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Sw1n1 Flu

November 22, 2009

H1N1 has worked its wonders on us. As I can’t get the flu shot — due to an egg allergy — I know I’m going to get sick. I live with it. I technicolour-yawned a supposedly rejuvenatory Gatorade across the Shopper’s Drug Mart parking lot a couple of weeks ago. And then I got better.

My daughter is just getting over it. My oldest son got sick today. He’ll be home from school tomorrow. As it turns out, he’s okay with the idea. He’ll trade coughs for movies any time.

No big tragedy. Just this year’s flu.

I’m not making light of it. People are dying. At the current count, about 700 people worldwide have died from H1N1 this year. Seven hundred. That’s 700 lost mothers, fathers, children. It’s horrible.

But it’s no epidemic. Let’s keep things in perspective. For every person who died of H1N1 this week, far more died because of smoking, drunk driving, drugs, bad eating habits, lack of exercise, poor judgment and not looking before crossing the street. And if I, with my compromised heart and lungs, can weather the H1N1 storm, so can you.

Live healthier.

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