V for Vaccine: A slightly rude film with a powerful point


A couple of kids in the Dallas area have died already from influenza — neither had been vaccinated against it.  Deaths have occurred across the nation, frequently in young, otherwise healthy people.

Nasty flu bugs going around this year, and the every-year epidemic has hit about two months early.  One part of the good news is that the vaccines this year are especially well-suited to target the viruses that cause the trouble.  The vaccines work well every year, but especially well in 2012 and 2013.

The bad news is that millions of people haven’t bothered to get vaccinated. That’s not good.

  1. Under Obamacare, there’s no copay for insurance for a flu shot.  It’s “free” if you have any kind of insurance. In addition, county health offices offer the vaccines for free to any comers.  A couple of weeks ago at the pharmacy I stood behind a woman who confessed she’d not gotten a flu shot (pharmacies are pushing vaccinations these days, to promote their mini-clinics).  “I’ve got that crappy teachers’ insurance,” she told the technician.  “It never pays for anything like that.”  The tech looked it up, and told her that her copay was zero, and her insurance paid for it — essentially a free shot, to her.  On the way into the clinic she said, “I’ve never gotten a flu shot before.”  Oy.
  2. Think Herd Immunity:  Are you usually healthy?  Great.  But if you’re pregnant, or you work around people who are or may be pregnant, or if you’re over 60, or if you have any chronic condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic sinusitis, or a raft of other things, you’re at risk, and you put others in those risk categories at risk.  My grandfather worked at a hospital while my mother and my oldest brother were living with him; after a week of my grandfather’s working in the polio ward, my brother came down with the disease.  Of course we don’t know for sure, but my grandfather kicked himself for 40 years, until his death, because he thought he’d brought home the disease my brother caught.  With vaccines, those incidents become much more rare.

Risking this blog’s G rating, I’m going to post this film, “V for Vaccine.”  Found it at New Anthropocene.  Turn up your offense filter, or ignore the language — but pay attention to what this guy says, PowerM1985:

Is it worth getting your children vaccinated if it risked them becoming autistic? In this video I give a short demonstration of why I personally believe that even if there was a risk of my child becoming autistic (AND THERE IS NOT!) I would still get them vaccinated.

You should probably know that the work of the Centers for Disease Control to correctly predict which strains of the viruses will be most prevalent, and get vaccines that will fight those viruses, has been very, very good this year.

  • Influenza A (H3N2), 2009 influenza A (H1N1), and influenza B viruses have all been identified in the U.S. this season. During the week of December 23-29, 2,346 of the 2,961 influenza positive tests reported to CDC were influenza A and 615 were influenza B viruses. Of the 1,234 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 98% were H3 viruses and 2% were 2009 H1N1 viruses.
  • Since October 1, 2012, CDC has antigenically characterized 413 influenza viruses, including 17 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses, 281 influenza A (H3N2) viruses and 115 influenza B viruses.
    • All 17 of the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses were characterized as A/California/7/2009-like. This is the influenza A (H1N1) component of the Northern Hemisphere vaccine for the 2012-2013 season.
    • Of the 281 influenza A (H3N2) viruses, 279 (99%) were characterized as A/Victoria/361/2011-like. This is the influenza A (H3N2) component of the Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine for the 2012-2013 season.
    • Approximately 69% of the 115 influenza B viruses belonged to the B/Yamagata lineage of viruses, and were characterized as B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like, the influenza B component for the 2012-2013 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. The remaining 31% of the tested influenza B viruses belonged to the B/Victoria lineage of viruses.

What are you waiting for?  Go get a flu shot!

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11 Responses to V for Vaccine: A slightly rude film with a powerful point

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I regret that your county health department is so stingy, Kay. This is one of those areas where, for a few hundreds of thousands, nationally we could provide vaccines free to all comers, and save billions in health care and emergency room services.

    Thank you for getting immunized. That helps protect all of us.

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  2. Kay says:

    I wish your comment about the vaccine being free at country health departments was true. In both SC and GA there is a charge for all vaccinations, including the Flu shot, of between $14 to $50. The flu shot was in the middle range at around $30 (about the same for getting them at a local pharmacy).The $90 that it cost for all 3 of us to get our flu shots accounts for about 20% of our monthly food budget. It made things pretty tight here for a month or so but I am glad that we did it.

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  4. David S. says:

    Even in America, the right to engage in negligent behavior that can cause the death of you or others is not always protected. Parents do not have the right to choose to put their children in seatbelts or not… and that can only affect the unseatbelted person, not the unbounded numbers that can be killed by a disease transmitted by an unvaccinated person.

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  5. [...] Darrell shares “A slightly rude film with a powerful point” — as well as some helpful resource links for broader context — in response to [...]

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  6. Jim says:

    As the parent of a child classified as “special needs”, I want to thank Ed, Ellie and the folks behind the vaccination agenda for all they have done.

    You see, you would not know our daughter was classified as “special needs”. Why? Many reasons. But not least among them is that we vaccinated and that others vaccinated their children…the ones with whom she played, studied, prayed and interacted.

    Vaccinate, people.

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  7. [...] V for Vaccine: A slightly rude film with a powerful point A couple of kids in the Dallas area have died already from influenza — neither had been vaccinated against it. Deaths have occurred across the nation, frequently in young, otherwise healthy … [...]

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  8. Ellie says:

    I am hard-hearted enough to wish everyone passing that foul canard about vaccines causing autism (especially the celebrity “experts”) be stuck in an iron lung for 24 hours — with a bad case of the shingles. But then, I’m a lucky survivor of measles and whooping cough. I even had friends who survived polio, although not without being crippled from it. Yes….in an iron lung, and yes, with shingles.

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  9. Ed Darrell says:

    P.S. Your child is alive because others vaccinate. You could have the decency to say “thank you.”

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  10. Ed Darrell says:

    Your insensitivity to people who have children with special needs including partly compromised immune systems that means a “simple” case of measles, chicken pox, flu or a variety of other diseases can be life threatening, is breathtakingly hubristic.

    No one I cited here, nor did I, say we’d happily give our children autism. You should have watched the film and listened to what the guy actually said about autism.

    There is no fact that can be stated so that some blowhard can’t blow it out of proportion and context, and ignore what it is, is there.

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  11. politicaljules says:

    I am neither all pro, or all against vaccines. I choose which one’s my child will or will not have. You see, I am pro-choice. Parents have the right to choose if they vaccinate their children or not.

    Now having said that, your insensitivity on the issue indicates to me that you’ve obviously never had a child with special needs.

    Thank God we still live in America. Not China, or Sweden where your child can be taken from you permanently if you go against the government recommendation for your children.

    Sorry I could not finish your article where you said you would happily give your child autism. That is sick.

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