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    For anyone that wants a little more information than "Inside Edition" or Facebook will provide, here's a little lite reading.

    Is anyone really basing dicisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev74 View Post
    Is anyone really basing dicisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not.
    Not speaking for anyone else, but as a parent of a child with Autism (which many people feel is connected with vaccines) my wife and I have been researching vaccines and their effects for a few years, and continue to do so. Our decision not to use the flu vaccine, or many other vaccines for that matter, is based on our findings, not from what is put on TV or email.

    Forgive me is my post wasn't scientific or fancy enough for you. Irregardless of where it came from, I felt it did a good job of summarizing a lot of the information into a short space and didn't require the other members to click multiple links. I'll refrain from posting any more on the subject since, even though the information is correct, the source I used did not meet your standards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev74 View Post
    For anyone that wants a little more information than "Inside Edition" or Facebook will provide, here's a little lite reading.

    Is anyone really basing dicisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not. ...
    Thanks kev for "saving" the thread with the only (self proclaimed) intelligent post.

    We are not worthy.

    Maybe you could post your email address so that the proletariat can clear all future posts with you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    Thanks kev for "saving" the thread with the only (self proclaimed) intelligent post.

    We are not worthy.

    Maybe you could post your email address so that the proletariat can clear all future posts with you?
    You're right and I'm sorry. I had no right to provide a few different sources of information about the topic at hand and in doing so, belittle the valuable information Inside Edition brought us via YouTube. Any way, what do scientists know anyway...except for all that stuff they learned in school and through experiments?

    It should be noted that one of my MySpace friends told me that Inside Edition was originally scheduled to show a story about Balloon Boy and a celebrity that went to rehab, but instead showed a piece about a cheerleader who may or may not have gotten sick from a flu shot because that story was so important.

    But, if it would make you feel better to clear your future posts with me, my message box here at HGF has lots of room. I'll get my OK back to you right after I find out what Britney Spears is up to... Important stuff first, you know!

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    Oh my, we are back to the age old question of which of the many sources of absolute truth shall we trust today.

    When the powers that be try their best to force feed us with a pandemic for 2 or 3 years running I tend to not believe they are being up front with us.

    Someone is simply trying to get in our pocket book one more time and they don't realy care if a few of us die in the process.

    I opt out.


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    so the latest headline in the local media says "1000 deaths from H1N1 in the US",....

    so what...the regular flu kills around 36000 every year...just in the US...worldwide, the annual death toll from the flu is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000.


    ....sorry no links to sources, this thread has enough links already.

    edit: oh, alright... http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease...ted_deaths.htm
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    Easy there guys...no need to get so riled up. It just kills the discussion.

    Anyways, the bit about the cheerleader seems dubious to me. A lot of people have been calling it a hoax since that came to light, and several doctors apparently say it's legit. Apparently the only way to actually verify that condition is implanting EKG sensors in the affected muscle tissues, which is rather destructive.

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    For what it's worth, I thought Kev's post was well intentioned. Nothing wrong with doing our best to get the facts straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLB View Post
    For what it's worth, I thought Kev's post was well intentioned...
    Huh? Well intentioned?

    I guess if you ignore the actual post and only look at the links, one might reach that conclusion. But here's the actual post:
    Posted by kev74
    For anyone that wants a little more information than "Inside Edition" or Facebook will provide, here's a little lite reading.

    Is anyone really basing decisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not.
    Yes sir. That really sounds "well intentioned" to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev74
    Is anyone really basing decisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not.
    Although more abrasively phrased than I would hopefully choose (depends on my mood), I'd be inclined to agree with that sentiment, James. Kev provides an opposing viewpoint around here quite frequently, which IMO leads to people better examining their own position. If his statement above matches you, maybe you should be considering why you're reacting the way you are, if not, don't sweat it.

    As it is, my decision whether to get the shot or not is moot at this point. H1N1 is running rampant in my area now, and I may have had it already, since I had symptoms indicating it (no fever was the only one that didn't match). From people I've talked to, it's not really much different from the regular flu; it just spreads a bit quicker, judging from the number I know who've had matching symptoms already.

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    No shot for me. Last flu shot I had messed me up bad. I shall take my chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    Huh? Well intentioned?

    I guess if you ignore the actual post and only look at the links, one might reach that conclusion.
    A bit cynically worded as KG noted, but the concept of considering the source is valid I think. Few here that stay for any length of time have thin skins, and that's a valuable trait when considering opposing opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kg333 View Post
    Although more abrasively phrased than I would hopefully choose (depends on my mood), I'd be inclined to agree with that sentiment, James. Kev provides an opposing viewpoint around here quite frequently, which IMO leads to people better examining their own position. If his statement above matches you, maybe you should be considering why you're reacting the way you are, if not, don't sweat it...KG
    Sometimes lately I think I may have been transported to Bizaro world. Don't words have meaning anymore? Are there no such things as logic, common sense, reason, or reality anymore? Kev posts a line of smart ass BS, and he is "well intentioned"? The country is going broke so we are gonna spend our way out of it? Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama won't send extra troops to Afghanistan because he can't spare them in the war against Fox? What idiot would think a normal person would decide on whether or not to get a flu shot based upon "a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email "? I guess simple minded people look for simple answers?

    For the record, and to put some minds to rest, I decided not to get the H1N1 shot before I watched the " celebrity gossip tv show". And while I can't speak for Todd, my guess is he made his decision before he received a "forwarded email".

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    And while I can't speak for Todd, my guess is he made his decision before he received a "forwarded email".

    Waaaaaaay before.

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    I know I'm not taking the flu shot and neither is my wife or son....

    I'm sorry but the Government is trying to push everyone to get the shot but yet the President openly admits that he isn't letting his daughters get the shots???? WTF?? No thank you.. I will pass.

    I haven't had a flu shot since I was 12 and haven't had the Flu since I.......was......well.....12!

    edit:: I'm 26 now btw...

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    I'll pass on the red herrings.

    I would have thought that of all the members here, James would be one of the first to appreciate a bit of "smart assed BS". There are a few very sharp wits here. It's one of the reasons I like this place.

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    I'll bite on the red herrings.

    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    Sometimes lately I think I may have been transported to Bizaro world. Don't words have meaning anymore? Are there no such things as logic, common sense, reason, or reality anymore? Kev posts a line of smart ass BS, and he is "well intentioned"? The country is going broke so we are gonna spend our way out of it? Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama won't send extra troops to Afghanistan because he can't spare them in the war against Fox? What idiot would think a normal person would decide on whether or not to get a flu shot based upon "a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email "? I guess simple minded people look for simple answers?
    This is a smoke screen ignoring the topic at hand(with a wee bit of flame there at the end). FYI, I know a lot of well-intentioned people who also can be smart asses, and a lot of people who are heavily influenced by chain emails and trashy TV.

    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    For the record, and to put some minds to rest, I decided not to get the H1N1 shot before I watched the " celebrity gossip tv show". And while I can't speak for Todd, my guess is he made his decision before he received a "forwarded email".
    This is replying to the argument, i.e. logic you were bemoaning the death of above.

    Instead of either refuting Kev's argument, which you could have done three posts back with the comment quoted immediately above, or ignoring it as a case of "shoe doesn't fit", you felt it necessary to sarcastically brow beat him and everyone else who felt he had a valid point, even if they disagreed with how it was stated. "What happened to common sense" indeed. I'm finished here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLB View Post
    ...I would have thought that of all the members here, James would be one of the first to appreciate a bit of "smart assed BS"...
    Ouch! Was that a dig???

    Actually, I don't believe my characterization of kev's post as "smart assed BS" was really accurate. See below.

    kg333 said:
    Instead of either refuting Kev's argument, which you could have done three posts back with the comment quoted immediately above, or ignoring it as a case of "shoe doesn't fit", you felt it necessary to sarcastically brow beat him and everyone else who felt he had a valid point, even if they disagreed with how it was stated
    Kev's argument? What argument? He made no argument. His post said:
    For anyone that wants a little more information than "Inside Edition" or Facebook will provide, here's a little lite reading.

    Is anyone really basing decisions about their family's health on what they saw on a celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email without doing a bit more research? God, I hope not.
    And then some links. Where exactly is the argument? The lack of logic I was referring to was calling this post "well intentioned". Calling this post a "well intentioned argument" is not logical at all. Kev's post was belittling, attacking and ridiculing anyone who would base their flu shot decisions on a"celebrity gossip tv show or a forwarded email". It's pretty obvious kev was insinuating that was what Todd and I were doing. It just so happened that Todd and I responded to a post by chrisbradley441 who claimed that the flu shot could cause no harm. Todd nor I claimed that everyone who got the shot would die or get sick. Just that it was possible. There was NOTHING in kev's post that proved that a flu shot could cause no harm! If there was, then that would be an "argument".

    Now that we have discussed what kev's post wasn't, let's discuss what it was. Let's see....... I'm thinking comments that are controversial, inflammatory, belittling ...... and I'm seeing a bridge with a little a guy underneath it ......

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    I couldn't vote, because my case is not covered by the possible responses.
    I do not need the "swine flu" shot! It seems that people born before 1950 (and I was born waaay before 1950) are already immune, having already survived several previous epidemics of that particular strain (which is the same as that of the 1918-1919 pandemic).

    Anyway, according to what I have learned from our GP, a retired teaching doctor who practiced at a prestigious medical school, the problem is not the H1N1 flu itself.
    The real problem is the set of "opportunistic" secondary infections which take advantage of an already-weakened body and immune system. Some of them are inherently extremely deadly.
    These secondary infections are symbiotic, so to speak, with the H1N1 virus, which "paves the way" for the much more serious infection that follows.
    The "regular flu" also does this, but there is less of a relationship between the "ordinary seasonal flu" and the really deadly secondaries. For example, I have gotten pneumonia as an aftermath of the seasonal flu, but pneumonia is easily treated if it's discovered early in its run. I ain't dead yet.

    However, not wanting to ever get pneumonia again, I have gotten my seasonal flu shot.
    As I said, I ain't dead (or even sick) yet.

    Were I susceptible to H1N1, I would get that shot too. I think that it's a far better bet than chancing a truly deadly post-flu infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    Ouch! Was that a dig???
    Only a friendly one James. Just pointing out that most of the long-timers here have contributed their fair share of caustic comments. A sharp wit cuts now and then.

    The base concept of checking sources is good, the inference that some do not is just that. I'll maintain my "simple minded" opinion, and respect yours.

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