Another flu season upon us and, again, i will spend many hours talking with people about getting vaccinated. I am pretty passionate about vaccinations–because I have seen the DEATHS–yes–the DEATHS that occur from illnesses, for which there are vaccines.
I think that just to ask somebody whether or not they wish to have a “flu shot” or a “whooping cough shot” or whether they want to vaccinate their children, needs to go a WHOLE lot further that simply accepting and recording that the “patient declined”
INFORMED? Not yet? I take the time to INFORM my patients of the potential risk of DEATH if they were to contract the illness. I talk in general about the history of epidemics, home and worldwide—and tell them about the THREE young women I knew who DIED the first time they got the flu, about the kids who died when I was a child before the availability of the polio vaccine.
One pregnant woman was literally in the hospital working, when she suddenly developed shaking chills and said that she felt like she was ‘hit by a Mack truck’—within MINUTES she was rapidly screened and found positive for flu. She was given –all within 30 minutes of onset of symptoms—Tamiflu–the usual instructions—go home, drink plenty of fluids, and come back if you have any trouble breathing, or feel worse—the same information that is given to tens of thousands of people who come to the ER with the flu every single year–costing the country BILLIONS of dollars in healthcare.
EMS was called to her home 6 hours later—she had to be intubated (tube down the windpipe), while racing to the hospital—-and despite being sent by helicopter to a HUGE, well renowned, hospital, she was SO ill that they barely managed to get the baby out of her before she DIED.
CLICK HERE TO READ NEWSPAPER ARTICLE—and it isn’t “fake news”
Another young lady (only 22)—that is something else that drives me nuts–people think that the flu only kills of the “old” or the “ill”—WRONG WRONG WRONG! It has killed MILLIONS of HEALTHY YOUNG ADULTS AND CHILDREN! Anyway –this young lady was the daughter of a pediatrician I worked with. He had other daughters–but this young lady was away at college–and there happened to be a vaccine shortage that year–same year as the pregnant lady by the way. She called him to say that she was unable to get vaccinated–she had tried college clinic, and private clinic–but no vaccine. Her dad reassured her that he had one in the fridge for her–and that she could get it when she got home in 10 days–after exams–just use sanitizer, and stay away from anybody sick, and she could get the shot when she came home for XMAS break. It’s almost like she had a premonition! This girl had no health issues!
She also had a 2 year old daughter.
SHE WAS BURIED DURING XMAS BREAK!—Got the flu—killed her.
Here is one of the newspaper coverage:
I could go on–there are so many deaths—-but I ask you, “How many people do you know personally who have died form getting the vaccine–or any vaccine?”
All I see on the news is the flu deaths each year.
This blog by a physician mom who lost her little boy to the flu drove me to write this post: Healthy toddler dies from the flu.
So–why the fear of vaccinations?
We are at a time in history where information is circulated by social media–faster that studies can be done to see if the things being said are actually true.
MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people receive vaccines each year. Just by that vast number–you are going to get some deaths occurring around the time of vaccination–but is it actually because of vaccination?
It is VERY understandable that if someone dies shortly after receiving a vaccine, that loved ones would blame the vaccine.
The people affected to this degree are my age today, and STILL spend many hours a day in their iron lung machine! Can you even imagine!
I do write on this in my pregnancy and prenatal post–but it is real–this news-clip from Moncton, Canada–the year I arrived in Amherst. At that time, women in Nova Scotia (30 miles away from Moncton), were not being vaccinated in pregnancy—-now they are– with EACH pregnancy.
You get the gist—I am very much in favour of vaccinations–and most people I talk to will get it—if they don’t, they certainly can’t say they didn’t know what could happen!
Oh–and you young folks out there—-even YOU must know of BILL GATES ?
Like the RICHEST man in the world?
Invented modern computer software?
Did you know he is donating his BILLIONS of dollars back to mankind in various ways?–and two of his BIGGEST donations are VACCINATIONS and birth control. Click on link to hear Bill Gates–very proud that polio is on verge of wipeout in Sub Sarhara Africa.
TIDBIT OF TRIVIA
In case you couldn’t tell by my “language”, I am a Newfoundlander. Did you know that Newfoundland was the FIRST place in the New World to introduce smallpox vaccine–in Trinity , Newfoundland–administered by Dr. John Clinch–a medical colleague of Jenner (who, although he didn’t discover the means of vaccination–was the first to widely publish his findings, and bring about worldwide vaccinations).
OK—vent over…….love to hear your comments–and be civil!