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Whose Flu

6 October 2009, 3:11 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Health Care, Opinion.

There has been much to do about flu in recent years, from the media and government.  These days, folks seem to be quite divided about taking flu shots, and this ‘new’ H1N1 vaccine is creating quite a controversy.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I will NOT be taking a flu shot, of any kind.  And I’ll tell you why!  The last time I took one of those shots, I was more sick than I’ve ever been in my entire life, to the point I wish I would have died!  It developed into pneumonia, and lemme tell ya, if you’ve ever had that, you KNOW death might an improvement.  I have not had, nor will I EVER take another flu shot!  NEVER!  EVER!

Watch this video:

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza (source)

As most of you probably know, influenza is a contagious viral respiratory infection. Symptoms include:

* Fever
* Chills
* Runny nose
* Sore throat
* Cough
* Muscle aches
* Fatigue
* Decreased appetite

Typically, the condition will improve after two to three days of bed rest, although some symptoms may persist for about a week.

What many people do NOT know, however, is that death caused directly by the flu virus is very rare. The vast majority of so-called “flu deaths” are in fact due to bacterial pneumonia – a potential complication of the flu if your immune system is too weak.

Crap!  Except for that decreased appetite business (I wish), I’ve had the flu for the majority of the last 8 years!  :?  Ok, not really, but shoot, at some point or another, haven’t we ALL had such symptoms?  Well, perhaps not the Mr.  Honestly, he never gets sick (and I think I know why :P ).

Let’s see…it’s nippy, so I’ve got chills.  I have allergies, so we have the occasional runny snout.  Sore throat?  Yeah..a little.  Cough?  Hey, I smoke!  Morning hacks are the norm.  Muscle aches come from both old age and fibromyalgia. Right now, I’m going to blame the fatigue on the weather. Rain, rain, and MORE rain. Well, alright, let’s just say it…..lazy!

Alright, now I’m going to stop being flippant, for just a moment. Do I take the flu seriously? Oh, you bet I do. I’m sure we all have heard about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. I’m trying to figure out why they called it Spanish flu, if the flu virus tends to originate in Asia? Well, that’s neither here, nor there.



An estimated 50 million people died worldwide from this flu, with approximately 500 million reported cases. If my old brain is working correctly, that’s one in 50?  How many people die every day, because, well, because that’s what happens?  People die.  Accidents, disease, and plain old age.  We die.  We ALL will die.  No matter what we do, our bodies are going to be worm food.  That’s just the way it is, and there is NOTHING we can do about it.  We all have an appointment with death.

Now, when it comes to the panic mode that the ‘officials’ are pushing, I think people need to get ALL the facts!  I’ve done my own personal investigation, and taking into account my personal experience, I will repeat….I WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY FLU SHOT!

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  1. christmasghost. 6 October 2009, 3:19 pm

    Honey, anyone that takes that vaccine is an idiot. It hasn’t been properly trialed and there are too many risks involved. It’s better to stay away from crowded places and stay home. If you have to be in a crowded place wear a mask that is a viral one…this is going to get bad.

  2. Sean. 6 October 2009, 4:04 pm

    For the first time in my adult life I got a flu shot last year, and it was in all honesty the first time in probably 15 years I was not wiped out for a week plus by the flu. I have also heard quite a few horror stories about people who did not react well to them. I will get the flu shot again this year, but will probably skip the H1N1 version.

  3. olbroad. 6 October 2009, 6:17 pm

    @cg  I keep hearing this vaccine could do nasty things to a bod.  I’m not going to panic just because the gubmint says I should.  If it’s my time to check out, it won’t matter where I am, or what I do.  :)

    @sean  You got lucky.  Actually, many folks don’t have bad reactions to the regular flu shot.  Don’t happen to be one of ‘em m’self.  sigh…  In the long run, from what I’ve been reading, from many sources, most of the shots don’t do diddly, are for the wrong type of flu, or will make ya sicker than the proverbial dog.