Okay.. so I posted a blog about how the Flu Shots are BAD BAD BAD… and I stand by that! Nothing anyone could ever say will ever change my take on them. Since I’ve posted this blog I’ve had literally thousands of hits on it, I’m talking 20,000 views at least and with any blog there have been people who have agreed with me and people who have disagreed with me. I will say that those that agree have all been very kind in their responses and given their own reasons why they do. However those that didn’t agree, well the majority of them have called me names and pointed out my grammatical errors which really??? Your going to look at the fact that I’m not a professor instead of the message I was trying to convey.. okay..whatever. See, I’m not going to call you names like you did me because I believe anyone has the right to their own opinions, and even if I don’t agree it doesn’t mean that they are wrong in the way they think.
I decided to write this blog today in response to everyone who bashed me for being against them and trying to “scare” people into not getting them. That was never my intention. My intention was just to bring to light that the flu shots are not necessarily the safest thing to put into your body and by doing some simple things you can live just fine without every contracting the flu or getting the vaccine. First however, I’m going to explain why I am so totally against this particular vaccine (I’m getting tired of typing it over and over again so I’m gonna do just one here!).
Back in 1976/77 there was a “Pandemic” that came through the United States. I was 6 at the time and from birth I had always been sickly with respiratory problems. It started when I was just 3 months old, I became violently ill and my parents found me turning blue and choking on vomit in my crib. After rushing me to the hospital the discovered that I had Asthma, Double Pneumonia and the Hong Kong Flu. The doctors informed my parents that I was going to die (this was the first time out of 3 times that a doctor told my mom to call the funeral home I wasn’t going to make it.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_flu. This was a deadly virus that killed thousands. Fast forward 6 years and yours truly became deathly ill again. This time however it hit after I received a flu vaccine at the request of my doctor because of my history. I remember going and getting the shot, I was fine. Not a care in the world, not the least bit sick. By midnight that night I was in intensive care fighting for my life. I had a fever of a 107 and they told my mom that I was going to die, that I was literally baking my internal organs to include my brain. I remember laying in the Oxygen tent and shivering to death because my body was so hot but the cold wetness of the pure Oxygen had me freezing. I remember them putting me in a bathtub full of ice water in efforts to break the fever. Have you ever burned yourself on a pot or something then put ice on it? It’s painful, right? Try emerging your entire body in ice water after you’ve been burned? My mom later told me that I screamed so loudly and sounded like I was in such tremendous pain that she started fighting the nurses and doctors to get to me to get me out of the tub. They had to forcibly remove her from the room so they could do their jobs. 4 days later I woke up with my fever gone and no brain damage or organ damage. It was truly a miracle in everyone’s eyes because I should have died. I should have been a vegetable, but I wasn’t. In fact I was just like I was before, full of life and spunk.
I have only had the flu 3 times in my life. The first time you just read about, after receiving the shot I was hit with such a severe case of the flu it almost killed me. The second time was after I had my first born child vaccinated at the request of his doctor. Within 24 hours of him getting it we both had the flu so bad I could hardly move. The third time was after I had my second child vaccinated at the request of the same doctor. Even though I was against it, she was a premature baby and at year old only weighed 13lbs. Because of her tiny size and being born with Asthma I thought I was doing the right thing. Again within 24 hours all 3 of us had the flu. I have never gotten my children vaccinated again and none of us have had the flu since! Its not coincidental that we only got the flu after the shot, I firmly believe the shot is what gave us the flu.
I will say that some 20 yrs after I got that one and only fateful shot in the 70’s I had a nurse explain to me (she was trying to calm me down and help me understand why it was better for my daughter to receive one) that in 1976/77 they actually had tainted flu vaccines that killed thousands. I apparently got one of those shots. I am not allergic to eggs and neither are my children. There is no reason why we should have the side effects we did but the fact is, we do.
Are flu shot’s going to kill you if you get them? Most likely not. Are they going to give you the flu? Maybe, maybe not, everyone is different. Are the really necessary? In my own PERSONAL opinion, no they are not! The facts are the flu vaccines only aim to protect you against 3 or 4 of the top strands that season, but there are well over 200 strands of it every year. You have just as much or even better odds of NOT getting the flu by simply doing a few things to try to protect yourself like, wash your hands many many times during the day, try to not touch any touch screens with your finger tips instead use your knuckles. Don’t touch your eye’s/nose or mouth, cough and sneeze into your arm where it bends instead of your hands, avoid touching door knobs, toilet seats or toilet handles. And for the love of God.. if you are sick, STAY HOME! I understand that you may have to work, some of us don’t have the luxury of missing work for any reason but limit your exposure to your desk only… don’t go to the grocery store, don’t go to the mall.. keep your sick butt at home. Sanitize your phones, your desk tops, your keyboards, any surfaces you touch regularly. All of these things will do just as much to protect you as the flu vaccine (probably even more so) and it’s not introducing a dead or live virus into your body!
Now, to my grammar Nazis… if I misspelled something I’m sorry. If I put in one too many comma’s or apostrophes, please forgive me. To those who think the flu shot’s are the greatest and everyone should get one, please do not call me stupid, uneducated or pompous because I do not believe the same way, I do not think those things about you because you think differently then me. I am by no means telling people they should NEVER EVER get this inoculation. If you work in the medical field where you are around sick people daily, then yeah it’s probably better that you do get it. If you teach or work around the elderly, yeah you probably should too.. but if your healthy and you are not around any of the places I just mentioned, I honestly do not believe in my heart of hearts that you should get this. Like I said, you can protect yourself just as well if not better without it.