Wednesday, December 2, 2015

-Out Sick-

Photo: © S. Banos

Third freakin' winter in a row I've gotten the flu, and as in each year prior, it's royally kicking my ass asunder! I've never bothered getting the flu vaccine since it's always concocted for the previous year's version- it just doesn't make sense! 

Then again- can't do any worse than I'm doing now... back to bed.


arbus said...

Stan, feel better!

My wife does not get the shot, but I work at a hospital and I have to get one. I, however, fall on the side of the argument from the Wired link below.


Some flu info:

A typical flu vaccine is actually three, or sometimes even four, vaccines rolled in one, each protecting against a different strain. Flu experts have long suspected the H3N2 component was not up to snuff, and a meta-analysis of 60 past studies of flu vaccine effectiveness presented at an infectious disease conference in San Diego this week puts some numbers to it: The seasonal flu vaccine was, on average, only 38 percent effective against H3N2. That’s terrible.

(Still: Get a flu shot. After all, 38 percent is a whole lot better than zero, and the effectiveness of the seasonal jab against other common strains is pretty good in this meta-analysis: 63 percent for influenza B and 65 percent for H1N1. So get the shot. Got it? Good.)

Eric Rose said...

This is the first year in a very long time I have not got a flu shot. I should say not yet at least. I find for me at least the biggest flu danger comes in late Jan or early Feb. I will get my shot mid way through Jan.

The flu is a nasty one, I feel for you. Like my dad use to say "at first you feel like you are going to die, and then you wish you would".

Take care.