Fall is in the air: days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and everyone is ready to break out the long pants and pumpkin-spice everything. For many, it’s a relief from a long, hot summer; for others, it’s the first hint of another long, cold winter.
But fall is also the start of something else (say it with me, now): flu season! And with the start of flu season comes the yearly reminder from all quarters that everyone who is able to do so should get a flu vaccine.
The basic idea behind a vaccine, of course, is simple, if brilliant: give your body an inactive or weakened dose of something that could cause disease, letting your body learn how to fight it without actually having to suffer its consequences (an oversimplification, but hopefully good enough).… Continue reading