As I write this, my television is filled with the Las Vegas mass murders. They have not yet discovered the motivation for this horrific act. My heart goes out to the families and friends of those affected by this insanity.
This, of course, has brought up the cry for gun control again. I do not pretend to know the answers to this problem. What I do know is I have owned many guns over the years and never have I seen one of them kill someone, which indicates to me that we may be controlling the wrong thing. Perhaps we should be looking more closely at the one who is buying the gun.
Enough of that.
Flu season is here. Have you gotten your flu shot? Doctors are recommending this protection for a lot more people than who receive it. The most reliable data available comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In recent years, the vaccine has reduced the risk of flu illness between 40 and 60 percent in the overall population. At the same time, the percentage of people getting the vaccine continues to lag badly. The official CDC position is all people age six months and over should be vaccinated. This recommendation includes pregnant women. The thought is the vaccine can protect the child for several months after it is born, before the baby is old enough to be vaccinated.
Finally, getting vaccinated protects everyone you come into contact with whether they are fellow employees or friends and family. If people know and accept these facts, it makes sense to get the vaccine. Parents should make sure their children are protected, also.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.