Read the article and come back. It's ok, I'll wait on you.
You're back? Great! The Center for Disease Control recommends flu shots for 86% of the population. They are even recommending children 8 and younger get TWO shots!
But Ed, aren't they just wanting to protect everyone from the Flu?
Last season, flu killed 86 children.
The flu shot is not free, it costs anywhere from 12 to 25 dollars depending on where you get it. I don't know what the profit is per shot, but let's use an arbitrary number like $5. If all 145,000,000 doses are sold, it would mean a profit of 725,000,000, which is a very conservative estimate.
Any time a child dies it is a tragedy, but lets put this in perspective. 9.2 million children died in 2007 world wide due to various causes. One in one hundred and fifty children in the U.S. have autism.
Thimerosal, the Mercury based preservative that is widely believed by some to be the culprit behind the autism epidemic is still in most flu shots. Thimerosal was (suposedly) removed from all vaccines in 2003. It is still in the vaccines, but only in trace amounts. The flu vaccine was the exception. I don't know why they didn't remove it from the flu vaccine, but my guess would be that it comes down to money.
So what is the best way to get people to do what you want? To scare the shit out of them of course!
From the Denver Post article
Over the past decade, flu seasons have been sporadically marred by shortages or excesses of vaccine and, in the case of last year, relatively poor protection against the strains of influenza causing illness.
None of those problems is anticipated this year, said Julie Gerberding, the CDC's director.
"I have a smile on my face this year because we are looking at a wonderful supply of flu vaccine," she said.
Thanks Julie. But didn't you recently admit Thimerosal can cause autism?
(Note, I didn't make this video, but the information in it is good.)
So if she knows Thimerosal can trigger autism, why is she smiling about the abundance of flu shots? This behaviour is morally reprehensible and possibly criminal.
For those who think after reading this still think they need a flu shot, be aware you can ask for a non-Thimerosal shot. If the nurse doesn't know what that means, ask to see the insert box.