Friday, December 04, 2009
Flu Vaccine Exposed
When I went to India, I did a lot of research on vaccines, and decided to only take anti-malaria tablets and skip the suggested vaccines. One of the guys in my office that did go for the vaccines got an infection from the shot and got really sick and ended up not being able to go on the trip at all. It seemed to me that the chances of complications from the vaccine itself were at least as risky as what the vaccines were supposed to prevent on my Asia trip since I was going to be spending most of my time in Bangalore which is a modern city. I didn't get sick, so I guess my risk taking worked out. Here's a short video that summarizes the information on which I based my decision years ago to not get the annual flu shot, but don't confuse my view on flue vaccines and travel vaccines for me being an "anti-vaxxer." That is a totally different, albeit related, topic that is full of hype and hysteria.