Swine flu is here, make no mistake. The H1N1 strain of influenza has swooped down on Seattle like Clay Bennet and his band of Oklahoma cowboys. Don’t worry, it won’t rip out your heart and feed it to a bunch of Oklahoma City vandals, but it just might kill you.
I don’t know quite what to make of the all the press surrounding this second round of H1N1. Is it the next great plague? Or, will it fizzle like the 1976 outbreak as Ron Paul suggests? Is it a genetically engineered monster built by Dr. Evil and disseminated by the Knights Templar to control population? Or, (for you conspiracy buffs) is it really the flu at all? Of course, there are some more reasoned voices on the web like Steven Novella. But then, voices of reason also thought that Thalidomide was a great idea too.
Simply put, lots of folks are getting sick, and even more are getting scared. Public Health officials have gone on record saying that there’s a vaccine that can help protect those most at risk. And according to an interview on KJR Seattle Seahawks team doctors told reporters (in a conversation I’m certain they wish they could take back) that the team has received the H1N1 vaccine.
Paul, I know your team has been injury plagued over the last few years, but using up vaccine on professional athletes when there is a national shortage is just in poor taste.
So, when your (and my) Seahawks go and and get pummeled this Sunday by the Cowboys, it certainly won’t be because they have the flu. It might be their offensive line, or their complete lack of a running attack, an aging quarterback, it might even be a GM who insists on building a team around undersized, injury prone, “character” guys… Our one hope is that the Cowboys won’t have the Seahawks secret weapon, flu vaccine. The thing is, (and this is the more important part) you probably won’t either.