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February 18, 2008

A Word About Flu Season

It's bad this year. Real bad.

The flu season is getting worse, and U.S. health officials say it's partly because the flu vaccine doesn't protect against most of the spreading flu bugs.

The flu shot is a good match for only about 40 percent of this year's flu viruses, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The situation has even deteriorated since last week when the CDC said the vaccine was protective against roughly half the circulating strains. In good years, the vaccine can fend off 70 to 90 percent of flu bugs.

Gonna get personal with you people for a moment.

I could have told you that the flu was bad this year. I see a lot of sick people during my day, and I do not work in a hospital. I've actually had two people come in with pneumonia.

They actually stand here, expectorating chunky mists of diseased lung-juice into the air not two feet away from me, and discuss how terrible they feel. And then they have the nerve to expect sympathy instead of a face full of Lysol and my foot up their ass.

A plea:

Please, you pathetic assholes, go the fuck home and stay there.

I'll just be over here washing my hands and passing a torch over every surface you fucking contaminated.

Another tip: if some folks at your place of business insist on coming in when they're sick, do yourself a favor and name the flu after them when it starts spreading around the office.

One place of business I know of did this and it worked pretty well. Sick employees decided to stay home more because they didn't want their workmates bitching for a solid month about being brought low by 'The Lisa Flu.' Or what have you.

/Public Health Advisory

FLAMING COMMENTS UPDATE: This is the problem with posting personalish-ranty stuff. The comments section is now ablaze with people taking sides.
I had no idea this was such a divisive issue.
Just want to reiterate how much I admire and genuinely like all of you and that I hope we can still be friends after it's over, you inconsiderate mucus-spraying humps.


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