When you feel sick, as many are doing this time of the year, your first inclination is to take care of it in an over-the-counter way… because, health care.
However, when that doesn’t work and you still got the aches, pains, and sniffles, you go to the doctor. This is your last line of defense to get rid of the funk that ails you and prevents you from being productive throughout the day.
So how would you feel if you see the doctor, and he or she laughs, and says, “Yeah, you’re screwed. I can’t help. Go home.”
Whelp, that’s essentially what just happened when dealing with the dreaded flu this year…from the Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC is known for advocacy in healthcare, specifically when it comes to something that can be easily managed like influenza:
CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in illnesses, related doctors’ visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said it takes four months to make a new flu vaccine even using newer cell-based technologies, too long to be helpful in the current flu season.
I’m sorry? Didn’t your organization just say vaccines prevent “flu-related hospitalizations and deaths”? But because of overtime, no biggie? This should be good:
On Wednesday, the CDC sent an advisory to doctors noting that one component of this year’s flu vaccine was only partially protective against the predominant flu virus, known as influenza A (H3N2), which has mutated since the current flu shots were made.
Get that, parents: The flu has gone in full zombie mode so the CDC has quit fighting the good fight.
Vaccinations won’t help this year. In fact, they aren’t available. Time to worry about damage control. Enjoy the holidays and don’t go anywhere for the next few months. You’ll be just fine.