Terry O'Shaughnessy

Hudson

Procrastinators welcome at neighborhood flu shot

I suppose being more inclined to candy cane shots over the holidays, I completely forgot about ordering a flu shot. But to my surprise, they are still being given out, at least in Hudson.

I got the shot on Monday and it couldn’t have been easier, even at this late date.

Flu vaccinations are still being given at Brunet Pharmacy (by appointment on Mondays for $20), with no waiting and no one coughing beside you waiting to be diagnosed with the worst flu seen in these parts for years and years. I just walked over and within 20 minutes (you stay for 15 minutes so the nurse can see that you won’t have a reaction to the shot), I was back home.

Now I do realize I could have received the shot in the fall—and should have (yes, I know, Mum). After all, Hudson held a vaccination day at the Community Centre in November and the CLSC has also made it easy to go and get one.

But I’m a writer and therefore prone to every procrastination method known to man.

So last week when my oncologist sternly ordered me to get a flu shot even at this late date (I had cancer some years ago and was having my yearly checkup), I knew I had to find a solution.

I have a GP, but couldn’t even hope for an appointment any time soon. And frankly, I didn’t feel like going to an office full of people suffering from that bubonic strain that’s going around. It just seemed odd to open myself up to infection in the process of getting the thing that prevents it. So a quick pharmacy flu shot (“phlu shot”?) was just the thing.

Yes, I know the flu has probably peaked. And I also realize the vaccine takes a week or two to take full affect—and that even with full coverage, you achieve only about 60 per cent or so of defense.

And I certainly understand that being over 50 and still worrying about what my mother says is a way of life as extinct as the dodo.

But March is coming, notorious for its storms and sniffles, and at least if I get sick I’ll be able to say: “But Mum, I got the shot.”

Life is just better that way.

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