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Have you gotten your flu shot?

Have you gotten your flu shot? Forgive me for asking so bluntly, but it's an issue that has become pretty important to me the last few years.

I have rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder. My immune system, for reasons I don't understand, has decided to attack me. Maybe it's angry at the way I treated it in my youth or maybe it's some sneaky agent of karma for bad decisions I am yet to make. Maybe it's because my grandmother had it. Maybe it's just confused and got lost on its way to ... no, I don't actually think anyone deserves illness. But no matter why it has chosen to do it, I choose to fight back.

I'm on a variety of medications, one of which is a weekly injection of an immunosuppressant (it's actually a low-dose chemo drug) that has really made a difference in my quality of life. But it puts me at risk for every bug going around. While there's not much I can do about the cold or stomach bugs or the occasional infection, I can do something about the flu.

I get the flu shot.

And I'm asking you to get it too. I look healthy. So do people with lupus, HIV, many kinds of cancer, preemie babies -- anyone with a compromised immune system.
Your health is a gift you can give to all of us with jacked immune systems (and there are more of us than you likely know). So I'm asking. Straight up. Please, get a flu shot. #getvaccinated #fightflu
Feel free to message me any questions, and I'll be happy to answer. Or check out Immunize Nevada for info from actual medical professionals. I only play one on the Internet. (-;

Cindie Geddes

Cindie Geddes is a writer of disobedient stories, mom to a considerate teen, and partner to an endlessly patient man. She spends most of her day talking to the pets and trying to figure out what the computer has done with her email.