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All Of Your Reasons To Not Get A Flu Shot Are Horribly Wrong (Also, Really Dangerous)

A lot of people have written in to me to yell about how I am a fraud because I'm helping the CDC and Big Pharma and who knows who else because I advocate that everyone get immunized from the flu. Their arguments range from, "Never got it, never had one" to "Got it, it made me sick" to "It's just a scam to pad the pocketbooks of Big Pharma" — even though most pharmaceutical companies refuse to produce flu vaccines because they don't make them enough profit. Even if you don't catch the flu, you can still carry it. And you can make other people sick — people who, upon getting the flu, can actually DIE and stuff. The elderly, the young, and pregnant women are all more susceptible to the flu, with symptoms far worse than you're likely to have. The flu vaccine isn't about you. It's about the people AROUND YOU. So learn the facts before making a final decision.


Watch it. Share it. Then go take a shot for the team — the team being everyone you know and love in the US of A. Or if you aren't going to, at least have the decency to tell me why. (Please include peer-reviewed science links and/or be allergic to eggs.) I really want to know, because this isn't just your health we're talking about.


At :35, they point out that vaccines can't give you the flu, THOUGH THEY USED TO.

At 1:20, they explain how when you get sick right after a shot, it's not what you think.

At 1:58, they explain how flu shots are 85% effective. But, yes, you can still get the flu (though not because of the shot).

At 2:19, they explain how flu shots aren't about you, but everyone you ever go near — including babies and old people.

At 2:59, they explain that the flu will still kill some people — but not because of you getting a shot. There'd be more potentially killed if you didn't. Just sayin'.

And at 3:15, they list who really should not take the flu vaccine. In the words of my friend who REALLY can't get vaccinated, "I'm allergic to eggs so the standard flu vaccine is off-limits for me, and it pisses me off when people who could get vaccinated don't and then infect me."

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