Today at lunch the Bus Riding Conservative announced that he had received his flu shot. It made me realize I’ve never had one.
Even during the years when you hear the direst predictions about virulent flu strains sweeping the nation and knocking people down for weeks, I refrain from getting a flu shot. I’m not sure why, exactly. I’m not afraid of needles, nor am I one of those people who is opposed to immunization on the basis of some obscure religious belief or sense of social consciousness. I’ve received all my vaccinations and am happy to obtain booster shots when the doctor instructs.
They didn’t have flu shots when I was a kid, so I never got used to having them. And when I first heard about them as an adult, there always seemed to be issues about shortages. The news stories would say that the flu shots really…
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