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The ‘flu attacks!

by Jay Stevens

The ‘flu is going around Missoula. Even the Missoulian noticed:

Missoula County had a slow start to the flu season, but it’s picking up now. The Missoula City-County Health Department is also seeing an increase in the number of reported flu cases and a slew of gastroenteritis viruses, otherwise known as the stomach flu.

Tell me about it. The ‘flu had camped out in this house for four or so days, culminating in a sick wife and two sick kids over the weekend.

That’s right, I escaped. Of course, not completely. I still got to enjoy the ‘flu by administering medicines, performing late-night bed calls, standing in for a barf bag, and doing the other innumerable dirty little chores associated with nursing the sick, all the time wondering when it was going to strike me down.

It hasn’t…yet. I missed it, whether by hardier constitution or sheer stubbornness. Certainly not because I avoided contact with the bug. I was a prime candidate: little sleep, irregular and less-than-nutritious eating, and constant contact with my family’s bodily fluids.

The irony is that I’m the only one in the family who didn’t get a ‘flu shot. Ha ha!

The Missoulian:

There are more than a dozen strains of influenza, she said. The flu shot is designed for the coming year and protects people from what medical professionals identify in advance as being the worst and most predominant strains. A person may get sick with a strain not identified as one of the three worst strains for that year.

The second reason is that a person may have already been exposed to the flu at the time they received their shot, she said.

Who knew?

I should really keep my trap shut. Hubris never spared anyone from getting the ‘flu.

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