Monday, October 31, 2011

Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Today Fauquier Hospital began offering flu shots to its employees. Administrators and clinicians here think it's very important for our staff and volunteers to have flu shots -- to protect them from the flu, and to protect their patients.

I was one of the first in line to get my injection. Do you detect a note of pride in that statement? If you do, you're right. I know now that I have provided myself a layer of protection from all the coughs and sneezes that have already begun to plague those around me. One co-worker already lost a week of work because of the flu.

My family and I get the flu shot every year, because you know when it's like when the flu bug enters your house. One person is sick for a few days, then is joined in misery by the next family member, and so on. It's a merry-go-round I prefer to avoid.

So go get your flu shot. You'll be happy you did, and your friends and family will be, too. It's safe, it's easy, it's inexpensive.

It just stings for a second, but protects you all winter. (And if you are under 50 years old, you can have the flu mist and even avoid the momentary sting.) The hospital doesn't offer flu shots to the general public, but there are lots of places where you can get it -- your doctor's office, local pharmacies, Wal-mart, even some supermarkets.

Do it for yourself. Do it for your family, friends and co-workers. Stay off the merry-go-round.

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