Flu season predicted to be bad

Debbie Marshall, right, a registered nurse in the Galveston County Health District’s Immunization Clinic, gives Kimberly Cruz a flu shot Dec, 28, 2017. The health district is offering free flu vaccines on a first-come, first-serve basis at GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expy., Suite B-104, and at the GCHD WIC Clinic, 2401 Termini St., in Dickinson today.

I’m sick of being sick.

The new year sneaked into our house under a fog of pharmaceutical haze — one in which both the time of day and any ability to reference a somewhat accurate date on the calendar are lost to dreams of dancing bears and fireworks. A fever will do that to you.

Apparently, this is one of the worst flu seasons in a good while. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 of 50 states are reporting widespread outbreaks. Apparently Maine, New Hampshire and Hawaii are good places to be right now if you wish to avoid the outbreak. I’ll take the latter, if you’re asking.

I’ll admit that not getting a flu shot is hardheaded, illogical, and can be medically threatening to someone who carries an AARP card. Add to the fact I’m a guy and still harbors misguided beliefs that most ailments will cure themselves if you simply try to walk them off.

Being guilty of all of the above probably made me a prime target for an extended dance with this year’s All-American, star-spangled flu.

A few weeks ago, a friend told me about his personal journey through the forest of bright lights, fever dreams and all around body-draining experience.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” he said. “But I kept seeing this one word — Berry — blinking before my eyes like a neon sign. And the image just kept coming back with my fever.”

If you know my friend, nothing takes this guy down. Tough, focused, not going to let a little discomfort keep him from engaging the day. That is until he ran across this year’s electric Kool-Aid themed flu bug.

A week later, fireworks and dancing bears filled my head all from the vantage point of being wrapped in a blanket on the living room sofa. I could only imagine this was akin to Timothy Leary experiencing Jimi Hendrix perform at Woodstock.

For those of you who have not had this year’s mode, here are the crib notes: prepare to suffer and hunker down for a weeklong cycle until you return to a shell of your previous self. Most of us wake up early, feel a bit woozy, and then, like cresting atop a tall roller coaster, quickly descend into a furious ride through a funhouse of haunted terror. Not trying to scare you, but this is a miserable journey.

I lay down with plans of what to do the next day — celebrate New Year’s Eve, catch the college playoff football games on New Year’s Day, and draw up an annual list of goals — only to wake up as a twisted and modern version of Rip Van Winkle.

When the fever finally broke, we were already a couple days into the new calendar year and people were talking about an epic double-overtime football game as old news.

And to add to my disorientation, it was already Tuesday.

So yes, I’m sick of being sick. I’ll live, but count me in for a flu shot next year.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

President & Publisher of The Galveston County Daily News.

(3) comments

Diane Brodie

Not getting the fly shot is not illogical. The vaccine is ineffective, especially this year. Just ask those who got the soot and still got the flu. Go ahead of you want, and put some mercury in your brain too. I'll take my chances.

Randy Chapman

More Chicken Little diatribe.

Jim Forsythe

If one does not want to take a flu shot with the mercury preservative thimerosal,ask for the single-dose vials. 
If one gets the flu and have had the shot , the amount of suffering will be less.
About 36,000 Americans die on average per year from the complications of flu

All vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger in the U.S. are available in formulations that do not contain thimerosal.
Vaccines that do not contain thimerosal as a preservative are also available for adolescents and adults.
A robust body of peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted in the U.S. and other countries support the safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines.
Preservatives prevent microbial growth.
A preservative is required in multi-dose vials of vaccines.
The use of thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines has markedly declined due to reformulation and development of new vaccines in single-use presentations.

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