I was shocked to learn that the flu virus had killed at least 20 children in the US. It reminded me of that time in history when Europeans unwittingly caused the near decimation of the Hawaiian population, whom they easily infected with smallpox and measles, including influenza, since the natives didn’t have the necessary antibodies to ward off the diseases.
As an asthmatic, getting a cold is a big deal, because it can easily lead to something worse, which my doctor and I try to prevent with an annual flu shot. At one point, my immune system was so inefficient she recommended doing it twice a year.
Ideally, the flu shot should be taken before the cold months, around September, but you have to be healthy at that point. A fever may result, so having it administered on a weekend is better, timing-wise, so that you have time to recover before going back to work or school. However, if you’re already on the verge of getting sick, a flu shot would not be a good idea.
Like all living organisms, the flu virus is mutating, and its present state is one that the American population doesn’t have immunity for, causing a nationwide epidemic. Children are at great risk, as demonstrated by the tragic story of six-year-old Adam Lucero, who was begging his mother to help him during the night and passed away the very next day. CNN reports on the symptoms to watch out for. (Hopefully, this particular flu virus is contained in the US and doesn’t spread worldwide, but it doesn’t hurt to be vigilant.)
Courtesy of CNN
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