Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

images One of my early morning rituals is tooling into the 24 Hour Duane Reade to check out their creams. If you go at a normal hour, after 10, you are swarmed with little salesgirls with names like Mylanta and Shamoo rationing out the testers.

At 6:30 a.m. however, you could give yourself a full body facial, and no one cares.

As I’m making my way to the wrinkle and rejuvenating aisle, I hear a very deep voice say, “So Ma’am, let me ask you…have you had your flu shot yet?”

James Earl Jones, is that you? Maybe he’s strolling through creams too.

It’s a very tall man in the midst of stocking eye drops I didn’t see since he was kneeling on all fours looking like a display. I’m half asleep you need to remember, my coffee not even taking effect yet.

“Actually,” I say, always polite, “you know, I haven’t.”

Truth be told, I never get one. The whole idea of being shot up with the same germ I’m trying to avoid leaves this dyslectic woman more confused than ever. Yes, I do remember being inoculated for polio…but my mother was at the helm then. Left to my own devices, I might have been in Warm Springs, Georgia right next to FDR.

“Well, don’t you think you should?” he says to me with serious concern. This is when I’m supposed to ask if he’s single, and I would have, if he wasn’t 65 putting himself through school.

I thought back to two months ago when I was hit with a terrible virus that just wouldn’t quit. Was that considered the flu?

I know God speaks through other people, especially those you don’t expect.

So after buying some Visine to give him my total support, I made the decision to have my first flu shot.

Not at Duane Reade for 8.95 plus bonus points mind you…

but somewhere that has a nice reception room with magazines and a water-cooler.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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20 Responses to Have You Had Your Flu Shot Yet?

  1. I never get one either, because the O N E time I did bam I got sick. The thing that gets under my skin is the constant push it down your throat campaign to get one …. I don’t like pushy sales people, especially when they are wearing white coats. Also, the podiatry office I work in is now required by LAW to ask all of our patients if they get the flu shot …. why? …. it’s being tracked.


  2. Elle Knowles says:

    Nope, I never get one either. I’m usually pretty healthy – knock on wood! There is always the first time though. Let me know how that works for you! πŸ˜‰


  3. I always get them and I’ve never had the flu so I’m either lucky (unlikely) or they work for me. I also got the shingles shot (my friend had shingles — believe me you don’t want to get it) and the pneumonia shot (almost required when you hit 65). Mostly I’m healthy except for the occasional headache or backache. I’m not a crusader for the shot as much as I am for washing hands. When I worked I washed them often (although it was called an office I swear I worked in a germ incubator chamber). I am also not a fan of shaking hands. Never could understand the point of that.


  4. MJ says:

    No flu shots for me, ever. First of all, I’ve never had the flu, despite regularly spending lots of time in indoor places swarming with germy people. Ironically, my late voice coach, who got the shot every year, never failed to came down with the flu. The shot’s defenders claim this happens because it can’t be expected to protect against ALL strains of the virus, and even if an innoculee does get the flu, he/she would have been sicker sans shot. Sounds more like excuse than fact to me. The vast majority of people don’t die of flu, nor do they suffer significant or lasting side-effects, so why all the hype? Smoking is a much greater health risk than getting the flu, so why isn’t Big Pharma hawking nicotine patches et al with the same zeal?

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    • Good point MJ, wonderfully made. I’ve decided not to have one, after all that. Prednisone knocked my immune system down about 10 pegs so, I figure, a shot if I’m about to get the flu, virus or even the Bubonic Plague, won’t help anyway.


  5. Justin McCarthy says:

    My father always swore by getting a flu shot and last year I got one but I have not this year. Maybe. Be well.


  6. I got one this year for the first time since I was a kid since my university was providing them for free. I don’t think I’ve gotten the flu in 30 years, so it never seemed like a priority. I know a few people who are down now with it, so maybe it was good. I hope you can stay healthy.


  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I had the flu once and you feel like your dying. I’ve had my flu shot for the past ten years now, and I HATE getting any needle stuck in me.


    • Me too. I don’t know what’s the smarter thing. I’ve had my fill of doctors and medicine. Have HUGE dark circles I can’t even cover up from the Prednisone. I look ten years older and it’s not sitting too well Skinny.


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