Huzzah! I have traveled on the Influenza Express and am standing on the corner of Still Alive and Feeling Better. Sadly, not everyone who has caught the flu this season can say the same. In my state of Indiana, the number of flu-related deaths rose to 27 as of Wednesday. In this age of modern marvels, it’s easy to forget that people still die from the influenza virus. Elderly people, children, and people with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk for the flu, and it is among these groups that most flu-related deaths occur. It is disheartening, then, to see medical workers refusing to get vaccinated. There is even a new vaccine that is coming out for people like me who are allergic to eggs, or for the vegan who refuses the vaccine due to it being cultured in eggs. And, for the trypanophobes out there, there is even a nasal spray.
Now, I don’t feel very strongly about whether the average person chooses to vaccinate or not. Even if I wanted to, the new vaccine isn’t available yet, and since I don’t have death on my short list of things to do, I can’t. I do, however, feel very strongly about medical workers who refuse to vaccinate. If you work with sick people all day, you should probably make sure you can’t infect them with something that can kill them. You know, that whole compromised immunity thing. If you work in a day care, you should probably vaccinate. If you work in a nursing home, you should probably vaccinate. The number of deaths I listed earlier is just for my state, and isn’t even updated for today.
So, now that I’ve gotten the didactic portion of the post out of the way, let’s move to the “how to feel human again” part. Alka-Seltzer Plus Severe Cold and Flu. Thanks to my pharmacist, I have started taking this horribly wonderful product and, for the first time in almost a week, I don’t feel like curling up in a hole somewhere and dying. It does not taste good. It may, in fact, make you feel like pulling a Linda Blair all over the room you took it in. If you can keep it down, though, it will help. It took the second dose before I started to really feel better. Stay healthy, folks, and if you can’t, stay home.