Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Get a flu shot

This morning I manned up and got a flu shot (yeah, it's manly) courtesy of the fine ladies at the Count of La Crosse Public Health department. Quick and painless. And I know that everyone has plenty of reasons why not to get a flu shot, and if you are one of those people, read this.

Here's a bit of the article, from Sue Thoms of the Grand Rapids Press.

For every reason you have to avoid getting a flu vaccine — you never get sick, you don’t like needles, you’re willing to take your chances — Zachary Yaksich has just one response: His daughter Alana.
The beautiful 5 1/2-year-old girl died of influenza in 2003. She woke up on a Saturday morning with a low-grade fever. The next day she lay dying in a hospital after the virus attacked her brain.
Her father is joining state health officials in urging Michigan residents to get flu vaccines — to protect themselves and to prevent the spread of the influenza virus.
”It’s irresponsible for parents not to get their child vaccinated or themselves vaccinated because they’re jeopardizing other people in the community,” said Yaksich, of West Bloomfield.

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