An Ode to the Flu Shot
Early September and Anthropological Reserves emails us
Sign up for your free flu shot, no muss, no fuss!
One day early October, prepare for your arm to ache
Make sure your appointment is set for during your lunch break.
Provide all your personal information on their website:
Are you allergic to Latex? Yes but it will be all right.
Are you allergic to Thimerosal?
No one knows what that is, but if you are the shot will take its toll.
Print out the form; sign your health away
Now you’re ready for Free Flu Shot Day!
Weeks pass by; life goes on
The memory of signing up for the flu shot is gone.
One Wednesday in October, a calendar reminder pops up at noon
Time to line up outside the meeting room.
Guess you’ll skip lunch today,
You forgot you were getting the shot instead of eating, yay!
You realize, as you wait in line
Wearing a short sleeve shirt would have been just fine.
The long sleeves on your tight sweater are in the way
Pull down the sleeve to expose your shoulder, they say.
Anthropological Reserves frowns at your risqué display
You hurry to the nurse with your shirt half off to avoid delay.
She stares at you blankly as she fumbles with her glove
Jabs the needle in your arm with absolutely no love.
Off you go, back to work!
Put your shirt back on, don’t be a jerk.
Hours later, you’re feeling headachy and tired,
You shouldn’t call out sick tomorrow; you may get fired.
Feels like you were punched in the arm, your coworkers agree
The things we go through for something free!
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