Flu Tales

by Raven on January 12, 2013

in Health Care Horrors

I’m reading lots of articles and headlines about the flu that is spreading around the country at a fast face.

This year, there is widespread flu. When you read that, you know the flu vaccine is not well matched to the current bout of flu going around. No matter what they tell you.

This season’s vaccine is well matched to the circulating strains, and there’s still some available. It is 62 percent effective, according to government study results released Friday, which is pretty good for a flu vaccine.

Note that keyword: 62% effective. Government study?? What government- the Tasmanian government? Come on people. Don’t be stupid and fall for this nonsense. This years vaccine is a total miss of the present strain- it’s obvious. The fact is we have all these vials of vaccine to use up within a month or so before they expire…most the vaccine is already paid for. What the drug companies are scared of is people remembering how ineffective this vaccine was and therefore not wanting to get a flu shot NEXT YEAR. (The people are smart)

I know the flu very well. I’ve had it and it is much worse than a really bad cold. It’s much worse than most illnesses the average person can get. I’ll never forget the experience: I got the flu shot November 3 1997. By November 6, I was so so sick I had to go to the ER for hydration. I ended up missing 16 days of work.

To this day, I will won’t get a flu shot. No way.

Prior to getting the shot, I had been on vacation for 2 weeks- and this particular time we spent up in Maine on the deserted beach in a rented cottage. No one was there. No one had been there in months. There were no people to catch the flu from. I pulled my kids out of school at the time of this vacation so it’s not like they had it either.

I have known many people who have gotten their shots, only to wake up a few days later so sick they could not move. I’ve seen SO many healthy strong people get sick within hours of getting the vaccine- and staying sick for weeks longer than the very flu they were trying not to get. I’ve also seen many weak and sickly people get the flu shot and die within days of it. I’ve seen this over and over again.

In terms of working in the health care sector, I can tell you once one member of a health care team catches the flu, it quickly becomes a very popular way to get a few days off of work. For many years, my co workers and I have not gotten the flu vaccine but we have been very careful with our hand-washing regime as well as wearing gloves, keeping our masks on when around others who are coughing and showing symptoms. I have always believed, as my experience shows me, that hand washing is far more effective at keeping the flu (and most other bugs) at bay. For health care workers, wearing a mask is the second most effective way to keep the flu away.

The true troopers of the heath care field will take whatever meds they can to suppress symptoms and will show up for work. The others will milk this illness out for all it’s worth. The general guidelines for people with flu are to stay at home until no fever for 24 to 48 hours (without meds controlling said fever). I work with many who are gleefully compelled to take total advantage of flu season every year. These co workers know how to get doctors notes that protect their jobs. And they will all get the flu shot, hoping to **get sick**– and catching a mild cold with sniffles and coughing- so they can take a week or so off from work!

While unscientific at best, my experiences have taught me to avoid the flu shot at all costs.

Yes- people die from from the flu. But these people are often already sick with diseases that effect their immune system to begin with. That’s why very young and very old people are at risk. Do I advocate vaccination for this population? I don’t. The flu shot supposedly does not make people sick but I don’t believe that and my experience has always told me something different. I live by learning from my mistakes.

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