By Tedd Koren, DC
The other day I walked into a doctor’s office that was advertising flu shots and asked for a product insert for the 2011-2012 flu vaccine (Flulaval from GlaxoSmithKline.)
She handed me a CDC one page sheet urging all people to get the flu shot. I said, “Thanks, but can I get the actual paper that comes with the vaccines.” She gave me an odd look (“Why would anyone want to read that?”) but went into the back and got me one.
Before I left I said to the MD, “Did you know that there is mercury in the shots?” “No, I didn’t know that,” she said. (Why should she know that, she only gives the shots.)
“You know if you vaccinate a pregnant woman the mercury can go through the placenta into the fetus,” I said to her.
She said nothing. I might have been speaking Klingon. Then again if we were Klingons the interaction may have involved high explosives and lots of bad language. (Please forgive me, the other day I watched a Star Trek movie).
OK, back to the flu. After I left her office I began to engage in an unnatural act, I actually read the product insert. The print was very small but I slogged through it. These are quotes directly from the product insert. Read them and be amazed (doesn’t anyone actually read these?)
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