My boss and I are very busy people. Weve got big stuff going on. BIG STUFF. So we didnt have time to get the free flu shots the university offered like 500 times last fall.
About three weeks ago–
Bossman: Meh, Im feeling kinda sniffly. Im gonna go get pho for lunch.
Me: Cool! Im going to stay here and work through lunch like a good grad student *angel halo shines*
(about an hour later, Bossman is hacking and coughing)
Bossman: I still feel like crap. Im going home.
Me: Okay! Feel better!
Later that night–
Email from Bossman: Im not coming in tomorrow. 103 degree temp
Email from me: Okay! Feel better!
Couple days later, just before break–
Email from Bossman: At the docs, just got influenza confirmed. GET THE VACCINE NOW!
Email from me: OH GOD! OH GOD! ITS TOO LATE!! I JUST STARTED FEELING SICK! I KNOW IM ALREADY INFECTED!! OH GOD WHY??????
Virology classmate: Any outsider, watching the conversation between two virologists saying “GET THE VACCINE!!” “NO IT’S TOO LATE!! OH GOD WHY!!” right before the supposed apocalypse, would be slightly disconcerted.
While I did not get the flu as bad as I remember when I got it when I was little, it still sucked. For a week I was full-on sick (mild fever, body aches, hacking/coughing, runny nose, sneezing, BLECH). For the next week I just felt like CRAP. And for the last week Ive just been coughing like a chain smoker, for no apparent reason (I feel fine lalalalalala CRAZY COUGHING FIT). All because ‘I didnt have the time’ to get the vaccine this year.
Literally everyone has gotten it at work… except, ironically, the influenza PI. She has has never gotten the vaccine and never gotten the flu…
Anyway, I was ‘lucky’ in that I got sick right before Christmas break. I already had most of my projects ready to be in hibernation. I could take the time off without losing money or feeling guilty because the uni was shutting down anyway.
But now Christmas is over.
Unless you want to waste two weeks worth of sick leave and vacation days the first of January, GET THE FLU SHOT.
THE FLU SUCKED.
I couldnt even get my head together to give Ethan some advice about GMOs, and you know how I get going on GMOs.
This years influenza season is going to hit you, SO GET THE FLU SHOT!