It’s Flu Season

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When I was a kid there was no such thing as flu shots.  You just either got the flu or you didn’t and when you did it was bad.  You ended up with a cough, runny nose, sore throat, a bad case of the ”runs”, the projectile pukes, a high fever and alternating chills, muscle aches, and even shakes that felt like your bones rattled.

The difference is you never heard of kids dying from it on the evening news.  I mean, maybe they did?  Perhaps it wasn’t newsworthy in the 1970’s.

I got my flu shot today.  My arm is already sore as hell 1 hour post-injection.  Feels like I’ve thrown about a hundred baseball pitches. Hurts to even lift it.   Takes a full two weeks to develop immunity to the flu virus itself.  Of course the virus is always mutating so there is never 100% protection against it.

Mid flu season there’s always some major network news anchor that says the CDC got the vaccine “wrong” again and the shot you received won’t have much protection but that it will do “something.”

Which translates to me as “I just got ripped off with some fake ass useless BS.

Today, there are flu clinics held at both adult and pediatric facilities nationwide.   There were 80,000 deaths in the 2018-2018 flu season, 180 of those were children.

I think I will always wonder how we managed as kids to get the flu and survive it as children way back then.   Nowadays, you hear about kids that become ill with the flu and then die so quickly from it only two days later.

Is it because it’s a more virulent strain than the strains of yesteryear? Is it that modern day children have more compromised immune systems?  Not to thump on the immigration issue.  I’m okay with people coming here to find Amnesty but back in the 1970’s we didn’t have as many foreign people living here.  Is it possible that not only fauna and flora are coming over,  but also funky new viruses? Just a thought.

Last year I opted out of receiving the flu vaccine.  I managed just fine to skate through the entire season.   Which leads me to wonder in the vaccine industry is perhaps using propaganda to instill fear and then capitalize on big seasonal profits they receive from people like me who race out to get the shots.

What do you think? Is it all hype and fear tactics designed to generate revenue for Big Pharma or actual concern for children and adults who are most “vulnerable”?

Thoughts?

 

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6 responses to “It’s Flu Season

  • justsaltwriter

    I got a flu shot one year and felt awful after getting it.
    So I don’t get it anymore.
    (I have trust issues though.)

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  • Secret Keeper

    Personally, I will never get a flu shot and will never make my kids get them. My personal opinion is that it is all fear mongering, hype, big business and part of the process of dumbing down America in general. Mind control. I have trust issues too…:)

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    • Lexicon Lover

      That’s what I lean towards initially but then I feel paranoid for feeling that way. I think to myself could the government really be pulling this shit? But if they are profiting from chemotherapeutic agents and it doesn’t benefit patients and they have little benefit, I suppose anything is possible.

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  • Falling Ash

    I used to work in healthcare so had a flu shot every year, until one year I was sooooo ill after it, I vowed never again. My daughter had real flu last week (not just the bad cold that most people think is flu) and it really knocked her for six, bless her. I had to spend several days looking after her and the kids whilst she slept mostly.

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    • Lexicon Lover

      I’ve been doing some hard thinking. My youngest one in pre-K just got her shot and 2 days later had a fever of 101.7 !!! Fuck that shit, sorry but I’m done . I’m going to roll the dice from here on out. Statistically speaking, if 80,000 people die of influenza per year (roughly) and of that only 180 are children; that’s an extremely low number.

      What the data won’t say is what types of children these were. Were they immuno-comprised in some way, did they have asthma, diabetes, were they undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis. There are 325.7 million people living in the United States. So not to sound harsh but the odds of a child succumbing to death from the flu is infinitesimal.

      Yet, the government, the CDC, the WHO, and the NIH are all jumping to tell you to get yer shots like there a pandemic around the corner!!!!

      I think it’s a lot of horseshit. I think I’m done. ( stands off of the soap box)

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