Flu epidemic hits hard in Texas, toilet paper can be your “germ trap”
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 16:01
The Associated Press recently broke down the flu situation in America state-by-state. Here is what the report said about Texas:
“Flu cases have been reported in more than half of Texas, and several county health departments say this season is worse than in past years. In the last week of December, nearly 12 percent of doctor visits were for flu-like symptoms, almost double the amount for that week in 2011. The number of cases dropped last week. In the Dallas area, many parents say their doctors don't have the pediatric vaccine so they've sought the shots at the county health department. At least six Texas children have died from flu-related illness since last fall.”
Just before Christmas, the flu bug seemed to be traveling through my home. My daughter’s mother was the first to get it, my daughter next and I showed symptoms later (though I was never actually diagnosed with the flu).
When I expressed what was happening on Twitter, a friend of mine suggested flu shots for the family for next flu season. That’s when shamelessly explained my family’s superstition when it comes to the flu shot, and our theory that the flu shot causes the flu.
There’s no science behind it, and hardly anything I would call research. We just know of certain cases when it’s happened and have always liked our chances battling the odds against getting the shot. It’s ridiculous, really.
Fortunately, there’s about 11 old-school ways to fight the flu that make my family’s method of flu shot abstinence look genius, via BuzzFeed.
You could smoke bomb your lungs, wear a mask from your nose hooked up to some vaporizer, or my personal favorite – put a roll of toilet tissue on your face like they did in 1932.
Just know that if you start experiencing flu-like symptoms, you’ve got options.