September 29, 2014
As we live in an unpredictable world, I don’t often make predictions. However, 30 years of practice has taught me that the one thing I can predict is the severity of the local flu season.
The years that I administer my influenza vaccine to large numbers of my patients, we have a mild flu season. The years that I have vaccine left over at the end of October, we have a nasty flu season. Either way, I use up my vaccine.
In the past four years, my patients have gotten vaccinated early and we’ve cruised through the flu season. As is typical, this year my patients aren’t coming in to get their shots. They’ve forgotten how bad influenza can be. They’ve forgotten the long lines, winding for blocks that accompany a major flu epidemic. Unfortunately, they’ve forgotten that the flu can kill.
So, come in now and be proactive, or come in at the last minute and hope and pray that you didn’t wait too late. Good season or bad season, it’s up to you.