Monday, October 6, 2014

Vaccinations, and the interwebby's disinformation.

So, my wife sends an email to me and a few close friends:

Interresting that a ***** mom nurse copied this and sent it out.

It is quite interesting that both health and government officials are persuading the entire United States population to inject disabled canine DNA, neutralized canine kidney cells, and potential cancer-causing agents into the body. The flu vaccine is not even guaranteed to protect against all strains of the flu virus; in fact, it only protects against three.
It is extremely important for anyone who is considering obtaining a flu shot to understand the flu vaccine ingredients and to know exactly what is being injected into the body. Is it really worth purposely getting sick from the flu shot when the chances are slim that the vaccine will shield the body from the type of virus each individual is exposed to? The decision is up for the taking.


I replied a little robustly.

Interesting, sure. Right, well, I'm not sure that I agree with that.

Besides, I have to get a flu shot if I want to keep my job! One of the benefits is that I get to talk to nurses, doctors, researchers, pharmacists, administrators, etc. about health issues on a daily basis. Overwhelmingly, the support is for vaccines.

Ok, this is a hot topic with me, so I reply to all with several links and too many words. Science is on the side of vaccines. There, I said it. I disagree with the writer, and the nurse Mom. 

The interestingly named website "Ifuckinglovescience" has this great article which I read a while ago.. This is excellent. If you stop after reading this, you'll be better informed than most. click on the links in it!

Here, I run into nurses who are super smart and nurses that, well, let's just say they don't grasp the finer details. Some nurses are anti-vaccination, and I happen to think that's wrong. It's also not just the USA, the advice to get the flu vaccine is world-wide. WHO | Influenza vaccines


#1, I don't trust the writer, the language she uses is that of an editorial rather than a news article: "Is it really worth purposely getting sick from the flu shot when the chances are slim that the vaccine will shield the body from the type of virus each individual is exposed to? The decision is up for the taking. " Seriously, who writes like that?  "purposely getting sick?" The "decision is up for the taking?"

I also don't trust the site,, even though it presents itself as Liberty-minded, the citizen-journalist model has flaws

Here are the other stories that writer has posted on that site, things like : Author Archives

#2, there are many types of flu vaccines, some egg-based, some even insect based, but not all have canine cells. Here's what the CDC has to say about how vaccines are made: 

#3.  An estimated 32,000 deaths per year in the USA over the last 10 years from the seasonal flu. 

#4. The benefits: 
  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes, like hospitalizations and deaths.
    • A recent study* showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.
    • One study showed that flu vaccination was associated with a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults of all ages and a 77% reduction among adults 50 years of age and older during the 2011-2012 flu season.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. Vaccination was associated with lower rates of some cardiac events among people with heart disease, especially among those who had had a cardiac event in the past year. Flu vaccination also has been shown to be associated with reduced hospitalizations among people with diabetes (79%) and chronic lung disease (52%).
    • Vaccination helps protect women during pregnancy and their babies for up to 6 months after they are born. One study showed that giving flu vaccine to pregnant women was 92% effective in preventing hospitalization of infants for flu.
    • Other studies have shown that vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-related hospitalizations in older adults. A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness over the course of three flu seasons estimated that flu vaccination lowered the risk of hospitalizations by 61% in people 50 years of age and older.
References for the studies listed above can be found at Publications on Influenza Vaccine Benefits.

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