Wednesday, October 19, 2011

That Advice Thing, Again

This post isn't really my typical blog post.  It's a public service announcement.  So, listen up.

If you have a best friend who is a paramedic, very intelligent, highly respected, and who looks out for you like you're his favorite sister, and that guy tells you, "The department's giving free flu shots; you oughta get one", the proper response to that is a resounding, "Okay, I'll run right over there!"

Not, "Meh...I'm not in one of the high-risk groups so I think I'll skip it."

Because if you do not take that good advice to get a flu shot, and then you end up with the flu, and you call your brother-from-another-mother Kenny to whine about how awful you feel, you will not get any sympathy from him.

You will get, "I told you so, Calamity!  I told you so!!"  (Yes, the man calls me Calamity.  And it's stuck, so now other people call me this, too.  Sigh.)

Get a flu shot. Especially if you're in one of the high-risk groups:  the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, health care workers, pregnant women, people with asthma or other respiratory diseases, and at-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months old.  But even if you're not in one of those groups, get a flu shot.  (Unless, of course, you have a severe allergy to eggs, have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or have had a bad reaction to a flu shot in the past.)

Or you could end up like me.  In the words of Catherine Aird, "If you can't be a good example, you'll have to serve as a horrible warning."

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