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October 8, 2008

Flu Flash

Remember when we were told that flu inoculations were vital for the elderly and the ailing?  Well, times have changed, and the call is out this year for just about everyone to go ahead and get the shot or nasal spray alternative, including those under the age of 18.  Many schools are offering the vaccines, but if you didn't sign up your keiki for this worthwhile safety check, you can still get the job done at numerous locations statewide in the coming weeks- along with health care providers, check out retailers, fairs, and other community events.

And just to clarify, it is impossible to get the flu from the shot itself- it's a dead culture.  That's as far as i'm willing to go as an aad- almost a doctor.  But we all know someone who has suffered the debilitating effects of this seasonal disease, and a simple vaccine can help to prevent the flu or certainly help to mitigate the severity of the disease.  And it's not you, of course, but the co-worker who sneezes or the guy who shakes your hand after coughing into his 30-seconds earlier that really makes this a disease of casual or ambient contact.

Aches, pains, fever, wooziness- if that can all be prevented or minimized by getting vaccinated, then why tempt fate and keep yourself and those around you at risk?  This is one shot of reality that everyone should respond to, as the flu season is underway.  Don't be foolish, flounder, flake out, or flip-flop about the flu. help squash this bug right now.  Think about it...

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