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Those are just a sample of former players on this board. Anyway, I have a question that they should be able to answer. Kelly was talking about the annual flu bug that goes through the locker room and I wondered - do the players not get offered free flu shots?
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Yep, the "medical profession" sure has batted a thousand lately. No offense but flu shots are typically a waste because each year the flu virus can be much different than the last. If your immune system is compromised by the vaccine, it could be overrun by the real bug.
I won't even begin to speak to the ridiculous practice of giving kids 3 vaccines at one time.
I never claimed the medical community was perfect. Name me one profession that is? At the end of the day, when you're involved in a medical crisis (car accidents, cardiac arrest, cancer) I'm fairly certain you turn to us for help. Why? Not because were perfect, but we because have the best information and the best chance for a favorable outcome. Of course, the influenza virus evolves every year. That is precisely the reason why we determine likely mutation and formulate a vaccine to address the most likely insult. There is still a chance you might get the flu even with the vaccine, but that is due to other minor strains. Your comment shows a complete lack of understanding on how vaccines or the immune system operates. Read a reputable journal. Research the history of polio, measles, smallpox, rubella, etc; diseases that were wiping out children before they learned how to ride a bicycle. This happened less than 100 years ago, you just so happened to grow up in a world where vaccines were the norm and the threat of polio was eradicated. Lucky you. I am infuriated when a child shows up in the clinic with measles, because her parents thought they were so much smarter than a vast preponderance of professionals dedicating their lives to keeping you and your family healthy. :end rant
will add three items
1 as a PA student despite shot got the "bug" while on pediatreics:
wished could have died. (prior poster has already noted my bug
was not necessarioly the flu)
2 got flu shot every year and found
reaction to vaccination/shot declined over time,
and despite huge exposure (around flu patients all day
every winter) got less illnesses over time.
3 my brother despite numerous reviews of medical and personnel facts
does not "believe " in flu shots.
Am NOT trying to argue flu is the best of vaccines .
Just because some other vaccines are more effectilve
and longer lasting; does not effect the
flu shot vs no flu shot question.
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