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I Got My 2020 Flu Shot Today — At ‘Goodwin Community Health’ In Somersworth.

by Anura Guruge


I typically like to wait till closer to Thanksgiving. But, last year I had it on the 8th. This year the 9th. In both instances only because I happened to be at — or close — to my “doctor’s”.

Today, I had to have a mini-physical ahead of my cataract surgery on November 25. 2020. They asked me whether I had the shot — & if not, if I wanted it. It is always easier & quicker to get it at your doctor’s. They have the paperwork & they worry less about ‘interactions’ since they ‘know’ your ‘record’.

So, I had it done. It really was painless. Did NOT feel it. Noticed a slight discomfort for a few minutes many hours later. But, even that is gone.


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by Anura Guruge

The Last Pope To Die Of The Flu Was …

by Anura Guruge



Benedict XV was pope from
September 3, 1914 to January 22, 1922.

He was born November 21, 1854.
He was, thus, 67 when he died in 1922.


He didn’t catch the ‘flu‘ from an epidemic as such.

He caught a ‘cold’ after standing in the rain, in early January, waiting for his driver.

This cold progressed into a high fever and cough. It is believed to have turned into pneumonia.

He was ill for over two-weeks, the pneumonia not getting any better.

That is what he died of.


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by Anura Guruge

I Got My ‘Old Man’, Over 65, ‘Fluzone High-Dose’ Flu Shot Today — At ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock’ In Concord.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and skim through here. Google ‘Fluzone High-Dose’. This was from the U.S. CDC — who we hope know what they are talking about.


Click to access my post on this topic from November 1, 2019.


I used to be ultra-skeptical about flu shots — BUT that was when I was younger and fitter.

I nearly died, this time that year, in 2010! See below. WOW — 9-years ago, and I was at least 35 lbs heavier!

I started getting the flu shot the next winter.

I am still new to the old-man flu shot. This was but my 2nd year. I really don’t know. I can’t say I sail through each winter.

But, the deed is DONE. No one but no one can now complain and nag. I got my flu shot and I got the right old-man one.

Fingers crossed. YIKES.

2010 vs 2019.

October 19, 2019.


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My Preference To Wait Till Thanksgiving For My Flu Shot VINDICATED.

by Anura Guruge


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I traditionally get my Flu shot in ‘late’ November.


I have only been getting the flu shot for about the last 6-years — and that was after I nearly died.

From the start I preferred to get my flu shot later than sooner. I know that pharmacies and drug stores start offering it in August, but that never made any sense to I. Nobody has any idea what the flu strain is going to be that early.

Yes, yes, yes, I know that THEY have CLAIMED that they don’t change or refine the vaccine as the year progress.

Well, here is PROOF that they do! I always suspected that the drug companies did. If they didn’t, they would not be human. Human impulse to improve something if you can.

Well, I am vindicated. SMILE.

I get nagged starting in September about the flu shot, though, thanks to this blog, I have written proof that I get my flu shot in November.

Now I am vindicated. SMILE. Did I already say that?


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by Anura Guruge

Got Flu (0.5 Fluzone HD) & Pneumonia Shots, For 2018-2019, At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

by Anura Guruge


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I resisted getting the flu shot till around 2010. I was willing to roll-the-dice and take my chances. But, as I approached 60 I realized that I better pay heed to what the medical profession was advocating especially since I am very susceptible to infections.

So, far so good.

Over those 8-years, I have got my shot most often at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy. 

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time. Today, they were rather buy and it took just over 30-minutes. Still easier than driving to an hospital.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year and the year before.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances. This year for the first time I got the 65+ flu vaccine in my left arm, and for the first time ever, a pneumonia shot — the latter in the right arm. That way ‘they’ know which is which; ‘flu’ with an ‘l’ in it in the ‘l’eft arm. Clever.


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Got My 2016 – 2017 Flu Shot, 0.5 FLUARIX QUAD AX At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

by Anura Guruge


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This is the fifth year running I got my annual flu shot at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy — this last Saturday, November 19, 2016.

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances.

In 2010, around Thanksgiving, I nearly died — a doctor at Dartmouth Hitchcock going to great lengths to see if he could make it happen. Since then I have been getting a flu shot, every year, in November.


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Got My 2015 – 2016 Flu Shot, 0.5 FLUVIRIN At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

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This is the fourth year running that I have just nipped over to our very handy pharmacy at the Alton Hannaford’s and got my flu shot — with hardly any delay and definitely without any fuss. I love the convenience and the speed.

We are new to taking flu shots. I did not believe in them — plus there was the added factor that I was somewhat younger.

I had also never thought that I would ever get my flu shots from a local pharmacy. Well it sure beats going to a doctor’s office and having to wait 30 minutes.

I have only used the Hannaford’s pharmacy in Alton and to be fair I consider them friends, and until earlier this year, our friend, Richard Leonard, was one of the pharmacists there. This year I got it from a stand-in pharmacist, Peter Hill, that I have never seen before. But he was good. Didn’t feel a thing. I checked the syringe to make sure that he had actually given me a shot! You know I am the ever trusting sort.

So two thumbs up for Hannaford.

The vaccine I got is referred to as 0.5 FLUVIRIN 2015 – 2016, manufactured by Novartis on one sheet of paper and as Trivalent IIV by Sanofi, batch number 1514801, in another. So lets see how it goes.


Egg Prices Have Gone Up Through The Roof In New Hampshire.

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I don’t, thanks to the now disproven old chestnut that eggs make your cholestrol worse, eat that many eggs anymore. When I was young I ate enough to last a few lifetimes (and her the old theory my life was to be severely curtailed BECAUSE I ate so many eggs). These days, per my low-carb diet, I eat 2 eggs every 4th day. So in a given week I only eat 2 weeks (unless I am travelling and eating breakfast every morning). Given that I also do not no longer eat cakes, pies, muffins, donuts, bagels etc, I don’t ingest too much eggs in prepared food.

Major contrast to when my adoptive mother was alive (and her 84th birthday will be in 3 days time). She used eggs in her fancy cakes, puddings and custards like there was no tomorrow. People loved her sweets. But given that she was very much an International figure and dealt with people from around the world, from Heads of State to beggars, her use of eggs in her sweets would, quite frequently, cause those of us in the KNOW to raise our eyebrows — and in my case, even question her. She, having lived in India for 4 years, entertained many Indian VIPs over the years — even when she lived in Paris. Many of these Indian VIPs claimed to be strict vegetarians or even vegans. Some of them would not eat eggs. But this did NOT stop them from eating my mother’s, and we have to admit they were irresistible, cakes and desserts. She was world famous for her ‘Pineapple Fluff‘ — that really did melt in your mouth. Vegetarians would ask for seconds, thirds and sometimes fourths of her ‘Pineapple Fluff’ when they came for dinner. And my mother would gladly and proudly give them as much as they wanted. One of these Indians who LOVED my mother’s sweets was a delightful Professor from New Delhi. Way, way up in the government echelons. We had known him for years. I called him uncle. STRICT vegetarian. Would not eat eggs. But was even MORE PARTIAL to my mother’s many sweets than even I was and that was saying something. Once he was visiting Paris and, of course, coming over for dinner. So my mother made sure she made him a ‘Pineapple Fluff’. The ‘Fluff’ part was dependent on whisked egg whites. More the merrier. This time she used 12 eggs for that ONE Fluff. That evening between us, with I and the Indian VIP in the lead, we finished the Fluff. 12 eggs gone. After he left, we got talking. Whether he realized or not he had ingested a fair number of eggs. It was one of those cases of “don’t tell, don’t ask” when it came to food.



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An Enid Blyton “Noddy” egg cup with Noddy eating his mandatory, very British, boiled egg for breakfast.

Anywho …

I don’t eat that many eggs anymore. I even have containers of Market Basket Egg Substitute in the fridge, though I don’t use that much either.

The kids, especially Devanee, eat a fair amount of eggs. Plus Deanna and the kids need it for all their baking.

So it is not unusual for us to have 2, 3 sometimes 4 one-dozen containers of eggs in our fridge. We have a special place where they get stacked, one container on top of the other.

On Monday we went shopping at Market Basket — after my appointment at the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Concord. Deanna asked me to go get some eggs. I went to do so. I, by habit, don’t buy anything without checking the price. I was surprised at the prices I saw. There were eggs at over $3 a dozen! Just a fortnight ago, I am sure, I had got a dozen eggs for around $1.89.

Later on that day we had to go to both Hannaford and Fiddleheads in Alton. I checked egg prices. A couple of years ago, when Fiddleheads in Alton was ‘new’, their featured product was a dozen of large white eggs for 99 cents. Then it went up to $1.50. This week it was close to $3.00. The cheapest I saw was around $2.85 at Hannaford.eggcups

I kind of had an idea as to what this was all about. When I came home I checked. Yes, Avian flu. Prices will continue to go up. So a HEADS UP. This will also impact prices at restaurants and that for prepared food. Keep an eye out.


New Hampshire (NH) School Kids Have Access to FREE Flu Vaccine Right Now. That Is So Great.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Our school, Alton Central School (ACS), is offering this FREE flu vaccine program and this morning Deanna was filling in the approval and acceptance forms. She wanted me to publicize this program — which I am now doing, though I am a bit worried about doing so! Why, because the ‘Local Control‘ fanatics may jump on this, as they have about the innocuous ‘Common Core‘, and try and stop it! I am actually amazed that NH has this very enlightened and beneficial program. I am surprised that they haven’t been forced to scrap it on fears that the kids were being injected with mind-drugs from D.C. or even microchips to monitor their activity (à la the infamous ‘Common Core biometric bracelet’).

I will be fair. We are but recent converts to flu vaccination. I didn’t see a need for it, until I nearly died (or to be more precise was nearly killed) two years ago. Have been getting it since, plus I am now a senior. Since Teischan has my constitution and is prone to colds, coughs, wheezes, asthma, bronchitis etc. etc. we decided to get her the shot too. And with the three of us getting the shot, Devanee, who just hates needles, wasn’t going to escape — if nothing else to hear her SCREAM when she gets pricked. She brings the whole place to a momentary halt — her screech so dramatic.

Yes, we know that you can get the flu for FREE at many clinics. Yes, we once got it for free at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon when we were there for another appointment for Deanna’s back. Yes, we also know that most health insurances cover it.

But, it is best if this can be done at school for FREE. So we are very happy though I have a sinking feeling that this will be the next program voted out by our dysfunctional, misguided School Board. If they do, may they be beset with the pox.

Growing up in Ceylon, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, we used to get free, compulsory vaccinations at school. One of them was for polio — the sugarcube vaccine. It was a BIG government sponsored propaganda programs. Ceylon’s school children being vaccinated to eradicate polio. We were all told to wear our ‘Sunday’ best. They took pictures of us lined up to get the sugarcubes. There was black-and-white news footage. My adoptive uncle, a doctor, then the Director of Medicine for Ceylon was the mastermind behind this anti-polio drive. Many decades later, having met folks in the U.S., my age, with polio, I found out that we were the ‘they are wogs, so they don’t count’ human guinea pigs for the sugarcube polio vaccine. I don’t mind — I guess because none of us got hurt. Actually we did good. As I said, I have seen more polio in this country than I ever did in Ceylon. So it is OK that my adoptive uncle, quite a man, still one of my heroes, volunteered us (including his own sons) for this testing. I never got to ask him. So, I am not sure whether he fully knew that we were the guinea pigs. It is possible that it was presented to him as one of the MANY foreign aid benefits that we used to get in those days — since we were a leading non-aligned nation (meaning we gladly took aid from all sides).