OK, there IS a benefit to being old.
You see, if you’ve cracked through the 50-mark, you’ll pretty much remember the last time we did this swine flu thing. President Gerald Ford encouraged everyone to get a Swine Flu shot in the 70s and the final score:
Flu shots 70, Swine flu, 1. That’s right, more people died from the shots than the flu itself.
It’s not that I’m dismissing the seriousness of this outbreak, but panic is NOT what the doctor ordered. Being smart, washing your hands, eating healthy–the stuff we should be doing anyway–is the best thing we can do for ourselves right now until we know more and see what this does.
That and not kissing a pig in Mexico City.