Be immunized at the healthmobile.

On Sunday, Annah and I met up with her Mom and her Aunt and did what all cool and hip Millennials do: we went to an antique shop. Well, we went to both a flea market AND an antique shop, because we’re wild and can’t be tamed.

While perusing the aisles in search of historic issues of Playboy (I read it for the articles, mom), I came across this fun sign. Did I buy it? No, I’ve already purchased far too many pieces of wall art from antique stores and there’s just no more room on my walls. Like I said, I’m wild and can’t be tamed.

However, as I thought more about it, the Healthmobile is a great idea! Why don’t we have that now? I don’t just mean in these “unprecedented times,” but in general as well. Getting an appointment with a doctor is so time consuming, you probably need to take off work to go, it always feels so uncomfortable talking about your health with your doctor. With the Healthmobile, I assume, all you need to do is walk in, and boom, you can get a physical!

Especially with modern technology, it should be possible for the doctors in the Healthmobile to get your medical information. Well, it should be possible, but that’s not how our medical system is set up. A boy can dream. Maybe I’m being too idealistic about the Healthmobile. But it seems like something we should bring back. Even if only for these “unprecedented times”

In trying to look up the Healthmobile, I found one newspaper article from The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle in 1962 behind a paywall, but aside from that, absolutely nothing. It’s as if the Healthmobile never existed, at least in the official history from the Milwaukee Health Department. And that’s too bad, because it’s a pretty good idea.

If, somehow, I woke up tomorrow and saw the Healthmobile, I’d be confused. Did I travel back to 1965? Why is the car smiling? Do I have to have a football shaped head to get a flu shot? But after I got over those hangups, I’d take a step inside. Just to take a look.


Dan O'Keefe

Dan O'Keefe is the head chef at 21 in New York City. He has never cooked before in his life. You can find him on Twitter @danokeefe86 or on Instagram @dlraar

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