Last week the DP was all, “Yo, some kids got the swine flu.” And we were all, “Ew. Even though the swine flu vaccine doesn’t drop till mid-October, we should probably protect ourselves against the regular flu, since it’s equally as gross.” And our mom was like, “Duh. Sign up here ASAP.”
So we logged on to Student Health’s online appointment scheduler and selected the FluMist option, because we hate shots and heard the mist was more effective anyway. But when we tried to make an appointment, the scheduler told us none were available… not even in January.
We then picked the flu shot option because, hey, needles aren’t that bad. But there wasn’t an available shot appointment for an entire month! Not okay. At all. So we refreshed and refreshed and someone must have cancelled their appointment because we got one for the next afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe I’m delusional (or just burdened with an overprotective mother), but I’ve always been under the impression that everyone gets vaccinated. This isn’t 1950; there’s a reason why no one gets the mumps anymore. Which is why you can imagine my surprise when I saw “Baby Be Wise, Immunize,” a video encouraging Penn’s community to get the flu shot.
The video features HUP nurses and doctors snapping, swaying, and crooning fabulous pro-flu-shot lines like “Oh baby baby oh baby, it’s time for each of us to step up and let the world know – it starts with me and you, our fight against the flu.”
That being said, the video is awesome. Maybe my sarcasm-detecting gene is flipped, but I was cracking up the entire time, ferociously texting friends in an attempt to figure out if the video was supposed to be ironic or not. Turns out, we’re pretty sure it’s serious. I almost don’t want to get a flu shot just so that they will make “Baby Be Wise, You Still Have Yet To Immunize.” Watch the clip for yourself, below:
(For the record, it’s not that so many doctors at HUP are suspiciously good singers. According to the DP, the medical staff lip synch to the voices of PennYo, a Chinese a capella group on campus.)