This is the second year in a row that I've gotten the flu despite having received the flu shot.
Both times I've been slapped flat, and both times I've ended up with secondary infections. Nor am I the only one; I've had several doctors tell me recently they've never seen so many people get sick like this after having been immunized. The influenza viruses must be mutating and/or growing stronger.......and if that's the case, I think we may be in some real trouble down the line, just as we are today with bacterial infections that have become resistant to antibiotics. I'm still relatively young and healthy, but the past two winters I've come down with flu that's made me sicker than I've ever been in my life, and for longer than I've ever been; what about the very young, the old, and the not-so-healthy?
Anybody ever read Stephen King's The Stand
? Yes, the story is fictional, but it's entirely possible that a particularly virulent strain of flu (called Captain Trips in the book) could develop at some point in the future (that is, if it hasn't already been cooked up in some top-secret government lab somewhere). And someday it could even overwhelm our defenses, wiping out literally tens or even hundreds of millions. That's scary
. I'm not an expert in epidemiology, but even I can imagine what would happen in such an event........it'd make the tsunami in Indonesia look like a car accident. :uhoh21: