I caught the flu last weekend. I could have easily avoided it by walking a block away to my local pharmacy and paying for a seasonal flu shot but I had become complacent in my health, I was taking my health for granted as do most modern humans. I paid the price for my complacency (and my laziness) with lungs full of mucuous and the temporary loss of two of my physical senses.
Vaccines really are a marvel of modern healthcare, an invention that has saved millions of lives from what are now preventable diseases. Diseases that were once feared as potential plagues are now confined to history books thanks to vaccines (some of those diseases are unfortunately coming back thanks to the spreading of some mis-information but that is another topic of discussion).
Fortunately for myself, I still have a relatively strong immune system and my good health is returning but I should make more of an effort remember the new flu season every year. I don’t want any new influenza mutations to infect my body again.
Go vaccinate yourself!