Not to turn this into an argument against vaccination, but it seems like I've already done that with my first post.
Warning: Rant Ahead!
My parents get the flu shot every year, like clockwork. And every year, like clockwork, they get sick immediately after. And it does nothing, at least from what I'm seeing, to stop them from getting sick with the flu throughout the year.
Our primary care doctor got the flu shot and had adverse side effects almost immediately. His arm swelled badly at the injection site and then went numb below it. He has pain still, at the injection site, and down through his lower arm years later.
When I joined the Army, I got injected with 9 different vaccines, one of which was the Anthrax Beta. Within hours, I was violently sick and diagnosed with a system wide infection that couldn't be singled out. I spent 3 days hospitalized, receiving IV fluids because I couldn't keep anything in me. I was finally strong enough to be released and almost immediately came down with what the doctor called either the worst case of Bronchitis he'd ever seen or a mild case of Pneumonia. The X-Rays weren't conclusive. I spent more time in the hospital and finally recovered enough to go to a physical therapy and recovery program where I got my strength back up so I could go to Basic. I lost 3 weeks to something that the docs couldn't identify immediately after getting my shots. And i wasn't the only one. PFC RUDD had it worse than I did. That dude didn't look well until about halfway through our advanced training 20 weeks later. That's almost 5 months.
In preparation for my deployment to Iraq, I got a smaller arsenal of vaccines. Most of which I'd already had when I first joined up, but the docs said it wouldn't hurt to double them up. I wasn't as sick this time around, probably because it was warmer and I didn't end up being exposed to 25 degree air when I walked out of the medic's area. But the next day, when we got our blood work done, my levels were all off and they had to retest me multiple times. I eventually suffered my first (and only) bout of Venal Vassal syndrome and passed the heck out shortly after the last tube of blood was drawn. I got to ride to the hospital in style this time, with flashing lights and everything. Docs checked me out OK but I spent the next couple months with a never ending low level fever and cough while also battling a badly sprained ankle, which probably didn't help my recovery time any. I was just about back to normal in February when I had to get the flu shot by mandate. I spent the next three days on my butt, sick as all get out... with the flu and felt generally miserable and weak for the next few weeks.
I don't have the numbers readily at hand, but there's no shortage of cases that describe similar results to what I've experienced and that makes me wonder if an artificial immunity through injection is such a terribly good idea. Did you know that there are now bacteria that are resistant to Penicillin and all of its derivatives? Bacteria have an amazingly fast life cycle and can adapt to changes over the course of a few generations. They are immune to our drugs because we made them so. How long till we see this kind of resistance in viruses? Now isn't that a sobering thought?
OK, I'm done ranting now.
"I just want to play on my Panpipes..." Cake