Scratchy throats, stuffy noses, the chills – it’s that time of year. Sickness abounds, and students are strongly encouraged to go get flu shots.
But it seems like college students, yet again, feel generally apathetic about the issue.
True, there are some students who strongly believe in vaccination, and even some who detest it, but the overwhelming majority seem to either forget or not believe in the efficacy of this preventative measure. And let us not forget the few who think it’s too expensive.
But are they so wrong to care so little?
In a surprising twist, The Bulletin believes this indifference is sort of okay.
As far as we know, the flu isn’t a huge problem unless the victim is either old or very young. We are neither. Rather, we are young, virile, healthy and our disgusting lifestyles have no doubt built up our immune systems.
If we forget to get vaccinated, it won’t be the end of the world. We will simply have to deal with the consequences – a week or two of aches, sniffles and other un-pleasantries.
We might have to miss a day or two of classes, but even that isn’t so bad. Usually we have to fake an illness to get out of work. At least this way we won’t have to suffer through the emotional guilt of lying.
If some students choose not to get a vaccine for ethical reasons, who cares? If anything, we should be thanking them for not contributing to the continued mutation of the flu virus to vaccine-resistant strains.
Let’s not forget, competent adults have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies. There are too many who believe they know what is best for others, and attempt to forcibly extend their personal truths into others’ lives.
To those who don’t know when not to care, we suggest they take a page out of the college student’s book.
It is legal to smoke, drink and to partake in many other vices that are terribly unhealthy. But the beauty of America is that adult people are free to partake in all sorts of unproductive recreational activities. That is between them, their healthcare providers and their doctors.
The Bulletin is in no way endorsing apathetic attitudes. In fact, indifference, apathy and negligence are plagues that have infected far too many ESU students. Enthusiasm and passion are key ingredients to success.
That being said, choose your battles wisely. We have chosen not to pick up our swords. Flu shot or no flu shot – live and let live.