Flu Vaccine vs. Superstition

Get the Shot Not the Flu

I got a flu shot yesterday. It seems kind of early in the season, but this is when flu vaccine is widely available around here. I've been getting a flu shot nearly every year for at least the past 10 years. Getting the flu is no fun, and I'm exposed to it fairly often at work. Better safe than sorry.

I assume that my Southern Baptist neighbors who insist that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that evolution is a Satanic deception of some sort are not interested in flu vaccines or any other type of vaccines. If the influenza virus doesn't evolve (because "evilution" is a myth), they'd never need more than one vaccination in their lifetime anyway. But why bother to get vaccinated at all when they can simply pray away any illness that might befall them?

The strange thing is that they still seem to get sick, especially the parents with young children at home. Illness seems to sweep through their entire families on a regular basis. They regularly show symptoms I rarely seem to experience, and they end up missing work far more often than I do.

I think I'll stick with science. It has worked much better than superstition so far.