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Even farmers get the flu (as it turns out)

Posted 3/9/2017 5:46pm by Shiloh Avery.

Did you know farmers can get the flu?  I didn’t either.  I’ve always had a more than solid confidence in my immune system.  I chalked it up to healthy eating and farm lifestyle (read: we eat a lot of dirt).  But the flu came and knocked me right off that high horse onto my humble backside last week.  I was down.  I would crawl out of bed long enough to make it to the greenhouse before I’d have to go back and take a nap. I hardly noticed the unseasonably warm weather for the chills and the haze that enveloped me.  

I’m not quite sure what to do with this new information.  What, then, is a farmer’s claim to fame if not a superior immune system?  I’ve always counted that among the “fringe benefits” of farming.  Alas, I reckon I’ll not be so quick to eschew the flu shot next year.  

Anyway, I’m back in the saddle (of my much lower horse) and we’re busy planting for the upcoming season.  Yep, it’s that time of year again. 



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