Every year in the states my friends, family, etc. get flu shots. Every year, I turn up my flu-resilient nose at them and refuse shots or even daily cautions. I’m a snob about growing up on orange juice and having the immune system of an alligator (google it). Typical Floridian, the flu isn’t a huge deal for us as we have warm weather and enough vitamin C to cure scurvy and have enough left over to make juice.
And then I experienced flu season in Japan.
Now, I’m terrified, shaking in my figurative flip-flops.
One of my schools has already forced the entire 8th grade to stay home for two days thanks to 14 kids coming down with it. Everyday, no less than 4 students are absent from each class, and those present are all wearing masks.
Just to add to the tension, every now and then, the secretary will answer the phone, only to say “yes, Ok, yes, yes, take care.” Then, turn slowly to the vice principle and say “It seems so-and-so-sensei has the flu.” They then discuss the layout of the teacher’s room and that desk’s proximity to other teachers.
My teachers tell me to “take care” daily so I don’t get the flu. My company has warned me that if diagnosed, I’m face with a forced 5 days off school. It’s serious business. I brought vitamins from home that, up until recently, I take only when I can remember. Now, I’ll turn my car around if I forget.
Armed with vitamins, lemon water, frequent hand-washing, and regular exercise, I will not let the flu get me.