Saying No to the Flu Shot

http://www.ageofautism.com/2015/10/saying-no-to-the-flu-shot.html

no thanks

By Cathy Jameson

Last week, my son received a phone call. Ronan is non-verbal and couldn’t answer the call himself, I spoke on his behalf as I have done for years now. I tried to speak on his behalf when the phone rang again. But I was not given the option.

“This is Care Line. We’d like to speak to the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson. If you are the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson, please press 1.”

I hung up after hearing the next prompt.

“You may be aware that flu season is just around the corner. We’re calling you today to share some life-saving information, but first, we need to know if Ronan Jameson has had his flu shot this year. If Ronan has had his flu shot, please press 1. If he has not had a flu shot, please press 2.”

I wanted more options. But was given only two.

Bye-bye.

I don’t usually hang up on people. I’ve never hung up on anyone from Care Line (not the real name) because they have been helpful in the past. They’re available to me 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I receive immediate guidance from someone on their medical staff. They provide support and never judgement. One staff member in particular has been extremely helpful. She and I have spoken several times over the last few years. She knows Ronan’s extensive medical history to include the reactions he had from vaccines. She also knows my opinion about vaccines. But each year around this time, she’s asked to discuss the flu shot with her caseload. So each year around this time, we “discuss” it by me once again politely declining the shot before she has a chance to read whatever statement that Care Line has drafted her to read.

Care Line was checking in with Ronan as they do every few months, but the call I’d just received was not from this kind, caring person who understand and respects us. It was a robocall that I imagine all of the Care Line customers got. While other customers may be okay with providing personal medical information on an automated line, I chose not to. Plus, I wanted more options.

I had questions. I wanted clarification, too, about whatever this supposed life-saving information was before being required to supply an answer. Since the options that I was provided were limited, I ignored the call and tried to dismiss the flu shot propaganda they and so many others are selling this time of year.

Apparently, ignoring the call wouldn’t do. I didn’t just get one robocall; I got five more.

I hung up again on calls 2 and 3. But, then I thought, No, they do not get the last word. I have questions. They should at least attempt to offer to answer them. I waited for Care Line to call me back.

They did.

Anticipating it would be like previous personal phone calls where our dedicated Care Line staff person has helped educate me on important topics like how to control seizures, how to find dental care for a special needs child, and how to advocate for Ronan when he’s hospitalized, it wasn’t. I’m not sure why. I only had a few questions and wouldn’t take up too much of their time. But my questions remained unanswered and their message remained perfectly clear:

Don’t worry. Don’t think. And don’t ask any questions.

I do have questions, though, and important ones about a vaccine that is pushed on practically everyone and what now feels like all year long. I’m sure that other people within the Care Lines’ membership database also have similar questions. Too bad we were not offered more prompts beyond press 1 or 2. If more prompts were offered, I’d suggest that they sound like this:

If you would information about which ingredients this year’s flu shot contains, press 3.

If you would like information about live-virus vaccines or information about which vaccines are manufactured with thimerosal, press 4.

If you would like to know if this year’s flu shot will be more effective than last year’s flu shot, which was reported to be a dismal 19% effective, press 5.

If you would like information about mild, moderate, or severe vaccine reactions and how to report them should opting for this year’s flu shot result in a reaction, press 6.

If you would like information about vaccine injury or about secondary illnesses resulting from an adverse reaction, press 7.

If you’d like information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and how $3 billion has been awarded to those injured by vaccines, press 8.

If you’d like us to stop pestering you to get a flu shot and to instead work on securing vaccine choice for all Americans, press 9.

Since those options were not available to me in the first few calls I received, I tried to summon an operator the next time Care Line called. Because they called me again.

During call number 4, I pressed 0 expecting that an Operator would answer.

Nothing.

Thinking that maybe the call was voice activated, I said “Representative.”

Nothing.

I repeated myself a little bit louder, “Representative!”

Again, nothing.

So again, click. I hung up.

For call number 5, I didn’t press or say anything. Hoping that someone would come on the line to find out why I was unresponsive and to ask me if everything was okay, the line remained silent. No matter how long I waited, I could not get a live person to respond.

Click.

Care Line tried one more time. Call number 6 began as that others did:

“This is Care Line. We’d like to speak to the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson. If you are the parent or guardian of Ronan Jameson, please press 1.”

“You may be aware that flu season is just around the corner. We’re calling you today to share some life-saving information, but first, we need to know if Ronan Jameson has had his flu shot this year. If Ronan has had his flu shot, please press 1. If he has not had a flu shot, please press 2.”

I’d be lying if I pressed 1, and I know, because I’ve gotten it before, I’d be setting myself to be on the receiving end of some “vaccines are safe, effective, and life-saving” propaganda if I pressed 2.

Click.

I guess they, like me, have something important to say about the flu shot. But unlike me, Care Line, like so many other vaccine-dependent establishments, only wishes to state one side of the vaccine story.

Vaccines!

Protect the herd!

Save lives!

Safe!

Effective!

Citing statistics that only glamorize. Claiming benefits that are only positive. Advertising potential benefits and never ever factual negatives. Enticing customers with shopping discounts, gift cards, and in-store incentives. It’s nauseating, but I’ve come to expect that from the vaccine industry and from those who eagerly push their agenda.

Now, if I could paint a different picture…

Our story is different. And it isn’t pretty. The vaccine story I can tell is far different than the ones I hear, see and am subjected to in television commercials, on glossy magazines pages, and listen to during relentless, automated phone calls.

The flu shots and other vaccines that my son got years ago didn’t help. They didn’t save his life. I do not believe that they were safe. And I do not believe that those vaccines were effective. They actually made things worse and ushered in seizures, developmental delays, the loss of speech, and the loss of life skills. Those results were unexpected and have remained long after the vaccines were administered. So when I see the advertisements and the lawn signs, and when we get the mailers and now the phone calls about vaccines—and specifically the flu shot, because of what that shot did to my child, when I’m asked if Ronan is getting one, I have only one thing to say:

no thanks 1

Get the flu shot? No.