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It happens every year.
I always wind up with chills, a low grade fever, achiness, and usually some sort of, er, tummy trauma. #ItHappens
It's minor. It only lasts a day. It doesn't interrupt my life too terribly, if at all. Frequent bathroom trips not withstanding. I thankfully digress.
But believe me you, if it wards off the flu for another year; it's SO worth it, yo.
I never used to get the flu shot. I mean, I really don't recall such media buildup and the constant plugging of it by physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, um, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers et al, when I was a kid.
Look, I have never been one to follow along with what everyone's doing just because it's been cleverly advertised, is popular with the cool kids or is considered politically correct. I don't believe the hype. Period.
But I DO believe the Centers for Disease Control's flu statistics relative to this matter in these here parts of the third rock. They state that 80,000 earthlings living in the U.S. succumbed to the flu last winter. It was the highest rate in 40 years. Horrendous.
Oh, and like I need ANOTHER reason to hate winter. Grr....
Look, I know there's no guarantee I won't still get the flu. And, truth be told, I didn't even start getting an annual flu shot until I worked in hospital PR and THEY MADE ME.
But I'm grateful they did because I am acutely aware that this ain't my Grandad's influenza. It's a fact that modern strains of the flu are like, mutating and multiplying and morphing and pretty much scaring the poo poo pee do outta peeps like me--- more and more EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
Hey, I saw "Contagion," dude! #Terrifying And yeah, I get it; this debate has been raging since --- well, since it WAS my Grandad's influenza.
But every sports fan knows the best defense is a good offense. So, stop putting it off. Deal with any minor side effects like a sore arm and what not. And, unless you know for a fact that you cannot tolerate it, suck it up, buttercup. At the very least, it offers SOME protection to you...and the homosapiens you hang with, Capisce?
Get the flu shot. It's good for what (hopefully doesn't!) ail you.
Besides, I KNOW your Mom told you to. I listened to mine! #FluShot #PreventativeCare #Pray #Peace