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October 11, 2010 Poll Results

Do you plan to get a flu shot this year?

Yes 48% 135 votes
No 46% 130 votes
Undecided 5% 16 votes
Total: 281 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


October 12, 2010
9:21 a.m.

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What if you were told the normal flu shot now includes vaccination for the H191 Swine Flue? Would you hesitate? Even if it is free?

October 12, 2010
3:43 p.m.

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October 13, 2010
4:35 p.m.

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I wasn't going out of my way to, but during my annual exam today, they asked me if I wanted it, and being it wasn't costing me anything, I said yes.

I wouldn't go out of my way to get one though, unless I was in one of the high risk groups.

The contived H1N1 panic, was a sham from start to finish.

October 14, 2010
8:17 p.m.

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The flu shot is important for select groups of people: namely, the children, the elderly, and teh chronicly or frequently ill.

Outside these group, it is not necessary, regardless of the highly misinformative promotions from the Dept of Health.

Here's the real facts about the "wonderful" flu vaccine. This year's flu vaccine protects against eight strains of the flu, including H1N1. Sounds great, right? Here's what they don't tell you: there are over 4 BILLION strains of the flu. They also don't tell you that flu strains constantly mutate, and that once they mutate, the vaccine is no longer effective against them.

Even if you *do* get the flu vaccine, it is not a guarantee you will not get the flu, even of the strain you were vaccinated against. The reality is that some people do get sick after receiving the flu shot. It's not common, but it happens.

DoH will tell you that you cannot come down with the flu because of the flu shot. This is basically true, except for a couple points: you (most likely) will not come down with the particular strains you are innoculated against, and because a virus (even a dead one) has been introduced into your body, your immune system has been compromised and is more susceptible to *other* viruses and bacteria.

For the record, no one has ever actually proven that flu shots prevent the flu. Certainly, many people have gotten the flu shot and not gotten the flu. However, since many people (myself included) have also *not* gotten the flu shots and have also not gotten the flu, it cannot be concluded that the shot is why those people didn't get the flu.

I would never tell anyone *not* to get the vaccination. However, it's a personal decision. It is a medical procedure, and should not and cannot be forced upon someone against their will. Perhaps the DoH should try re-reading their own code of ethics and the Patient Bill of Rights sometime.

I recommend that people in high risk categories get the vaccine, as well as anyone who *wants* it. For the rest of us, the state can stop trying to dictate how we live our lives anytime now.

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