I’ll keep this one short and sweet. We get it, you’re a tough, manly man (insert masculine grunting noises here), but if you decide to remain vulnerable to the flu this season and are among the 5% to 20% of Americans who contract the virus you may not seem so tough with your head stuck in a toilet. Instead of risking your health, and the health of your friends and family, show everyone just how manly you really are by rolling up your sleeve and getting your seasonal flu vaccine! Contrary to popular belief, you are NOT invincible!
I know, I know, you’re busy, you never get sick, (insert additional excuses here), but it doesn’t matter how many times a week you hit the gym or how many push-ups you can do, if you get hit with the flu you will fall…hard. The flu (influenza) is a highly contagious disease that affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness including pneumonia. And don’t think that your current state of health protects you from flu-related complications, as more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year. And let’s not forget the time you’ll have to take off from work or school and all those happy hours with friends that you’ll be missing out on. But don’t worry; you can throw yourself a little pity party at home complete with fevers, chills, vomiting, and diarrhea. Sound like it’s worth skipping out on that flu vaccine now? Time is no longer an excuse either. Flu shots are widely available at doctor’s offices, drug stores, schools and even grocery stores; most without even requiring an appointment.
So if you find yourself “hugging the toilet” this flu season don’t say you weren’t warned. The flu is not some amped up version of the common cold that a “real man” can handle. It is a serious, possibly life-threatening illness that can, and should be prevented. Why not make an excuse to show off those big biceps you’ve worked so hard for at the gym and roll up your sleeve this flu season.