Rich Galen

In the Spring of 2003 an outbreak of a flu-like virus was detected in China and (of all places) Toronto. It was named SARS, for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

I didn't have it, but I thought I had it and wrote what turned out to be a pretty funny Travelogue (click HERE to read it). But it was only funny because I didn't have SARS.

If you haven't gotten a flu shot (and you haven't had the flu this season) go to your local doc, clinic, or drug store and get one.

If you do get a shot, don't go hanging around sick people. The overall effectiveness of flu shots is estimated at 60 percent to 70 percent in a good year, according to an infectious disease specialist from South Carolina.

So, I appear to be one of the 30-40 percent of the "special people" for whom the shot did not offer full protection.

I don't feel horrible, but I am coughing and sniffling and I feel like someone opened a valve in my ankle and let all my energy out.

So, maybe I don't have the full-fledged flu.

Maybe I only have the fluh.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at