.. Wouldn’t take my insurance (Uniform Medical Plan) and wanted to charge $40.00 without it. Maybe not for the flu shot itself but still…
Went to the freaking QFC Pharmacy instead. No problem there.
“Flu shots are free now (thanks Obama!)”
Millions with health care insurance now through the ACA who would otherwise have had no way to afford it? Free flu shots? You know what that means, don’t you?
Worst. President. Evah!
Getting the shot doesn’t guarantee you don’t get the flu, but at least you won’t be kicking yourself if you do get sick.
I paid $15 at Costco for a flu shot. Except that they had me wait about 10 minutes before leading me to the shooting room, it worked out fine.
Mark Adams spews:
Tried some chicken soup? Hope you get well soon.
Godless Heathen spews:
Not getting your flu vaccination is a serious threat to your health because if my little grandchild gets the flu from your sorry ass I’m going to hunt you down and severely fuck you up.