I overheard a woman talking to another woman on the elevator the other day. Someone in her son’s elementary school class had been diagnosed with H1N1, the sixth in a class of 28.
Number one: I’ve personally known only one person diagnosed with H1N1.
And number two? You know, there might be something wrong with me, here, but I was thinking…
When I was little, the neighborhood mothers held play dates in which a child already afflicted with mumps, measles, or chicken pox played with the rest of the kids, specifically creating an area rife with the possibilities of contagion.
Kind of a controlled burn on sickness.
The mothers would drink coffee and smoke cigarettes, the kids would run free in typical kid fashion, hopefully get sick, and with that sickness build immunity for future outbreaks.
So what’s to say we couldn’t do that with the Swine Flu?
Is that wrong?
You could get it, get it out of the way, take your sick days and get on with it - no more worries about that particular strain or any mild variations thereof.
I’m thinking a cocktail party with a pig theme. For some reason, I’m thinking gin and tonic on tap. Shredded pork tacos. Pink Floyd on the stereo.
And I’ll need someone with the H1N1, of course.
Not everyone could come. Under 25? Over 65? In a family way? We’ll post the pictures on FaceBook.
“Yeah, I remember the H1N1 outbreak of ’09. Feverish, feverish days. I was there. I saw it all go down, man.”
Is this foolish? I think it might be; and yet, as a bus rider and member of a thriving metropolis, the idea of trying to gain some sort of control over the possibility of contracting the H1N1 is attractive. There are already people on the bus wearing surgical masks. Why wait around?
The CDC, oddly enough, does not recommend the “Swine Flu Party” nor the Insert-Your-Childhood-Illness-Here Party. They state that while natural immunity is generally better than vaccine-induced immunity, the high price of natural immunity is occasionally severe and can be fatal and that it is not a risk worth taking.
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