I would like to be one of the first people in the media to bring to your attention there is a sickness, an illness, out there called influenza.
You haven’t heard this anywhere else, right? It has a zillion strains, or “versions,” so unfortunately a vaccine, which is produced WELL before flu season creeps across our country, can be hit or miss.
“Winter of 2012-2013: USA = MISS”
According to the CDC (January 11, 2013), only 62% of those protected by the immunization are “fully” protected by the shot. How do you like them odds? Well, in the past we have seen better, but every year it’s a craps shoot. We can’t now assume immunizing our children is worthless because ONE year some very brilliant scientists missed the ball. All the other years they are pretty accurate in guessing which strains might come our way. But peeps…it’s a GUESS!! Meteorologists…back me up on this one, right?!
I got the flu last week, (not looking for pity…just an example) and now I am able to breathe pretty well after 7 days of a Lance Armstrong regimen of steroids and antibiotics to fight back the case of pneumonia that wanted to spank my bootie and say my name. But I have to say, I didn’t get the flu as bad as I have in the past because I got my flu shot.
Several years ago, I wasn’t protected and got the H1N1 before it was bestowed that elegant name (oink, oink); and let’s just say…I think I spent some time horizontal time in the hospital. This is from a report via my family because I truly don’t remember but fleeting moments of it! Sick puppy. Don’t recommend the H1N1!
It still amazes me there are people who are not immunizing in 2013. This is dangerous thinking and can be deadly for young children and older adults. Don’t think it’s only happening on the east coast. Also, if you are around anyone with a compromised immune system (like cancer…) as a community you need to stay healthy for them as well.
Follow your doctor’s guidelines. Remember it takes 2 weeks for the shot to start working fully, but it will begin working immediately. The flu season lasts until March and this shot is a year’s worth of protection!!!
Also, adequate sleep, super nutrition and hydration are keys to keeping your immune system strong. Concentrate on these during the winter months so a “sick bug” doesn’t catch you with your immune system shorts down.
Be strong and prosper…
And party on, like its 1999, when we didn’t have to Purell our grocery cart handles!
©2013, Stacey Hatton. All rights reserved. This post is for entertainment purposes only and not to replace advice from your medical provider.