Friday, January 7, 2005
Scouring the web for something interesting to write about on a Friday afternoon, I came accross this article about how Medicare plans to offer antiviral drugs to flu sufferers on a trial basis. I know very little about these medicines except for the fact that their effectiveness is far from proven.
However, reading the article made me think back to all the ridiculous hand-wringing that went on this past fall when it was revealed that there would be a severe shortage of flu vaccines in this country. This was going to be a disasterous flu season, according to many, due primarily to the lack of the vaccine. Well, I've never been too convinced that flu shots do anything at all, simply because influenza comes in many different forms and it's impossible to predict what kind of flu will eventually rear its head come flu season. Additionally, some people claim that you can actually get the flu from the shot, but this theory has been debunked.
However, and I'll admit that my memory is only a little bit better than the media's, I have to wonder why a year in which such few shots were given is also a year in which there's been virtually no flu outbreaks. This has to be one of the lightest flu years in recent memory. Are we just lucky, or is the Juice Guy on to something?