Knock, Knock...
by Wave's Editorial Position
Oct 03, 2013 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A patient walks into his doctor’s office complaining of fever, aches and pains. The patient, trying to be helpful, asks the doctor, “Flu?” “No,” said the doc. “I actually road my bike today.”

A terrible joke, we know. But getting vaccinated for this year’s flu strains is no laughing matter.

Flu season is nearly upon us. The good ol’ run-of-the-mill seasonal bug is knocking on our doors.

According to area school teachers, our school-aged children have already been hit by a nasty bug - a lingering cold that seems to run its course in about two weeks.

However, our area schools haven’t had a mass outbreak of this year’s flu strain yet. But with cooler temperatures, this is bound to happen. The arrival of crisp fall and chilly winter days causes our population to hole up inside allowing the germs to pass much easier than when we spend our afternoons outside.

Area pharmacies and the Wasatch County Health Department have been offering this year’s flu vaccine for a couple of weeks now.

In “medical speak” the Center for Disease Prevention and Control says this year’s flu vaccine is a trivalent vaccine made from three types of viruses: an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus; an A(H3N2) virus antigenically like the cell-propagated prototype virus A/Victoria/361/2011; and a B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus.

In layman’s terms, this just means it inoculates you against three really nasty flu bugs.

This vaccine, coupled with good old-fashioned hand washing with soap and hot water, and avoiding those who are ill, will go far toward limiting our county’s exposure.

Let’s not have anyone down with a bad case of flu - unless that’s the only way you can get a few days off work.

We’d rather just get the flu shot and actually enjoy a few days off. The shot doesn’t hurt that bad. It sure beats being flat down with the flu.
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