By J. Carol Grigg, MD, Medical Director, Florida Health Care Plans
At age 16, I clearly remember catching the flu, being bed-bound for 10
days, with fevers of 104+ and shaking chills, and
wanting to die, due to the pain. There was no “flu shot” to prevent the flu
at that time.
During Medical School, Residency, and Practice in many busy emergency departments,
over the following years, I never once again got the flu, so I felt that
I did not need the vaccine. Twenty years later, the government and medical
community pushed upon us physicians the need to ALL be vaccinated. Eventually,
I relented, and GUESS WHAT? I became deathly ill, with high fevers, pain,
and had to miss work, which I NEVER DID. “Oh”, they said,
“you must have been coming down with it, prior to the shot.”
So several years later, when hospitals began requiring ALL employees and
physicians to be vaccinated, I relented, and GUESS WHAT? I came down with
the flu-like symptoms
all over again……….”stupid me” I said to myself. NEVER AGAIN.
Three years ago, when a close family member developed chronic medical conditions
making any flu exposure a life-threatening event, I knew that I could
not expose this individual with any “bug” which might cause
death, so I discussed my dilemma with an infectious disease expert and
found out many VERY INTERESTING things:
- First, the vaccine used today is no longer made up of live virus.
- Secondly, all vaccines used by FHCP, are single vial use, meaning that
no bottle is being used for more than one person.
- Finally, FHCP has purposely chosen to use vaccines with NO PRESERVATIVES
and NO ADJUVENTS (substances made to cause the body to respond both faster
and more aggressively in building up immunity).
Upon recommendation by my colleague, and with great trepidation, I took
the flu shot 3 years ago (NO REACTION), and each year since, and will be
first in line this year to do the same. I hope for you, and for others who are close to you, that
you will consider doing the same.
(All FHCP members may go to any of our facilities
without an appointment for a “flu shot”)