Bethlehem’s Health Bureau is giving out free flu shots, and I’m wondering if they’re checking people’s addresses to make sure nobody’s free-riding from the other Northampton County municipalities who don’t pay for a public health department. Bethlehem taxpayers are paying for the flu shots, after all.
That’s a stupid way to think about public health of course. Somebody eating at Jenny’s Kuali could get breathed on by another patron from Freemansburg who’s got the flu. Communicable diseases do not respect the various political fiefdoms, so it would make more sense to have everybody in the region pay for a health department that provides stuff like free flu shots.