Since deciding that science and medicine would make good content for this blog until I can get my act together to start visiting parks and things again, I’ve been paralyzed with indecision.
I mean, science and medicine are such broad topics, you know?
Okay. The RSV vaccine.
Respiratory syncytial virus (“RSV”) is a pretty common virus that causes coldlike or flulike symptoms — runny nose, decreased appetite, sneezing, fever, and so on. The only thing is that RSV can be really dangerous in infants and in older adults.
They’ve finally developed a vaccine for RSV, which the CDC recommends for adults over 60. The only thing is that it is also only approved for people over 60. With my asthma, you’d think that the vaccine would be recommended for me, but no dice.
My pharmacist actually asked if I was going to get it. I’m still only 56, so I have four years to go. Well, maybe they’ll recommend it for adults with asthma before then. You never know.
Today’s Gratuitous Amazon Link is The Seeing Stone, book 1 of the Arthur Trilogy, by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Arthur is a young teen boy living in the borderlands by Wales in the 12th Century. A family friend named Merlin gives young Arthur a “seeing stone.” When Arthur looks into the stone, he sees the story of King Arthur unfolding before his eyes. When Thomas and I were in the UK, we stopped at a bookstore on our way to the airport. I bought the first four Harry Potter books and this one. All things considered, this one has aged much better.