This is the time of year in the northern hemisphere when you’ll find yourselves with many opportunities to get a flu shot. Practically every drug store, doctor’s office, or community center offers one.
Now, I know people often have strong opinions about whether to get a flu shot or not. This HealthDay story appeared in my in-box today and I just went through the short piece.
This part of it jumped off the page at me:
People with diabetes are more likely to be hospitalized for flu-related complications, such as pneumonia. They are also more likely to die from the flu.
Yikes! I didn’t know that last bit but I know the flu kills a lot of people, including gluco-normals, every year.
I’m leaving on a three-week vacation to the tropics next week and I’m happy I got my flu shot last month. I’ll be sharing air with 200 of my favorite fellow humans, trapped in an aluminum cylinder miles above the ocean for over five hours. Some, I’m sure, will be coughing and sharing their viruses. I don’t want to spend the first week of my vacation burdened with the flu!
I think an annual flu shot is a good health practice, but I’ve heard disagreement. Will you or won’t you?