As we barrel headlong into the teeth of another killer flu season, public health officials have assumed their usual role of fear-mongering vaccine salesmen and women.
And, as usual, their exhortations to line up for their life-saving potions are falling on largely disinterested ears.
My home-town paper, The Daily News, reports
More than half of adults most at risk of complications or death from the flu don't plan to get vaccinatedthe paper states, “aggressively” pushing the vaccine
It’s an American thing. Yeah, that’s it. The reckless cowboy mentality. Surely across the pond (where shots are jabs) the situation is radically different; yet the UK’s Daily Telegraph finds much the same thing, its headlines declaring:
People shunning influenza vaccineAnd what would this tepid “demand” be like without the constant hype and harassment emanating from the government and its public health apparatus? After all the CDC – itself part of the vaccine industry – spends millions of tax dollars marketing these vaccines through “Influenza Vaccine Week,” the website flu.gov, and videos and quizzes exposing so-called vaccine “misconceptions”
One misconception preventing us from rending each other limb from limb in order to secure their live-preserving elixirs is that the flu shot causes the flu. Nothing could be further from the truth claim the experts.
On The Huffington Post, Dr. Glenn Braunstein while urging readers to “Roll Up Your Sleeves for Flu Season” sets the record straight.
It cannot be said enough: The flu shot does not cause the flu. The viruses used in the making of the vaccine are killed in the process. Randomized, blinded studies confirmed that the only symptom those who received the flu shot rather than salt water were more likely to develop was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site.
Soreness the only symptom? Not according to vaccine package inserts. For example Fluvirin, produced by Novartis states:
The most frequently reported adverse reactions are … influenza-like symptoms.While 14-18% of those vaccinated with Sanofi’s Fluzone were similarly rewarded with flu-like symptoms such as head and muscle aches and malaise.
The flu shot: bypass the flu and just get the symptoms. Brilliant!