No funny here today. One of my best friends died yesterday. In the course of a little more than two weeks, he caught the flu, the gunk in his lungs turned into pneumonia, he was hospitalized and, a few days later, was put on a ventilator. He started going into organ failure earlier this week so his loved ones followed his pre-determined wishes, took him off life support and he died. He was 42 years old.

Forty-two.

From complications of what started as the flu.

GET A FLU SHOT, PEOPLE!

Unless you’re allergic to eggs or have another reason why a doctor says you shouldn’t get a flu shot, get one. Today. Go to your doctor. Go to a clinic, even in a supermarket – the staff there can give you a flu shot. Go to Walgreens because every Walgreens pharmacist is trained to give flu shots and they have the vaccine available. Go to a different pharmacy if their pharmacists are allowed to give flu shots.

But get one.

And don’t say you “don’t get a flu shot because… ” Whatever your reason is, it’s bullshit. Know how I know? From this and this. Oh, and don’t just skip over the links – READ THEM. You can NOT get the flu from getting a flu shot – if you think that, you’re WRONG. It’s an urban myth. As long as you’re over the age of six months, you’re not too young or too old to get a flu shot. And if you don’t like getting shots, I don’t want to hear about it – put on your big girl/boy panties and just deal with it.

If you don’t get a flu shot every year, you’re an dumbass. Simple as that.

If you don’t get a flu shot, you’re putting yourself at risk for getting the flu. And maybe dying from it. Even if you’re in the prime of your life. Even if you haven’t finished with all of your plans. Even if you leave a whole slew of family and friends behind.

Get a flu shot, people. And forward this link to your family and friends so if they haven’t gotten one, maybe they will, too.

Goodbye, my friend. If there is a heaven, I just can’t see you sitting on a cloud with wings and a harp. And man, would your halo be crooked! It would all be an awesome picture, though…undoubtedly with you surreptitiously “flipping the bird” somewhere in it. Nah, in my own personal vision of you in heaven, you’re sitting in the Evil Corner at the heaven version of the AdvClub, with your mom sitting next to you. The bartender just made you the perfect Old Fashioned. Sit back, relax and keep the seats warm for us. We’ll see you sooner or later (hopefully later, if you don’t mind). Just know that when I get there, I’m going to chew your ass out for leaving us way too soon, you Foxtrot Tango. Kungaloosh, buddy. I can’t even begin to tell you how much you’re going to be missed.

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