While I blog, the morning news is always on behind me. I sat down to write about hypertension and the “Salty Six,” only to find my ears working harder than my fingers. I just heard a reporter going through his morning news and in the most nonchalant way, stated that this year’s flu shot is only effective in 9% of adults, but still everyone over 6 months of age should get the shot. Since the shot has potentially negative side effects, I’m not sure 9% is worth the gamble. Personally, I opted out (have never had one). And speaking of side effects, after seeing the movie with the very same name the other day, (which was an excellent murder mystery and I recommend it) I am even more weary of the pharmaceutical industry than ever. This news about the flu shot doesn’t surprise me even a little. In fact, I bet the number, 9% is even inflated. We are told one thing at the beginning of the season, and quite another now that the season is coming to an end, but mega bucks were made along the way.
Now on a somewhat different note, the news I am watching happens to be NBC and the show is broadcasting from South Beach (Miami) instead of NYC, this morning. I just read in the newspaper (yup, we still read those at Casa Zipp) that bidding wars are going on over property here as the real estate market continues to be on the rise. Somehow, I am thinking after the rest of the country watches the news from Miami this morning, (from their heated homes and snow filled yards) the existing homes on the market will get gobbled up. Sure, there are a lot of things about the Sunshine State that are less than ideal, but seriously with properties that one can steal and a summer that never ends, it’s hard to believe their are ANY places for sale!
And putting these two thoughts together, I can count on one hand (with fingers left over) how many people I know here in Florida that had the flu this winter. Just saying…
Wherever you are, have a safe, healthy day….much love from