Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Flu shot or not?

Over the Christmas holiday, we had 14 people staying at our house. The ages ranged from 17mos. to 76 years.  Nine of these folks had the flu shot; five did not.  Yet only three did not contract any flu symptoms.  Two of the three had the shot while one did not.

So, the question remains.  Do you get the flu shot or not?  Since I was one in the no-shot category, and probably had the most severe case one would conclude that the wise thing would be was to have been innoculated.  But wait, my husband, who is in the shot category, was no doubt a second as far as flu severity goes.

Ironically, just a week before Christmas I read an article about this year's batch of vaccine being the best in years since it covered such a wide range of flu strains.  I truly believed I had a better than average chance of not coming down with the flu because of this. 

I'm beginning to think the yearly flu shot campaign is just another scare tactic to dupe the public into paying for something that works minimally at best.  Our health system is more interested in profit-making than in being concerned about our physical well-being.

I'm sick of going to doctors who have no answers to the health problems we present them with.  No matter what the complaint might be, you bet your bippie they will prescribe useless tests that you already know will be inconclusive.  They prescribe medicines that have so many adverse side effects, it's a wonder more of us don't die after taking the first dose. 

Our medical professionals need to get off their high horses and listen to their patients because we certainly know our bodies better than they ever could.  Together we could find the best way of handling our current symptoms and avoid ineffective treatments. 

Flu shot or not?  That's for you and your doctor to decide.