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November 01, 2006

Flu Shots

David and I have been doing a lot together lately: voting together, visiting museums together, volunteering together, watching sports together, and shopping together. Today we got flu shots together!

Back in the day when we used to work together, we could get flu shots at the office for $8 a pop. My first year of grad school, there was a flu shot shortage, and David's mom (who was then a nurse but is now retired) stole them from the hospital where she worked and gave them to us in her living room. She claimed she had never given a shot before, but I'm not sure how she could have graduated from nursing school without learning something that important. In any case, I was the guinea pig -- David, his brother, and his stepfather were all too scared to go first! Last year, I wasn't going to get a flu shot at all, but when I went to the UHS travel clinic to prepare for my trip to Kenya, they gave me one just in case. Today, UHS was offering a walk-in flu shot clinic for UM-affiliated people until 11:30. I had to go there anyway to get a cholesterol test and, when I arrived at 11:10, I called David and told him to hightail it up there so we could also get our flu shots. He arrived in record time, and we were through the flu-shot assembly line in about fifteen minutes. They are very efficient!

No flu for us this year. I also just learned from the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention that I am at very low risk for diabetes and heart disease, so I shouldn't have any heart attacks this year, either!

Posted by eklanche at November 1, 2006 06:19 PM


I just read an article yesterday about the Harvard Disease Risk website and then this morning checked my own risk for several diseases (quite low, thank God). I meant to tell you about the site, but it looks like you found it on your own. How strange is that?

Posted by: dmerch at November 2, 2006 11:38 AM

It's actually not strange at all -- I just got to the Ann Arbor News before you did yesterday! Now that I think of it, though, that is rather strange...

Posted by: eklanche at November 2, 2006 12:28 PM

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