By Cathy Jameson
Years ago, you couldn’t miss flu shot propaganda. On signage at the grocery store, in multiple magazine ads, on radio and television ads, too - It. Was. Everywhere. For some time, reminders came to our house weekly on the backs of envelopes. The flu, and the flu shot, took a backseat last year though. Hardly anyone seems to be talking about both of them this year also.
From the CDC’s website regarding the 2019-2020 flu data: April 4, 2020 was the last in-season preliminary burden estimates were provided.
In all the years I’ve spent reading about vaccines, I found that note from the CDC to be one of the oddest statements ever posted. It didn’t matter if it was in-season or off-season. Flu stats were jammed down our throats incessantly and forever! It was so unexpected, for me at least, to learn that those incredible numbers would not be crunched or broadcasted. Now knee-deep in COVID19, those who liked to blow up our newsfeeds with flu news just gave the flu a free pass.
That incessant yearly vaccine-pushing opportunity popped into my head as fall turned into winter in late 2020. Would the flu shot be put back in the spotlight, I wondered? Like clockwork it did get some airtime, but not nearly to the extent that it usually does. Good, I thought. With the COVID19 countermeasures coming out, mixing a frequently failing flu shot with an experimental vaccine may not be wise.
I’d forgotten about the flu, and the flu shot, this winter until I opened up one of my son’s e-medical records last week. This alert, which is usually visible only from October to April, greeted me when I logged in.
Ronan’s been to that clinic several times since last October, when flu shot season really kicks in. Not one of his providers has asked us if he needs one during any of his visits. Too busy with managing and dodging COVID19, I’m grateful for the lack of flu shot attention. I certainly don’t want to poke the bear, but it’s still just so strange to think that the almighty flu shot has finally been knocked off its pedestal.
I’m not sure what the rest of the 2021 will look like, but this mail from the same company that loudly pushed the flu shot for years has kept the backs of their envelopes completely blank. The documents inside pertain to several of the medical issues Ronan has, so it’s been heavenly to not see propaganda on the envelopes before I open them.
I expect that that will change.
I wouldn’t be surprised if those envelopes will soon come with new messages. It would be great if they could use the space to educate clients and their caregivers about vaccine injuries instead of pressuring them to get another liability-free vaccine. But I won’t hold my breath for too long. The flu shot may not be making the rounds, but those Emergency Authorized Use COVID19 vaccines sure are. There’s good reason for that. The news is still selling coronavirus fear. They know that fear sells! They also know that when people are afraid, vaccines can be quite the $olution.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.