Fight the flu
We see patients daily coming to the hospital where I work as a physician because of the current influenza epidemic in Kansas City. These people look miserable and feel even worse.
We would like to be able to cure you, but there is no cure for the flu. Antiviral medications are available, but they are reserved for patients who are higher risk or have more severe symptoms. Antivirals do not work like antibiotics and usually reduce the duration of sickness by only about 24 hours.
There is one thing you can do that is proven to decrease the likelihood of getting the flu and todecrease your severity of symptoms or your chances of dying: getting an annual flu shot. It is proven to be safe and effective.
If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, it is not too late. Even if you already had the flu or are currently sick with it, get your flu shot today. This is the best way to avoid getting and spreading the flu.
For those who already were vaccinated for the flu, thank you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Feb. 15 that there had been 84 pediatric deaths in the United States from the flu this season, so every vaccinated person is a hero.
I loved 95-year-old Helen Roser’s letter to the editor Wednesday about being called a “senior.” (12A) There are bigger problems in this world than that.
I hope I can be called a senior for as long as she has.
I have to agree with a statement by a TV commentator I saw recently: that anyone who did not view the recent school shooting in Florida as a senseless tragedy obviously did not have a pulse.
However, I find the inaccuracy of much media reporting on gun issues increasingly frustrating.
One TV station I saw referred to rifles fitted with bump stock accessories as “machine guns.” The ATF has ruled that these weapons are not fully automatic machine guns, because they don’t fire all their ammunition with the single pull of a trigger. Thus, they are semi-automatic, and subsequently legal to own.
Next, I saw CNN and others discussing arming teachers in classrooms. They don’t specify that there are suggestions to allow qualified teachers who want to carry concealed weapons to do so at their discretion. I am not seeing calls for all teachers to be required to carry so-called assault rifles on their backs.
Uninformed people keep clamoring for “common-sense gun laws.” So far, I have yet to hear any definition of what that would cover. Maybe someone with more sense can tell me what that “common sense” means.
I am listening with horror, frustration and amazement to calls to arm teachers .
First, if more guns were the answer to violence, then the U.S. would be the safest place in the world. Instead, we have one of the highest rates of deaths by guns among advanced countries.
Second, military personnel go through structured, intensive training to become proficient with weapons in order to kill people. Asking a teacher to kill a current or former student is mind-boggling. We are not trained to kill people. We are trained to look for the potential in every student we meet.
Third, research shows that police officers who kill in the line of duty can suffer from depression for years afterward, even when the killing was justified.
The Second Amendment starts with the words, “A well regulated militia.” Where are the reasonable regulations on weapons designed to kill people — not large animals — available with limited background checks, no training, no permits, concealment, low age restrictions? And where or what is the militia?
The solutions to gun violence need to be agreed upon, but arming teachers should not be one of them.
Current stories are carrying headlines such as, “Laws have failed, say Florida survivors in push to limit gun sales.”
Florida high school students were disappointed about the actions in Tallahassee, where legislators voted against changing the state’s gun laws.
Four thousand years ago, the Ten Commandments were given to the world for personal conduct. Those words are ignored and violated every day.
Since the commandments were presented, it has been very clear that simple words do not change people’s hearts and minds. Only a person can change his or her ethics and morals.
Evil does exist in this world. I do not know why, but it does.
Confronting evil with platitudes will not accomplish the objective of better safety.