As what passes for winter in Madera keeps trudging along, the cold and flu season is in full swing. This year it has turned so nasty that health departments are tracking fatalities caused by the H1N1 flu. So far, 20 deaths have occurred in the San Joaquin Valley and the number of statewide casualties is at 100. They are finding that these people neglected to get flu shots. The experts say the flu season typically continues through February.
There is still time to get a flu shot at local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and at the Madera County Health Department, 14215 Road 28. Annual flu vaccinations are the recognized best way to combat the flu. Excuses for not being immunized can include a fear of shots or a previous bad reaction. This is very risky behavior.
In my house, we get our flu shots at the earliest possible opportunity. Private physicians will also offer pneumonia shots as well. According to http://answers.yahoo.com, these are typically good for five years. I dislike arm shots and get injections in my hip.
There is another wave of illness that is making the rounds. It starts with a sore throat and centers in the respiratory system. People who pick up this bug tell me all they want to do is sleep...