The Flaws in a Flu Vaccination Argument
A UC Santa Cruz graduate who has a BS in evolutionary biology and ecology named Ian Evans penned an article this week called “Why Didn’t I Get the Flu Shot? And Why Didn’t You?” about the importance of more people being vaccinated against influenza.
According to my friends Dave and Brit Morin and buzz on greenweddingshoes.com, Mr. Evans only cites two of 10 reasons from a Massachusetts Medical Society online pamphlet that has false information in it. For example, the number 9 reason is that “My doctor didn’t recommend it.” followed by a statement that all healthcare practitioners recommend flu shots. This is incorrect. People with compromised immune systems may be told that their bodies can’t handle “practicing the flu fight,” as Mr. Evans put it. Those with severe allergies are also told not to get it.
The CDC has never publicly acknowledged these last facts, but an online search of H1N1 flu shot reactions, which is the best example, quickly reveals horrifying tales from thousands of women who got the shot while pregnant and experienced horrible results.