Swine Flu Disconnect
Is it just me, or is there an odd disconnect with this swine flue thing? The White House human services secretary has been giving the vaccine a round of marketing, and I know that schools in Tiverton, at least, are offering it to students on the premises. Yet, our pediatrician doesn’t recommend it (which is not to say that she recommends against it).
It’s a bad bug, as Mark Hemingway attests, but as Hemingway also attests, it’s hardly a beast more fearsome than many of us who’ve made it into adulthood have already experienced several times. We face such illnesses down and survive, appreciating what it means to be healthy and sick.
Personally, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s something more to this hysteria. Some model to prove or cultural impulse to change, and being conservative, once suspicious, I’m resistant.