I saw this report that Flu Shots are on the rise. With a little unscientific reporting, I can verify this as true.
Two weeks ago, a heavy piece of equipment slammed on one of my fingers. The day it happened, it smarted like crazy, but showed very little sign of issue. Over the next 24 hours, though, it blew up to a black and blue nub, but no skin was broken. So I set aside any worry that it was infected.
But apparently that wasn’t the case. It ended up being very infected. I ended up going to a CVS Minute Clinic, and the practitioner there drew a line around the infection and she said, “If it moves outside of this line, you must go to the ER immediately.”
The Minute Clinic is strategically located inside our local Target, right next to the pharmacy. While I waited to see the nurse, I watched the pharmacist inject at least five different people with the flu vaccine. While I saw the nurse, I asked for a flu vaccine. And then when I was waiting for my antibiotic to be filled, I saw another four people get their flu shot.
I have NEVER seen so many people line up to get pricked, but with the impending surge of this winter, anything we can all do to avoid getting sick is a priority.
I know people who are still in denial that this pandemic is a threat. We shared news of infection to a friend yesterday. We told her that there’s a surge and to be careful. And her diplomatic response was, “That’s what they say! We’ll be careful.”
Meanwhile I’ve had close friends who are getting hit pretty hard by this pandemic. It’s almost as if there are a whole huge population that is holding up their collective middle fingers until they finally hear of someone close to them who gets it and dies.
Until the Bible and Rust belts really see and experience that pain, I fear that America as a whole isn’t going to get any respite from the pandemic.
Hey, but whatever. Life is important. The deity of choice is in control and we’re all his or her children.