It started with a headache and little throat tickle. Next thing I knew I was in bed for four days with flowing green snot and a gurgling hack that scared the dog out of the room. Not pretty, the flu.
Im almost completely recovered now (Im still coughing a bit, sending the dog skittering off under the couch), but jeebus, this influenza B thing is for real, people. Everyone I talk to has either caught it, is caring for someone with it or is wearing a surgical mask and slathering on Purell trying to avoid it. Epidemic seems awfully dramatic, but folks from Seattle to Savannah are down for the count.
Because Im alternative therapy groupie and a hippie at heart, Ive been dosing myself and my family all winter with immune-boosting herbs and formulas. The astralagas and echinacea seem to have worked well for my husband and the kids, and I think my system got weak from a combination of stress and lack of sleep and was no match for the evil woman at a dance concert who kept coughing into my hair. It was a terrible couple of weeks, but still you couldnt pay me to have a flu shot.
I understand that a flu vaccine is helpful in theory but the shot that everyone lined up to get this season is now being reported as less than 40% effective in preventing the actual virus circulating. In fact, flu shots have been linked with other complications, like paralysis and Alzheimers, and can actually weaken your immune system so you get sicker.
Yet the Center for Disease Control recommended yesterday that all children have another flu shot (and dont even get me started on the neurological damage mercury-based vaccines cause in kids) even after its own admission that this years shot is a waste of money and time (not too mention dangerous.)
This logic is so completely asinine how can we trust a government health entity thats pushing a faulty product? My friend Sam, who owns a tire store, snorted that only the government could do business this way. Id like to try that here, the first four tires we sold you arent that good, so youre going to need eight. Anyone who believes there isnt a direct financial connection with the CDC and the pharmaceutical industry probably still think global warming is a myth.
Anyway, its good to be upright again. Hope everyone out there is in good health and remember the best way to prevent the flu is to boost your immunity, eat well and get enough rest. One of those surgical masks couldnt hurt either.
(crossposted at savannah.skirt.com)