It’s just a little prick

February 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Much of the scientific research in Canada, (and elsewhere in the world), takes place in hospitals. And for good reason. Hospitals are associated with health and disease and therefore it is only natural for medical research to happen there. In the hospital where I was a scientist, every year, prior to flu season, all hospital staff, including scientists, were offered the flu shot free of charge. Not only that, a nurse stood by the entrance of the hospital, gave out cookies and juice and enticed all passers-by a quick poke to the arm to help protect them and their loved ones from contracting the flu.

While many of my hospital colleagues opted-in for the shot, too many of my non-hospital-employed friends, did not. Perhaps their refusal was due to a lack of understanding of the importance of getting the flu shot, or the inconvenience of having to travel to a doctors office to receive one. According to the CDC, the flu season can last as late as May, as such, there is still time to receive a shot if you haven’t already.

Did you receive or are you planning on getting a flu shot in 2013?

As Rick Mercer gently put it:

Come on Canada, roll up your sleeves, it’s just a little prick. Don’t be one. Get one!

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