Have you had your shots?

Nev_Dull

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For anyone anxious about getting a vaccination for themselves or their children, here's something to brighten your day....

On this day (May 23) in 1918 was the first case of Spanish Flu in the U.S. A young private reported to the Fort Riley, Kansas hospital, complaining of flu symptoms. By noon, there were over a hundred others, and the numbers grew exponentially. Forty-eight soldiers died at Fort Riley that spring before the cause was linked to a new strain of influenza.

As we know, it was the worst epidemic in American history. Hospitals overflowed and death carts roamed the streets as they did during the Black Death in Europe. Most of the victims ended up in mass graves. In the end, over 40 million people world wide died of the Spanish flu, 600,000 of them in the U.S.
 

zappaDPJ

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I contracted Russian flu in the late 70s. At the time I thought it was going to kill me. It didn't but I never fully recovered and was eventually diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). In later life I've been diagnosed with Dysautonomia, a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS). The current thinking is this is linked to or as a result of contracting M.E.

Long story short, get your shots ;)
 
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