Influenza Season

Well, it’s influenza season again. Why that’s such a big deal is often a mystery to many but to physicians, it isn’t.

Somewhere in our many years of training we learned about the Influenza epidemic of 1918. That’s a little further back than almost anybody still alive can remember but  if you want a great read, consider The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry.

This is an outstanding book on the influenza outbreak of 1918 that killed over a third of the world’s population. That’s right, a third of the world’s population. And you’re worried about a little thing called the Ebola virus?

The influenza vaccine is especially recommended for young children, older adults, and those with significant health issues that may make them particularly medically fragile. But in actuality, the influenza virus of 1918 was especially deadly for young, seemingly healthy adults in their twenties and thirties. So you never really know.

My recommendation as a physician is that if there is no significant reason why you should avoid immunization (such as a significant egg allergy), make sure you get one.

If you are a member of our clinic, we have them for $11.  Welcome aboard!