Flu shots

No flu shot for me this year.

It's the cold and flu season. I'm not sick and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep it that way. But it's not easy with a job that requires me to conduct interviews while providing news and sports coverage.

First, I missed this year's flu shot that was offered by our company. I had plans to go in for it, but a family emergency took me out of town. After returning, life just got very busy and I never made it to the doctor's office or even into a drugstore where I could get one for free with my health insurance. I had read that it was only 10 percent effective or something, so maybe it's no big deal.

Second, my wife gave birth to our son and we're a little paranoid about him getting sick. He's just over two months old now but he hasn't left the house much, so maybe he can avoid catching his first illness. A couple of times, I thought my body was telling me that a cold was coming on and I thought it might be best to keep my distance from the baby. But I experienced nothing more than a few sneezes.

Illness among PHS students has been a common theme over the past week. After covering the Clemens Invitational last weekend at the pool, I interviewed one of the top swimmers afterward. He had been sick over the past several days and he coughed a few times while we talked.

Then tonight at the wrestling double dual, the head coach told me that he had six athletes that had been out with illness. I imagined the PHS gym as a giant Petri dish, hoping that I wouldn't pick up something and bring it home to the wife and baby.

So far so good. ... wait, I just coughed.

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