Oh, for the love of all things warm, fluffy and medicinal.
This week the cold has set in outside and also in my chest, and has manifested into a bone-rattling cough that clears a wide berth as I make my way through the grocery store or creates awkward pauses during phone interviews as I stop asking questions to hack up a lung.
In the words of Sweet Brown, when it comes to being sick — “Ain’t nobody got time fo dat.”
But, according to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza activity typically increases throughout November and December, peaking in the latter month. Last year’s virus resulted in more hospitalizations, deaths and outpatient visits than years prior — and of course, an ugly new virus should be rearing its head any day now, if it hasn’t already. Don’t you worry, SuperFlu 2013 is on its way, and soon you’ll see the headlines to prove it.
If you enjoy living life without a pack of tissues as a sidekick, then I’d advise you to get one. Don’t be like me, and wait until it’s too late.
The CDC recommends a vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and older. The Scotland County Health Department is a good place to get it, for about $37. Kerr Drug and Rite Aid also offer it for about $30. Is that cheap? No. But neither is the flu medicine that will keep you awake and competent enough to continue to perform your day (or night) job. Getting a tough strain of flu that you pass on to your co-workers just in time for their Thanksgiving breaks is selfish and, well, just plain mean.
Don’t be that guy. If you get sick, wear a mask or stay home.
In fact, you might not want to pay me a visit for a few days — not because I don’t like you, but because I do, and don’t want you to get sick. Better yet, call me or send me an email from a hundred miles away, and then, go wash your hands.