You've seen the headlines by now. We're in the middle of one of our worst flu outbreaks in many years. There apparently are two strains and they are nothing to be trifled with.
How bad is it? Well, we've had several reported deaths in the Metroplex from the flu, including a teenage student athlete who succumbed while on vacation in spite of him being in great health before the virus took over.
Normally I never even think about getting a flu shot. I don't remember ever getting one, until this year.
My workplace made it easy to get the flu vaccine. They brought in a practitioner to administer flu shots and B-12 shots for anyone working in the local Cumulus cluster at Victory Park.
The flu shots were free for those with company insurance or $25 bucks for those without. The B-12 shots, said to give you a nice energy boost, cost $15. I opted for both.
We've already had several people out sick for several days each because of the flu and I don't want to become one of them. For that reason alone I decide to get the shot.
I detest injections, but it really wasn't that bad and hopefully will be worth it. I've been told that being inoculated for a particular influenza strain doesn't protect you from all strains. That being the case, I still like my chances better now that I've gotten the shot.
Both at work and out in public I have been more diligent about carefully washing my hands. And on the job we have disinfecting wipes and sprays to clean those pesky germs from microphones and keyboards and control boards.
Experts say if you get the flu it could keep you down for a while. The worst form has people flat on their backs for the better part of a week. And as I stated earlier, some people have actually died from it.
So, it's up to you to decide whether to get the flu shot. I'd say if it's not a financial problem for you, then go ahead. You have virtually nothing to lose.
And if you do have financial issues there are lots of low-cost and free flu shot clinics being held all over the area.
I'll quote Benjamin Franklin as I close this one out. And I think it's appropriate. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
That's what I'm thinking.