Mandatory Flu Shots?  No Thanks.

Both times I’ve gotten a flu shot I’ve immediately gotten ill.

The first time was in Ohio when I was a freshman at U.D.  My mother wouldn’t let me hear the end of it until I got a flu-shot at the infirmary.  A day later, I had horrible flu-like symptoms that lasted over a week.  As I retched and moaned from my bed, I swore I would never let that happen again.

Cut to a decade later in Chicago.

With rumors in the air of an especially dangerous flu season ahead of the Midwest, my mother began her vaccination pitch on me once again.  Getting sick last time must have been a coincidence, she told me, because the shot is just a bunch of dead cells.  How could something dead get you sick, Michael?   Okay, but using that same logic, mother, how can something dead keep me well, either?

According to 22,000 nurses across America, logic has nothing to do with it.

Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines believe it’s more about the money. They doubt the effectiveness of the flu-shot and resent being forced to maintain a 90% vaccination rate among their hospital staffs.   They say it’s about big Pharma’s and the government’s increasingly authoritarian stance on mandatory vaccinations.  If the hospitals don’t comply, they lose the funding that ensures their survival.   As a result, big pharma’s flu shots become a yearly moneymaker for them, which might be would fine if they worked.

But half the time they don’t.

The nurses point out that the flu vaccine’s effectiveness has been called into question many times and that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has even admitted that this season’s flu vaccine will not work in preventing the flu for more than 50% of people who receive the vaccination.  (Link to Article)

Even our president agrees.

The flu shot is the greatest scam in medical history, created by Big Pharma to make money off vulnerable people and make them sick, warned future President Donald Trump in a 2014 phone interview with Opie and Anthony.  He slammed flu shots as “totally ineffective” and declared:

I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do.  (Link to Article)

I must be getting sick – something Trump said actually seems to make sense.

Plus, that same article makes the point that vaccines are the one medicine where no scientific evidence of safety or efficacy is required by anyone: not the FDA, not the CDC and not the media.  Of course that leaves the door wide open to abuse, and big Pharma launches itself through that door yearly with the energy of Kramer.

Which I fell for a second time.

In Chicago back then after enough phone calls from my mother, I finally gave in and actually paid for a flu shot to keep her quiet.  This time it took two days before my bones started to ache and my chest became home to a thriving mucus farm.  It took a week for me to recover, but much longer before I stopped blaming my mom for it.  It’s really not her fault.  I get why she’s pro-flu shot.

Because for her, it works.

Every year my mother gets the flu shot and thankfully never gets the flu.  Her personal evidence suggests that it’s effective, so her decision makes total sense.  Whether or not she is being manipulated by the government or big Pharma is irrelevant because in her mind the flu shot has kept her healthy.  Problem is, this year she’s making the pitch to me again, except now she’s saying, Not for you, Michael, for my grandchildren.

Oh, she’s good.

Now if I don’t get my kids flu shots and they get sick, it’ll be my fault and I’ll never hear the end of it.  Once again using guilt, my mom has forced me into getting flu shots, and I don’t like it any more than the Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines do.  Also, according to the CDC numbers, of my two children, only fifty percent of them will be protected.

I’ll just get the other one to blame Nana.

  • Mike Lukas


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