Delcamp: Inoculation NationWritten by Chris Delcamp | | firstname.lastname@example.org
To get, or not to get is the question on many minds when it comes to the flu vaccine.
Doctors and pharmaceutical companies say the vaccine in shot form contains the top strains of the virus, allowing your antibodies to become active to fight off future exposure. They say there are a few effects when receiving the shot however, the mist vaccine does contain a live virus, which means to me that you are just asking to get the flu.
The conspiracy theorists say that the flu shot is a way for the government to inject the masses with tiny microchips so we can be tracked, and an accurate census can be taken. This could explain why they give out the vaccine for free in the lower-income areas.
While usually against vaccination, I have received my 2013 flu shot. It was my first vaccine in 10 years. I decided to get the shot because my wife’s mother has Stage 4 cancer, and can’t be exposed to any germs like the flu because her body cannot fight them off.
I wrestled with it because I don’t condone putting any foreign substance inside my body if I am unsure of its origin and ingredients. More so when I see that the flu shot contains things like cow bone marrow and mercury.
I wait for flu season and anticipate one television news station after another doing their best renditions of “what local and government officials tell us” about the ever-dangerous flu and how people die from it every year.
I watch every year as the lines form around city blocks as people wait with their families to get inoculated, as if it were a lottery giveaway. When asked (and I have asked), people are borderline terrified of not getting this “miracle” vaccine. They realistically think death is a possibility should they abstain.
What news usually fails to mention, perhaps because the idea is less “juicy,” is that those death cases are extremely rare. And they usually involve either an infant with a still-developing immune system or someone whose health is much more at risk, like the elderly or cancer patients.
I also encounter folks who claim to have the flu, and end up missing days of work because of it. While I do believe that most people who claim this are in fact sick, I don’t think they can determine that they have the flu just by taking their own temperature, and talking about the terrible emissions that have been leaving their body.
That being said, I ended up getting sick right when the flu craze began this season. I was down and out for a total of five days, which was a bit longer than I would expect. I went to the doctor, to be told that there is an aggressive, long-lasting virus going around, but they could not pinpoint a certain strain or determine if I was indeed infected with the flu. So I did what anyone would have done. I went home, sat on the couch, and watched “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” on my DVR to refresh my memory for the upcoming seasons.
Lo and behold, that, combined with grilled cheese and soup three times a day, and I recovered. I had not died, nor even become violently ill. I just felt gross for a few days. Then I got better.
I should note that I got the vaccine upon my visit to the doctor after I was already sick. I’m told it’ll take two weeks to take effect, so I must stay healthy until my cure-all kicks in.
I am a firm believer that when you get sick, your body’s ability to fight off that sickness will make it that much more powerful, like working out a muscle. And if I must endure a few days of being a baby while my better half takes care of me, then so be it.
Don’t buy into the media frenzy about getting sick, but recognize that the information the media sends out to the public is not “media hype,” but rather information they receive from outlets that claim to hand out fact. “Claim” being the operative word.
Conspiracy theorists … conspire away.
Chris Delcamp is a reporter and videojournalist for WNWO-TV. Email him at email@example.com.