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Running For a Flu Shot
Published on January 13, 2013 by Sara Foss

In my column at the DG, I write about how I finally decided to get a flu shot.

Here's an excerpt:

"My flu shot record is sporadic.

Sometimes I get one, and sometimes I don’t.

This lackadaisical attitude can probably be explained by the fact that I’ve never had the flu. And the fact that when I’m not sick I find it difficult to imagine being sick. The flu has been picking off colleagues left and right, but I rarely get sick, which gives me a feeling of invincibility. My thinking goes something like this: 'I don’t need a flu shot, because I feel great!'

I didn’t always think his way.

When I was a kid, I got sick frequently, coming down with colds and more serious ailments, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, every winter. Unhealthiness was the norm rather than the exception, and unless I was very, very ill, I went off to school and about my business as if nothing was wrong. Who knows how many kids I infected?

But that was a long time ago, and on days like today, when I’m healthy and functional, I find it difficult to remember what it’s like to be really sick. I can remember that I was sick, but not how it felt. In fact, sometimes when I’m feeling tired and in need of a change of pace, I find myself wishing I would come down with something. Not something super serious (like the flu).

However, the ominous news reports about this year’s flu outbreak have officially freaked me out.

Clearly, this was not the year to skip getting a flu shot.
When The Gazette made flu shots available last fall, I should have gotten one. Or I should have thought to make an appointment at my clinic and gotten one there. But I did neither of these things. And now I want a flu shot."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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