Of course we really do need to be careful to help prevent the spread of flu, but we don't need to panic and "round up the usual suspects." It is allergy season, and so many people with the sniffles don't have the flu, but do have allergies. I'm going to ban intinction starting today at the mid-week Eucharist and talk about the potential for communion in one kind. We will print up information materials for people to take home on how to prepare for an emergency, although the locals are pretty good in this respect since weather emergencies are not unknown here in the winter. We'll also get our call-up list up to date and make sure that our shut-ins are taken care of. It may take a while for this flu to get to Maine, but it is possible. New York is not that far away and we are an isolated community with only one doctor and a clinic that is likely to be overwhelmed in the case of an emergency. Besides, I think it would be good for our parish to really think through what they would do in an emergency and this flu has the potential to come in waves.
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