Everyone is getting the flu

Are you the only one who showed up to work today? Well, that’s because all of your coworkers have the flu (or there is a party they are having you weren’t invited to, which sucks). Cases of the flu are way up in Riverside County (bad) and this has put a strain on 9-1-1 emergency services (really bad), according to KESQ.

“The flu is definitely spiking in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and our residents need to protect themselves,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “If you’re sick, take care of yourself and don’t go to work or school. And if you’re not sick and you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you should.”

Dr. Kaiser also recommends frequent hand washing and to avoid getting close to people who are sick.

“It’s important to remember that 9-1-1 is for serious or life-threatening medical and psychiatric emergencies,” said Dr. Reza Vaezazizi, medical director for the emergency medical services agencies for Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “This is always true, and especially pertinent in our current situation.”

A few things to break down there.  First, don’t call 9-1-1 if your tummy hurts.  Save it for something more serious and, you know, life-threatening.

Two, you know that annoying coworker who is “saving their sick days” to use them for a vacation?  Fuck that guy.  Go home, Steve.  You’re sick.  That’s what sick days are for!   This seems obvious, but some people don’t get it.  I blame Perfect Attendance Awards at school.  Seriously, what the hell is that?  Congrats on coming to school and giving all of your classmates the flu.  Here’s an award.

Finally, get a freakin’ flu shot!  No, it doesn’t don’t give you the flu or autism.  Rather, it gives you a chance to avoid the flu, which is a thing that sucks, and it’s usually pretty cheap or even free if you have decent insurance.

Or don’t and get the flu and be miserable, I guess.  Just don’t call 9-1-1 if you do.