It appears the flu is off to an early and potent start. The Minnesota Department of Health is now describing the flu as 'widespread' in the state. Some area schools have cancelled games due to too many sick players, hospital ERs are being overrun, and the shot may be less effective than we had hoped.
Hey, wait a minute. I want my flu shot money back. (Ok, what? Oh, right I did't pay anything. Insurance covered it.) The news of the day is saying the our usual flu shot effectiveness (60%) may not be as effective this year (40%) as we had hoped. Turns out that one of the strains mutated leaving us all a bit unprotected.
Now that CNN has done its predictable job of whipping us into a frenzy, it's time to turn off the fear-o-matic channels, stop obsessing about Ebola, and instead go get a flu shot. Yes Ebola is frightening, and Western Africa is a disaster, but consider these tidbits: