Good News

This according to Bloomberg:

Demand for seasonal-flu vaccinations has soared because of public awareness of the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, Cohn said. Walgreen administered twice as many doses in September as in the entire 2008 flu season, he said. CVS’s clinics have vaccinated a “significantly higher number of people” than last year, said Michael DeAngelis, a spokesman.

Now go get yours. And remember to get your swine flu shot when it becomes available within the next week or so. It’s not just for you. This year, it’s for the safety of pregnant mothers and children.

Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh about this. Call. Your. Doctor.

Oh, and put on your grocery list to get some hand sanitizer to carry with you through the day, and use it regularly.

Okay, my sermon here endeth. Sorry for being a nag, but if we all remind one another to take this flu season seriously, and not blow it off, and get our vaccines, and wash our hands through the day, it may be knocked down before it really has a chance of causing widespread and large-scale misery and death (which is what it is capable of this winter).

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Good News

  1. Jared Burton says:

    I don’t listen to Rush, but I am not getting a flu shot. I never get any flu shot and I can’t remember the last time I got sick with any flu.

    Changing my lifestyle by eating healthy food, exercising regularly to clean out the lymphatic system, and keeping my anxiety levels at a minimum around the holidays keeps my immune system strong.

    Eating bags full of refined sugar the week up to and after Halloween will compromise any immune system.

    Drinking alcohol and over-eating during the holiday season will compromise any immune system.

    Insane consumer behavior while allowing family stress to overwhelm the mental state will compromise any immune system.

    Getting a flu shot while an immune system is comprised is a sure-fire way to get the flu. It’s more money for the pharmaceuticals and a great way for the American mainstream unhealthy lifestyle to continue.

  2. santitafarella says:


    Get your flu shot. You are right to emphasize prevention and health, but also have consideration for the children that you might infect should you come down with swine flu. This is a very stressful time for parents, and the shot will not hurt you. It’s designed to help you. And you wouldn’t deny the offer of a tetanus shot if you were exposed to tetanus, right? In this case, your righteous Buddha stance (which I usually admire) is leading you to exercise poor judgment, and a decision not in accord with Buddha compassion for the welfare of your community as a whole. “No man is an island. Each is a part of the main.”


    • Jared says:

      Thank you for your compassionate response. I’m didn’t employ much of a Buddhist philosophy, but I can see the connection. If I get the flu, I’ll be sure and keep my distance from young children.

      You and your children are in my thoughts until this season’s viruses pass.

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