I was writing this up as a reply to the comment on my last post, but it got a little long and I thought I should share it on the main page instead of hidden in a comment section.
Firstly, here’s the comment from my best friend, whom I deeply respect:
Donâ€™t forget the Thermosol, the additive in immunizations that helps them â€œkeepâ€ on a shelf. Did I add that Thermosol has mercury in it? As in the mercury â€œtheyâ€ tell is us is bad to eat in certain kinds of fish but it is OK to inject in our veins?
Here’s my biased response:
Alright…let’s talk here. I know you’ve been led into the world of “immunizations are bad,” but do you really think you’re listening to all the facts? Let me only reply to your comments about the flu shot:
1) No one tells you not to eat fish. People are told not to overeat on certain fish that contain high levels of mercury. No doctor would have a problem with you sitting down and eating a known mercury-containing fish. They would tell you not to eat one every day for a week or two. Compare that to my flu shot. The flu shot did not contain enough mercury (and I’m taking your word for it that it contains mercury at all) for me to get sick. End of that point.
2) The flu shot does not get injected into your veins. It gets injected into your muscles. End of the point of mercury getting injected into your veins.
Let me continue, letting you connect these next few points yourself:
3) I have asthma.
4) The flu is not, as some people believe, as stomach virus, making people feel nauseous or giving them diarrhea. The flu is a respiratory disease. It attacks your lungs, your sinuses, your throat and the likeâ€¦mostly your lungs, though.
5) I come into contact with sick people, some of which are sick from the flu and some of which are merely carrying the flu virus, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (if I don’t work overtime).
6) Even forgetting the point of me catching the flu, revisit point 5. It is my responsibility as a healthcare employee not to pick up a flu virus from one patient and then pass it on to the next patient I touch/breathe on/whatever, who is already sick and therefore immunocompromised.
7) Even a little more personal: The last time I had the flu, or a flu like virus (I didn’t get actual flu testing, so I can’t be 100% sure), I feel I almost died. It was about 7.5 years or so ago now and I laid in bed for one week. When I was awake, I felt that I was only continuing to breathe by an effort of sheer will. My body did not feel, to me, like it was breathing on it’s own, and I felt that if I didn’t physically force myself to breathe, then I wouldn’t. Is that something you’d wish on me a second time, if I possibly had the tools to avoid it?
Look at the points. Weigh them out objectively. Is it or is it not my responsibility to obtain a flu shot every year, for myself foremost but also for others, regardless some non-threatening amounts of mercury?