November 6, 2009 3 Comments
Growing up, I was told a story that my grandma once exclaimed that, as a little girl, she got the swine flu and it left her without a brain… yeah. Needless to say, she was unique, god bless her simple soul, and may she rest in peace… This isn’t our first roe with the swine flu – we’ve encountered it a few times in the past, and declared it a pandemic each time.
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As I sit here fighting the common seasonal influenza, warding off the rampant rumours at work that, I am dying a slow and painful death of H1N1.
Lovely. But no. Not everyone is infected with this virus, even if that’s what they all want you to believe.
Not sure what it’s like in the US. But here in Canada – the media machines are bellowing back at you that there IS a pandemic and we will all be dying very soon of the pig flu IF and ONLY if we don’t get this vaccine … a vaccine that is in short supply. Or is it? I chuckle at the psychology behind making such a statement… the scare tactics – and sadly, it’s working. Beautifully.
Much like the propaganda machine of 1976, Canada is pushing for every Canadian to get a ‘shot’ to stop this so called pandemic. It feels more like a scam-demic in my opinion really. Not only am I not buying into the hype – but I am even less than impressed with the mishandling of the vaccine supply and the hysteria that is ensuing. I’m not the only one.
The media is the cause-provocateur for much of this anger, frustration and disbelief… fueling the tsunami of uncertainty – do I? Should I? Shouldn’t I? Why? Why not? Am I considered high risk? Who is high risk? Did you just cough on me? Government agencies aren’t any better. Liberals and NDP blaming Conservatives… finger pointing at its best. It’s a circus ring. Well saying that is really a disservice to all circus-folks out there… No. They are far more organized than our governments have been at handling this so-called pandemic. What’s worst is constant contradictions when nothing about the vaccine or the virus has changed. And what’s even more disconcerting is the fact there are no facts about the long term risks and effects of taking this drug, of being inoculated.
I’ve been asked countless times – KC, are YOU going to get the vaccine? We are all confused. People don’t know if the sky is blue or gray anymore. Do we dare get in the long line ups to get shot up or risk it? How can one make educated decisions without the facts? Or do we simply take at face value our Health Officials and Government Officials – because we KNOW without a doubt, they would NEVER lie to us… NEVER… because they are telling us that if we don’t get the shot, it will devastate, if not, wipe out entire communities. QUICK! Get your shots!!!!! Ignore the fact that all the normal safety and efficacy procedures for testing such a vaccine have been completely bypassed… Just do it because THEY are telling you to do so… it’s a pandemic afterall!!!
Look. I know what I am doing and not going to do. But I won’t tell you what you should do. You will hear the heart-wrenching stories of families loosing what would be a perfectly healthy child to sudden symptoms of H1N1. Sad – yes. But are you at risk? Educate yourself. There are many sources of information available to educate yourself about the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine. Don’t do it just because your neighbor said he/she is. Don’t do it out of fear. Fear breeds stupidity… and more fear.
Educate yourself. Read more than just one source of information. Speak to your doctor. There are risks either way. Choose the path that is best for you and your family… but YOU make that choice. Make an educated choice – not based on your BFFs reasoning, because she soooo smart. I simply cannot stress enough – do your own research. Just know all the facts – especially when it comes to what you put in your bodies.
The big bad Wolf said “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.”
The little piggy said “Fuck off or I’ll sneeze on you…”