Seniors: Swine Flu, Before We All Panic, Let’s Read the Small Print

Sep 15th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Flu season is upon us.  Everybody is rushing for their annual shots.  Swine Flu is the disease of fashion this year.  Nobody wants it.  It is particularly threatening among those who are 6 months to 24 years old.  Stand aside seniors.  For once we are not as susceptible to Swine flu as others.  It is particularly encouraging we have finally won one lottery.

Now, full confession time, this writer and spouse have already had their shots.  The assumption is that, like insurance, we are covered.  As the old radio show, The Shadow asked, “ Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?”  Flu ain’t funny.  Already more than 3000 people have died from it, mostly in the western hemisphere.  That doesn’t bode well. 

The best anyone can do is to quell fear, read the small print, and be as prepared as circumstances will allow.  If rationing occurs then we have to go with the flow.  But panic is a state of mind best reserved for alien themed and disaster movies. It is useless to start getting overly excited about whether, if and when swine flu will invade our part of the planet.  Panic is about as helpful as running into the ocean to escape mosquitoes. 

Best advice:  when you have an appointment with your physician next, be sure you are eligible for and get your flu shot.  Don’t be greedy.  If your grandchild is one of the vulnerable, you surely want them to be protected.  So weigh everything in the balance.  If you are drowning in the ocean, do you wish your grandchild to be saved first or you?  It really depends upon your ability to avoid panic and show compassion.



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