Francis Di Domizio wrote:Rumor has it the strains they created this year's shot to fight, aren't the one that is going around.
I heard a rumor your rumor is full of shit.
Seriously, isn't the internet sufficiently rife with misinformation without people contributing thought provoking statements that commence with the clause "rumor has it"?
She might want to bring that headline into line with her concluding paragraph (which provides a "yes and no" response to the question "Waste of time?" in reference to getting a flu shot). Then again, she probably didn't write the headline, since it seems far more conclusive than the text of her article, which concludes:
Bottom line: The flu vaccine varies in effectiveness from year-to-year. Even in a best-case scenario, it won't always protect against the flu.
Also, is it too much to request that we consult a better source than fucking About.com where medical matters are concerned? Could they at least date their fucking articles? I have no idea when that was written which has serious bearing on whether or not it's really relevant.
Lastly, haven't any of you ever taken a fucking biology course? It astounds me that in the age of modern medical advances by the nanosecond that almost no one understands how a simple vaccine works. Vaccines do not prevent you from contracting viruses. They assist your body in reacting with a heightened immune response after you are exposed. This is why the CDC urges broad participation. They're not trying to stop the virus from spreading. They can't. They trying to prevent people from dying of the symptoms when the virus inevitably does spread.
You might get the vaccine and have "flu light" symptoms for a day or two. If you don't think that's preferable to a full bout, you've probably never really had the flu.
Yeah, it's not an exact science that guarantees a 100% favorable outcome. Then again, neither are most surgeries. So I suspect y'all will be passing on that the next time your doctor suggests a procedure as the "best chance" of saving your ass. I mean, we all die eventually so at best that liver resection is only buying you a handful of years, right?
Here's an idea: Skip your tetanus booster next time and then go barefoot running in a construction site. Lockjaw really only lasts a few days and the worst of it is the bone-crushing muscle spasms. Once you get past those, you're golden and honestly won't have a care in the world.
Seriously, I get why some are reluctant to get a shot that may or may not prevent a condition most don't perceive as particularly grave. What I don't get is why this is such a contentious question or why it's the people who don't participate who are the most vocal and obnoxious about it. We get it. You're not worried. You avoided a little prick and have capitalized on that missed opportunity to become an enormous one instead. Cookie for your bravery. Now shut the fuck up already. And I better not catch you coughing your ass off in the seat behind me on the bus. You catch that shit, keep it at home, asshole.