Is It Worth The Shot?

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Is it Worth the Shot? I am a living thing and I need you in order to survive. I am invisible. I move silently, floating through the air or laying patiently to plunge my next victim. I’m sure I have knocked you off your feet several times. I am the world’s most wanted fugitive; constantly changing my appearance and using aliases like Swine, Spanish, Hong Kong or Avian. I am influenza, commonly called the flu. I am not always a serious illness, but I’m labeled as dangerous and life threatening because of the company I keep, like pneumonia and bronchitis (Ratini; Jae). So why do I have to take the rap? How many people actually die from the flu? The world is trying to wipe out my existence by offering a flu shot that is plagued with a copy…show more content…
People are misled to believe that flu-related deaths are based on body counts, lab tests or autopsies. Shockingly, the numbers of flu deaths are based on a statistical guess and assumptions made from a computer model (Growe). Dr. Michael Gardam, director of the infection prevention and control unit at the University Health Network in Toronto and Dr. Tom Jefferson, a researcher with the Cochrane Collaboration were interviewed by a CBC News reported Kelly Growe. Both doctors stated that the computer model is unreliable and is nothing more than guesswork that is far from the truth. Dr. Michael Graham supported his statement by explaining how “one model counts all respiratory and circulatory deaths - that’s death from heart and lung failure - as flu deaths. Deaths from pneumonia, even though not all pneumonia is caused by flu” are categorized within the model as flu deaths during the flu season. Ironically, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “people who caught the Spanish flu in 1918(the world’s worst pandemic flu in history that lead to 20 million deaths worldwide) did not die from it, but from the complications caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia” (“Pandemic Flu History”). Statistics Canada stated that there were about 300 influenza-related deaths each year between 2000 and 2008. Following the flu pandemic, H1N1 hit in 2009, the final count of flu-related deaths among 34
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