- He is convinced that if he gets the vaccine he will feel unwell, and
- Its been a longggg time since he has been really sick,and
- He is 20 and therefore invincible
Last weekend I spent time with extended family and except for being related to each other we have not a lot in common so it should not be surprising that we discussed the flu. It took several of us to convince one relative (in-law, not blood, so that could explain the lack of knowledge*1 ) that the flu is decidedly not 2 or 3 days with an upset stomach. How someone gets to be nearly 50, with several older children and an profession in the schools without this knowledge is something that perplexes me.
Anyway, we have managed to keep the Motorcycle house (knock - knock) free of influenza this year. There was a brief round of stomach upset and a long lasting cold of doom. I was probably the hardest hit by the cold of doom, it lasted about a month, and every once in a while I suspect it is still with me lingering.
We now have 1 soldier down with strep throat. I hope that doesn't get passed along like everything else did.... which immediately reminds me of the horrors of pink eye when the kids were little. The two ailments seemed to go hand in hand around our house, and it wasn't unusual to throw an ear infection in for good measure as well*2.
I wouldn't have taken the strep victim*3 in for a test, but with the rampant way influenza is taking down young*4 healthy people I decided to act before the infamous 48 hour anti-viral window closed. We went to the Target minute clinic... there was no wait, they still have vaccine.... we were in and out in less than 15 minutes, prescription waiting for us at the pharmacy.
I've been reading a lot about the vaccine, its effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness in some instances... I'm still glad I got mine. I'll take any protection I can get.
- apparently we also have being a little full of ourselves in common
- it's been a really long time since we needed conjunctivitis medicine, but I bet I still have a stash somewhere.
- is this common, to change from "Oh My! we must see the doctor to "shake it off" when your kids get to be in the upper eschalon of teenage years?
- Scary numbers