Sickness.. It comes in waves and when left to the media comes in pandemics. They find the news and stretch it into something more grandiose than it needs to be. We are focusing on Ebola and the Enterovirus 68 right now, but when have we mentioned that flu season has arrived and the need to vaccinate is now stronger than ever.
I remember how awful it was last year to watch otherwise healthy young men and woman become hospitalized with the flu. I remember sending pregnant woman who were going to die to a larger hospital in hopes that maybe, just maybe we could save her for her new-born babies sake, and for the sake of her husband.
I remember doing chest compressions on a young, healthy and quite buff 40-year-old male as he died from respiratory complications due to the flu. We have had one case of Ebola in the united states and here we are dealing with the invisible pandemic. it may turn into one, but let’s be real. The flu is transferred by contact with the droplets from one person to the other. Which means you could get it from the air.
It is highly contagious and could be deadly. Last year’s mojo seemed to be young, healthy males but also the pregnant ladies who were in their third trimester. In other words, people who thought they did not need to vaccinate because hey, the flu only kills sick people right?
Listening to a husband cry for his wife as she is being intubated to help her breath is possible one of the worst sounds possible. It is quite simply put unfair!
I have seen much more last year with the deaths of the victims that fell prey to the influenza pandemic surrounding our area last year. If you seen how many deaths I had seen then you would classify it just that, a pandemic. All of the victims had the same common theme. They did not get a flu vaccination.
I am not saying that you will not get the flu, but you should not get a deadly form of the flu or at least it will be less severe. My household gets the vaccination each year and we have still had the flu, but the symptoms were not as severe and it had a shorter life span than if we would have not had the flu.
If you are concerned about the vaccine itself I encourage you to do your research. Only you know what is best for you, but there are many myths out there regarding the vaccine that people tend to believe and shy away from getting it. With other illnesses like Ebola and the Enterovirus out there, I for one want to protect my kids from what I can and not stress over what I cannot control right now.
This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness prompt: http://lindaghill.com/2014/10/10/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-october-1114/