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It’s flu season, so get your shot now
Here’s what readers had to say in Saturday’s letters to the editor.
Flu shot file photo
Flu shot file photo [ TED S. WARREN | Associated Press ]
Published Sep. 27, 2019

Get your flu shot now

Flu season

This is the ideal time to get a flu vaccine, according to experts at Tampa General Hospital. As a medical professional, I wholeheartedly agree with the recommendation, especially given the severity of past flu seasons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported up to 42.9 million cases of the flu in the 2018-19 season, causing up to 647,000 flu-related hospitalizations and up to 61,200 flu-related deaths. While every flu season is different, it’s imperative to protect yourself and your family with a flu vaccination. No one enjoys getting a shot, but the short-term discomfort outweighs the potential for severe illness or, in the worst case, death. And, if not just for yourself, then do it for your loved ones. Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to the flu and its complications.

Ask your physician for the vaccination; go to any pharmacy, supermarket or big box store where the shot is offered; or visit vaccinefinder.org. Don’t become another flu statistic. Get your vaccination today.

Alan Smith, Tampa

The writer is chief medical officer of WellCare of Florida.

Democrats are the do-nothing party

Move to impeach Trump | Sept. 25

I was always taught to respect the office of the president of the United States, even if I did not like the president himself. But to devote all your time and energy in deliberately trying to sabotage everything this president is trying to do is beyond reason. Can you imagine how much good could have been done if these same elected officials had worked with this administration instead of against it. This country would be absolutely amazing! All of these politicians were elected to work for us and the good of this country. They evidently have completely forgotten that in their zeal to take down our president. What exactly have the Democrats done the past two years that actually benefited the American people and this great country? I can’t think of a single thing. I was a lifelong Democrat but have since changed my party affiliation. I didn’t want to be associated with any of them.

Sandra Buckingham, Clearwater

We need one hero

Move to impeach Trump | Sept. 25

Is there a true hero, a maverick, out there in the GOP — a senator who will stand up for his country and say enough of this president? Show true leadership and be surprised at how many may follow, sometimes it just takes one brave voice. Overcome your fears for your political future — this more than anything may guarantee your longevity. Take a gamble.

J. Johnson, Tampa

What teens do now

Students demonstrate during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change, in Turin, northern Italy, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The protests are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who spoke to world leaders at a United Nations summit this week.
Students demonstrate during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change, in Turin, northern Italy, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The protests are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who spoke to world leaders at a United Nations summit this week. [ ALESSANDRO DI MARCO | AP ]
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Teen activist blasts world leaders | Sept. 24

When I was 16 all I worried about was how I was going to cover up my pimples and what did I have to do to get Betty Sue to like me. Nowadays 16-year-olds are worried about global warming and climate change. My, how times have changed.

John Waitman, Tarpon Springs

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