Jawohl! You’ve got it–National Socialism is alive and well in the good ol’ US of A. Seems like one state is making flu vaccination mandatory for preschoolers. New Jersey State Health Commissioner Dr. Fred M. Jacobs has approved the requirement that all children attending preschool or licensed day care centers will need to get an annual flu shot. Heil, Herr Commandant!
You all know my feelings on mandatory vaccinations in general, and you definitely know how I feel about the flu shot–it’s pure bunkum! I get the concept of public health; but the flu shot hasn’t been proven to protect anybody, except maybe the manufacturers of the vaccine.
According to recent reports, preschool children are “being targeted because their developing immune systems make them as susceptible to flu complications as senior citizens, and because they are more likely than older kids to spread the virus.” Uh, let me see here….don’t we need to encounter microorganisms to develop immunity? There is no long lasting immunity derived from the flu vaccine anyway, since the virus mutates rapidly and new strains pop up every year. So why force it upon the public? Isn’t it better for kids to contract the flu and strengthen their systems? I just don’t get it.
One thing I do get is the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity is the protection of non-vaccinated individuals by the large number of vaccinated people in a population. The idea is that an illness has less of an opportunity to spread as there are not enough links in the chain (non-vaccinated people) to create a full blown epidemic. So if people want to vaccinate (and, of course, many will) then, by the process of herd immunity, the population as whole will be safe. Go ahead, give ‘em out like candy. There’ll be plenty of takers. There is enough fear of illness to make the flu vaccine business boom. Why make it mandatory for everyone to subject their children to a questionable substance?
I wouldn’t want to give my child the flu vaccine (and believe me, our pediatrician tries; oh boy, does she try). Thank goodness California isn’t yet a part of the Third Reich. Put simply–the flu just isn’t a menacing enough illness for me to go there. What’s next? Chicken Pox. Oh, they try that one too. Haven’t most adults alive today had the chicken pox? But the powers that be are trying to sell us on that nonsense as well. Can’t wait till they come up with the vaccination for stupidity.
And to top it all off, that glorious Reichian state New Jersey has recently had a recall on one of its most common children vaccines. Ah very good, you guessed it, the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine. Granted this is the vaccine for the bacterial flu strain and not the viral one, but it’s still a recall. Appears that 14 million doses of the vaccine produced by Merck (them again?) were contaminated. Contaminated? Scary, man. According to the report, “It was unclear how many of the 1.2 million doses [that got out] were administered to children.” Yikes!
The report goes on to say, “Should the vaccine later prove contaminated, health officials believe most children will experience, at worst, skin irritation around the shot site. Problems could be worse for children with weakened immune systems (emphasis mine).” Isn’t that the group they are supposedly protecting? That really scares heck out of me.
Here’s my advice: Stay up on this story, and any story like it; do whatever you can to prevent its passage in your state. And if you live in New Jersey, get out as fast as you can. Heil Hib-ler!