Flu Flack

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I’ve been getting a lot of negative responses to my flu post. According to these readers, I’m pushing people who are on the fence about getting the shot to make the decision not to. Apparently this is a bad thing. They say I am going about trying to convince people not to get a shot the wrong way. They say I am using scare tactics and that I handled it badly. I didn’t write the story to handle anything.

I wrote the post with the sole reason of telling people my story. I never said that anyone shouldn’t get a flu shot. I told my story in the hopes that people who were looking for information on the flu shot would find both sides of the argument. I told my story as a way to face what happened in full. I told my story because it’s interesting.

I want people to THINK about what they are putting into their body before blindly following the sheep to the slaughterhouse. THINK about what’s in that shot. Did you know it has mercury, formaldehyde, and steroids in it? This video is meant to be funny, but it’s also informative. And sad though it may be, his version of the flu shot might actually be more effective than the actual vaccine because it contains the ACTUAL STRAIN that is out there. Did you know that the flu shot given is just antibodies against 3 PREDICTED strains. As if all the chemicals weren’t bad enough, now we’re throwing ESP into the mix.

If propaganda isn’t your style, then maybe this is something to think about. There are years when the flu shot is in short supply, and the people that REALLY should get a shot can’t because Joe Blow down the street got a shot even though he’s not in any of the risk groups. I cited the CDC when I said that the shot is meant for people with a high risk of complications from contracting influenza.

People who should get vaccinated each year are:

  1. People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
    • Children aged 6 months until their 5th birthday,
    • Pregnant women,
    • People 50 years of age and older, and
    • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions;
    • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities.
  2. People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.

Believe it or not, I’m not one of those people who refuses to vaccinate her children. Honestly, for most diseases that have an immunization it’s a really good idea. I mean, do we really want to reintroduce Polio or Diptheria back into the populations. Hell no. But the flu (and chicken pox) rarely kills individuals who are young and healthy to start with.

But you know what? The bottom line is that this is MY website, MY blog, and MY story to tell. And that’s really all the justification and explaination I should need.

Comments

3 Responses to “Flu Flack”

  1. Victor Castilla on November 27th, 2007 2:03 pm

    I am so sorry about the experience you had with the flu shot. I have my own personal opinion about shots. But what I want to say here it is that I respect your opinion and I feel sorry for your bad experience. You do not need and explanation to express yourself.
    Best regards

  2. Susan on November 27th, 2007 2:07 pm

    The flu shot IS iffy and I’m glad you shared your story. We usually skip it too. It’s just a gamble anyway for flu protection, so why expose yourself to all the risks? I’m sorry you had such a bad reaction to it and I appreciate you raising awareness by sharing your experience. You radical vaccine hippie.

  3. Beth on November 28th, 2007 2:15 pm

    I’m glad you shared your story. I blogged about it here:

    http://www.pixelrn.com/2007/11/the-flu-vaccine-and-guillian-barre.html

    And PS. I love your Etsy store!!!

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