After a week and a half of holding out against the flu epidemic, I finally succumbed on Friday.
Or did I? My symptoms aren't nearly as bad as what Sushu had, or what other people have been describing. I just feel like I have a cold, not the flu-of-doom.
Sushu and my mom both reported that after they got the flu, they got better, but a week later had a relapse.
My theory is that there's a milder cold following around in the flu's wake, taking advantage of people's weakened immune systems, like Turks following the Mongol Horde. And I avoided the flu, but then let my guard down and caught the cold.
On Friday, we had dinner at a not-very-good Indian restaurant (it's called Tava Indian Kitchen and it's like somebody was trying to make the Indian food equivalent of Chipotle).
After that we stopped at Trader Joe's to grab bananas and maple syrup. Cashier asked how I was doing and I said I felt like I was coming down with the flu. Then the conversation got very weird.
He said the flu was really bad this year, but "they're making it worse" by distributing flu vaccine shots, which are really a evil plot to GIVE people the flu, and nobody should get flu shots ever.
Yes, he was one of those anti-vaccine guys.
I was feeling too sick to argue, so I just told him that last year I got the vaccine and did not get sick, and this year I did not get the vaccine and I did get sick, so it works for me.
He backpedaled: "Oh, well, you're probably in the right age range and healthy enough to resist it, but they shouldn't give it to babies and old people"
Then I just paid for our stuff and peaced out. If I had been feeling better I would have argued with that idiot, because anti-vaccine hysteria really pisses me off.
Like hey, you ever notice how our generation was lucky enough to grow up in a world without deadly smallpox epidemics? How, if you live in a first-world country, you probably don't know anybody who died as a kid from whooping cough, or was permanently crippled by childhood polio?
All of those are because vaccines fucking work. They are a miracle of modern science.
And there's a very disturbing trend of people not wanting to vaccinate their kids because they heard it caused autism, and they're not only endangering their own kids, they're making it more dangerous for everybody else too by weakening the herd immunity. So I feel like pushing back against anti-vaccine hysteria is pretty important.