Fri, Oct 19 2012 at 11:15 PM
Bottom line: influenza kills, every year. Indisputable. Influenza vaccine helps protect against seasonal influenza. Indisputable. Cost of vaccine: minimal. Cost of NOT getting influenza: priceless. For the healthy ones out there, you NOT getting the flu stops the spread to those who might DIE because they caught it from you. Risk of vaccine: infinitesimal (but real, and related to immune system-modulated responses). Risk of chemical toxicity from vaccine: zero. Do the elderly and the very young a favor: get vaccinated so you don't become a vector of disease to either population, who don't do well with influenza.
Fri, Oct 19 2012 at 9:04 PM
You got a vaccine from Salk? Wow. I've had the opportunity to do a lot of third world medicine, I've seen measles and mumps, I've seen kids deformed by German measles, beggar children crippled by polio.... preventable. All preventable. And certainly NOT by taking vitamin D (though I'd love to give that to them as well!).
Fri, Oct 19 2012 at 8:53 PM
Really? You're silly. Do you drink alcohol? If so, do you realize that alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde (one carbon away from formaldehyde) and circulates in your system? That the liver metabolizes formaldehyde very well, thank you very much? The amount of formaldehyde preservative in that vaccine is the equivalent of less than two sips of wine? Flu KILLS, friend. It can, and does, kill otherwise healthy people. And I guarantee you, not one of those previously healthy people expected to be dead from flu. But hey, life's risk. I hope you choose wisely, regardless of whether it's vaccine, paragliding, speeding, mountain climbing, etc.