Tuesday, October 16, 2007


How is it that being a third-year medical student can both suck the life out of you and inject you full of it?

Speaking of getting injected full of it, did you get your flu shot yet? You medical types can get it for free, and the last time I checked, my local Safeway had doses for $10. That's $10 that can save your life. In the United States, 36,000 people die every year from influenza, and 200,000 will be admitted to the hospital this season.

Last week in my hospital's virology lab, I saw the first positive viral fluorescent antigen test for influenza A in Seattle (and maybe the state of Washington). It's still a little early for the cases to be rolling in, but what you get today should protect you for the whole season.

Just do it.

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