Being needled by Big Pharma — 12 Comments

  1. If the death toll had risen from 5 million to 10 million, the headline would have said exactly that.

    You can spot bollocks when they use terms like doubled, or speak in percentages.

    • It's the old trick of using relative rather than absolute figures.  They look good but are usually pathetic when you examine them.

  2. My mother who is 85 and in good health got the vaccine 2 years ago.She spent the entire winter sick.When asked about it now her position is "never ever again.


  3. I have become so completely inured to that sort of hyperbolic headline they don't even register anymore. It's 'the boy who cried wolf' syndrome.

    I've never had a flu jab, either. Had flu a few times though. I just hit the hot toddy and maybe aspirin, go to bed and sweat it out. When I had malaria, I didn't even have access to any hot toddy (hot toddy is not very common in the Himalayas), so it was just hot tea, and sweat it out.

    But you're right about Big Pharma – they love to play up all this bullshit about how if we don't use their expensive snake oil we're all gonna die. Immediately.

    Re the vaccines, Leg Iron is the one to ask about that – it's his field of endeavour. But what you say sounds about right.

    • I vaguely remember a Horizon programme some time ago on the subject [not that I trust them much these days].  They more or less admitted that their choice of vaccine for the next "season" was more a matter of guesswork than anything.  Very reassuring….?

  4. "Incidentally, I didn't mention it before, but I have had a bit of a dose of the old bug myself over the last couple of weeks."

    Man Flu?

    I had the jab a couple of years ago. Never again. Rather have the main event…..

  5. Every year that I get a flu shot I get a nagging little half-a-cold that lasts a month or more.  Every year I don't get a flu shot I do just fine.  I haven't gotten a flu shot in 5 years!

  6. I have been getting the flu jab for about 10 years as I am classed as high risk. Can't say it has any adverse effects but then I had not had flu for years before either so who knows.

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