A brief digression from your regularly scheduled programming.
Those of you who know me know that I do a considerable amount of work on vaccines. Among all the revolutions that have come over the past century in modern medicine, I think I can safely argue that–at least from a public health standpoint–vaccines have had the greatest impact on disease burden.
I normally don’t write posts on health topics, but here’s why you should get a flu vaccine this year, aside from the obvious reason that you don’t want to get the flu: The symptoms of the flu mimic the early signs and symptoms of Ebola. Depending on how bad the situation gets (or, alternatively, how paranoid your local health authority gets), you could walk into the doctor with the flu and end up getting screened or even quarantined.
If you live in NYC, go here and follow the instructions to find a vaccination site.
If you live elsewhere, go here.
At most, it’s $35 for a shot; you can even get them for free at some clinics.
Even though I work on vaccines, I’ve never gotten a flu shot before. I’ve scheduled an appointment for Friday!