Don’t Forget to Get Your Flu Shots

By Faith Tarpley

Elm Staff Writer

Modern quality of life has been established and maintained through technological advances such as immunizations. Since the late 19th century, vaccines have been streamlined and made available for the general public in order to control the spread of disease.

The rise in the “anti-vaxxer” movement – the idea that it is in the world’s best interest not to get vaccinated – has sparked a nationwide debate. Are vaccinations still necessary in 2015?

According to Lisa Marx, director of health services at Washington College, “vaccine preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, meningitis, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus, continue to be very real public health risk.” In fact, the very first reason to get vaccinated on the National Foundation for Infectious Disease’s (NFID) website is that “vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away.”

Celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy have publicly endorsed unsubstantiated claims that vaccinations can cause conditions such as autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and foundations like Autism Speaks have both publicly stated that no such correlation exists.

Flut shots were administered by health technicians Jess and Kanchan at WC last week.
Flut shots were administered by health technicians Jess and Kanchan at WC last week.

Incorrect information about immunizations have permeated news and social media. Such false reports lead to uneducated, harmful decision making. One of the most discussed issues is a parent choosing not to vaccinate his or her children. This decision not only affects their children but also exposes their peers.

Approximately nine million children in the United States remain unvaccinated and unprotected from measles, according to NBC. This issue came to a head earlier this year when nearly 150 children were infected with measles in an outbreak at Disneyland. While most of the children infected had not been vaccinated, some had.

WC senior Elizabeth Conover notes that the danger of infection extends far beyond unvaccinated school children. “There are people who have immune deficiency diseases or cancer and they can’t get vaccines,” said Conover. “We have to get vaccinated to protect those who can’t.”

In addition to safety, there are the issues of economic stability and common decency. “If you have health insurance and choose not to get vaccinated, you have the potential to get someone who is uninsured sick,” said Regan. “That could put a huge strain on taxpayers when those infected and uninsured need to be seen by a doctor.”

The NFID said that in the United States alone “vaccine-preventable infections kill more individuals annually than HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, or traffic accidents. Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

WC, along with most colleges and universities in the United States, requires incoming students to have received a certain number of vaccinations before attending. “In an environment where people are living in close contact with one another, such as residence halls, it is very important to minimize the outbreaks of communicable disease,” said Marx.

While the College has already held it’s pneumonia vaccine clinic, Marx urges anyone who has yet to get their flu shot this season to see a health care professional as soon as possible. “Anyone who wants to get their flu shot is encouraged to go to Walgreen’s, Rite Aid, the Kent County Health Department clinics or your primary care doctor’s office,” said Marx.

One thought on “Don’t Forget to Get Your Flu Shots

  1. The Cochrane Collaboration: one of a few remaining research organizations that perform Gold Standard research states there is no value in the Flu shot. Their recent study states concludes 100 people in your immediate circle would have to be vaccinated to prevent 1 person from being infected. That’s if the viral strains in the shot are the right ones. Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults: http://onlinelibrary(dot)wiley(dot)com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub5/abstract.

    In this video-https://www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=nvXIqUyOdK4 Dr. Mark Geier explains the fraud behind the flu vaccine. Dr. Geier is NOT anti-vaccine. He is an MD and has a PhD in genetics. He spent 10 years working at the National Institute of Health, and was a professor at Johns Hopkins University as a geneticist. He is also the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications.

    He worked on vaccine safety and efficacy for more than 30 years. He was one of four scientists who worked to replace the DTP vaccine, a vaccine that caused every child to become sick with a high fever at the time of vaccination, with the DTaP vaccine, which is an attenuated vaccine and causes illness due to fever in only 3% of those vaccinated.

    In the video above, he explains that the flu shot causes Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and that the flu shot is not very effective in preventing the flu. He also explains that the CDC does not follow the law for vaccines in requiring long-term safety testing for the influenza vaccine like they do with other vaccines, as it is impossible to test a vaccine that changes every year. So the flu vaccine is basically an experimental vaccine that they want to give out to 300 million people every year. There are also no studies showing the safety of giving the flu vaccine to the same person every single year. However, Dr. Geier points out that the CDC is in the business of distributing flu vaccines, because they represent 300 million doses per year, whereas all the childhood vaccines together only number 20 million. Dr. Geier goes on to explain that flu is “the wrong thing to vaccinate against” because you have to keep re-vaccinating against it every year.

    If getting injected with neurotoxins or suffering from narcolepsy isn’t enough, expect to shed the flu virus and likely infect others if you decide to get the nasal spray vaccine.

    Information from the Centers for Disease Control website indicates “that both children and adults vaccinated with live-attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) can shed vaccine viruses after vaccination, although in lower amounts than occur typically with shedding of wild-type influenza viruses.” In one study of children in a daycare setting, 80% of vaccine recipients shed one or more virus strains for an average of 7.5 days.
    In one study of children in a daycare setting, 80% of vaccine recipients shed one or more virus strains for an average of 7.5 days. (http://www(dot)cdc(dot)gov/flu/professionals/acip/laiv-shed.htm)

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