Keystrokes That Show I Care…

I am a mom, therefore I lecture. Unfortunately, the lecturing part now has expanded from my own offspring to others within my reach. My only excuse is that I lecture because I worry and care. If I did not worry and care I would not waste my breath, or keystrokes in this instance.

And the fact that I am investing keystrokes is quite noteworthy given the fact that I am a functional non-typist (that is a hunt and pecker that has come into a rhythm of maybe 20 words a minute – and those are short words). Folks often ask me how I managed to get through all the schooling and writing I have done given my abysmal lack of skills and all I can say is that I did it painfully with my pitiful typing skills showing little improvement. Sure I could have learned to type at any given point along the way, but that clearly would have made my life too easy. Ah, but I digress, the point here is that I do not bother typing that which I do not believe is worth the effort.

As for the lecturing by keystrokes – apologies are provided upfront; as I said, I only lecture because I worry and care. So assume the position – the about to hear a lecture position – you should be slumped with resignation in a chair looking hopelessly at the screen waiting for the inevitable lecture that is about to commence. Are you fully poised for the lecture? Okay then, here it goes:

Flu season “officially” begins October 1 (as if it is a holiday of sorts). Seasonal flu vaccine is now available. The vaccine now available is not the vaccine for H1N1. That will not be available for at least a couple more weeks and even then priority groups will get it first.

If you have skated through flu season after flu season without a vaccination and are one of those who think they aren’t likely to get the seasonal flu you may want to rethink your position this year. This year you should take every precaution available to you to protect your immune system in the event that you are exposed to H1N1. This includes eating right, getting enough rest and getting a seasonal flu shot.

The seasonal flu shot is one of the tools that can help keep both you and the healthcare system strong. The less folks the healthcare system has to deal with in regard to seasonal flu the better off it will be to deal with H1N1 cases. If you don’t take the precautions necessary to protect yourself against seasonal flu and need assistance from the healthcare system, be it a doctor’s visit or hospitalization, you may find that your ability to get care is impacted. Even worse, your needs may impact the ability of others to get care. It doesn’t make sense to put yourself or others at risk if you can avoid it.

Please note that seasonal flu and H1N1 are not the same. Seasonal flu is most problematic for older folks (65+). H1N1 is most problematic for younger folks (24 and under). Those with conditions such as pregnancy, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc. (see for more information on this) need to be especially careful. Everyone who can get a seasonal flu shot should get one (there are a small segment of folks who may have health reasons that make the seasonal flu shot untenable – if in doubt, call your healthcare provider).

So there it is, from the mom in me to you. Get your seasonal flu shot so I don’t have to worry. Being half-Catholic and half-Jewish I have enough to worry about already; plus, my abilities in regard to delivering the healing power of homemade chicken soup are greatly overestimated.

Day eighty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da


4 Responses

  1. Abra La Mente

    I always get the seasonal flu shot, mainly because one of my jobs involves lots of interaction with children, including babies, and I don’t want to pass anything on. I usually do not get sick during flu season, but it appears I already had the flu this season–all the symptoms were there–but I didn’t go in to figure out which “flu” I had, as the recommendations had been that you should stay home and only go in if your illness was unmanageable; it seems they are only “testing” for those who are ill enough to be hospitalized. Thus, as added protection, I will most likely get both flu vaccines as they become available (our health care providers have currently run out of seasonal vaccine, but I am hoping our employer provides the vaccines, as they often have in the past).

  2. roxane s.

    CC, I feel like my mother is following me around. 🙂 JK Seriously though, I heard something or read a flash of something that said the Swine Flu vaccination is more dangerous then the Swine Flu itself. I know, need to investigate more before I open my mouth on this one, but it’s frustrating to have to sort through all of the varied information out there. You’ve accomplished one thing. You’ve prompted me to think about it again and try to find out the answer. Let me know if you find out first. Thanks for being motherly. We all need that once in a while. 🙂 Even us other mothers.

  3. Ms. C


    Thanks for your comments. I am hoping all of you and your kin make it through flu season no worse for the wear. We already have students and faculty at NDSU who have had H1N1 and although it was no fun, so far they have all recovered without incident. That’s the kind of news we like to get. 🙂


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