My husband and I are geezers, but we ignore the warnings to get flu shots every year. The one exception to this thus far was a couple of years ago, when my husband and I drove from Arkansas to Florida to visit our son. I got one. My husband didn’t. We figured we would be exposed to more people on this trip than we usually see in several years.
This year is also an exception for us. When the flu season started this year, we pretty much ignored it. Last week, it got our attention when 18 people died of the flu. This week the mayor of Boston declared a medical emergency and videos showed people being treated in beds in hallways because there weren’t enough hospital beds.
They are saying that this year the strain is especially strong, and that the vaccine they created is exactly right for the strains they are seeing. We decided that it was stupid for us NOT to get as protected as possible and got flu shots today. We asked our son to do the same, since he’s heading back to Shanghai soon, but they were out of vaccine at the place he went today. We’ll call around tomorrow and see if any is available elsewhere.
If you work in a large place, if you have children, if you work with the public, if your health is fragile, if you’re a senior or a young child, you’re especially at risk, the experts say. But this year, even young, healthy adults are getting ill and some are dying.
Please consider the situation and make your decision as to whether the vaccine is right for you this year.