As I am driving through Old Town Alexandria, I pass this clinic. It’s got this advertisement for the flu shot.
3 Reasons to Get the Flu Shot
- Prevents Death
- Prevents Severe Illness
- Protects Other People
The marketing girl in me is reeling from the poor design and representation. The intellectual in me is really shocked this sign is posted (and has been for two months) at all. I don’t know if because it’s a neighborhood clinic or whatever that it’s okay to be this misleading, but it’s insulting.
Gee, I am glad I got that flu shot. I know I am not going to die this year! Even better, I will not get really, really sick. Can you imagine? If you really want to interpret this the way it reads, you might think that you can race your bro at 100mph. After all, should your car slam into a jersey wall and burst into flames, you won’t die. You got your flu shot and the clinic was pretty clear that it “prevents death”. Don't worry about helping that old lady across the street. You protected her enough just by getting that flu shot!
In a world where some C-list celebrity (Jenny McCarthy) can blame vaccinating her child (with long used vaccinations) for her kid’s autism, this shocks me. Jenny literally goes about telling people not to get tried and true vaccines, but I hear nothing on the flu shot. Honestly, Jenny McCarthy could have drank and drugged her body to such an extreme, THAT caused her kid’s autism. Autism isn’t something we know a whole lot about. Given some women’s desire to have kids later in life (after perhaps a few years of hard living), I think more answers can be derived from the mothers themselves. But heaven forbid you question any of the mother’s actions in her life no matter how extreme (insert mind blowing eye roll). I am not blaming the mother or making light of autism. I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy.
Flu shot? It’s a vaccine. Hardly what I would call “effective”. I think the most effective thing you can do is take care of yourself and see your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve in a timely manner.
I'm not a doctor. This isn't a scientific study.
Jenny McCarthy? Not a doctor either. Or a smart person. Or self respecting. Just sayin'.