On The Swine Flu

Get the vaccine. From Movin’ Meat:

Seriously.  And get the damn shot.

In our community, there was a six-year old with H1N1 who developed pneumonia and staph sepsis (MRSA, of course).  Resulted in septic emboli and necrotizing fasciitis. Very grim prognosis.

Get the shot.

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3 thoughts on “On The Swine Flu

  1. Espy Morrel says:

    With the odd occurrences taking place this year with vaccinations (Baxter sending contaminated batches of a vaccine to 16 different countries), the false start hysteria at the end of the spring, the rush to market with the most minimal safety trials and the virtual legal immunity granted to vaccination manufacturers in the event of an unusual amount of deaths or adverse reactions, “get the vaccine” or “get the damn shot” as a marching order seems to be an inconsistent admonition in comparison. Videos like the one shown here are parlaying the fears of people at best, a classic psyops trick to bypass critical thinking about matters that could potentially damage the entire nervous system of a person. And as there is absolutely no legitimate scientific evidence to assure the safety of the swine flu vac, it’s beyond me why so many are lauding it as some panacea that will stave off Resident Evil: America. And even if there was a tenuous amount of support for it (as the PR campaigns tell us but sound highly suspect), individuals must weigh the promoted benefits and the obvious risks and choose for themselves.

    The Atlantic has one of the more reasonable analysis of the swine flu hysteria I’ve come across in the mainstream periodicals:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200911/brownlee-h1n1

    Where the cookie may crumble, people don’t need to be ordered to get the swine flu shot whether it be by the officialdom on the tel-lie-vision, mandatory vaccination laws or forced quarantines. “Just get the damn vaccine” was the advice of a woman in a recent broadcast as she proceeds to tell us that government and health officials aren’t lying to us as if it so odd that anyone in their right mind could distrust government officials. Those looking closely have seen that the “noble lie” is a running motif in the history of our virtuous leaders. And based on “cui bono?”, we should always be careful that we don’t swallow the Trojan horse simply because someone else says it provides protection.

    Just like the good ol’ government officials can classify anything, even the most innocuous things, as “terrorist activity” these days, I’m sure that same scientific technique can be applied to the CDC’s determination of what is H1N1. Stimulate market demand. Hell, I don’t really care that they are selling it. They can sell whatever the hell they want. Be careful we don’t buy it hook, line and sinker over sensationalized “maybe” scenarios.

    Espy

  2. Eapen Thampy says:

    Your call for robust skepticism is never inappropriate and it is certain that everyone in the debate has a vested interest; however I’m not sure that your claim that there is no legitimate scientific evidence regarding the safety or efficacy of the drug is true. Have you done a literature search beyond the article in the Atlantic? I would recommend a literature search on PubMed for starters. Neither existence of robust disagreement amongst reasonable people (and especially scientists) or the fact that different organizations have aligned incentives is proof of a conspiracy.

    And I don’t think that septic emboli or necrotizing faciitis are ‘maybe’ scenarios here….

  3. Espy Morrel says:

    Yes, my friend, I’ve done an exhausting search though I would never say that I have it all figured out. I felt that The Atlantic article was the closest article that didn’t binge on the rotten flesh of outright conspiracy. I’ll look into PubMed though I have to admit that I am impartial to allopathic medicines and its various remedies, not to mention the various interests (“hidden hands”) behind promulgating certain scientific conclusions. And with a cursory peek at the website, I’m already feeling I’d be slow to concede but I will rummage through some articles of interest.

    Septic emboli or necrotizing facitis presents an ad hod ergo proctor hoc as it pertains to the swine flu. I’ve noticed that the spokespersons for the health industry have been quick to swat away that idea that there might be associations between the vaccination and neurological dysfunction i.e the autism epidemic. I think we can apply that to the case of this unfortunate six-year old. In an age of genetically modified foods, poisoned water and toxic air, who knows how many contributing factors could lead to such a crippling malady….for all we know, the supposed swine flu could be an ancillary cause. I guess we shall see….

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