Son is asthmatic, so a flu shot has been very strongly recommended by his pediatrician every year since birth. Even though I knew there were some few risks, Son is so susceptible to bronchitis and bronchiolitis we have definitrly been more afraid of what the flu would do. So we’ve had him vaccinated and have been lucky that he had no side effects. And no flu.
This year Son’s asthma is markedly better. We’re hoping that asthma will soon be in his past, or at the very worst he’ll be left with a very mild case. And now it’s flu shot time again.
For the first time we’re considering not immunizing him, though we probably still will. Husband and I were having a conversation about it yesterday and today he sent me a link with video of a doctor calling into question the effectiveness of the vaccine for children in Son’s age group.
This guy has some interesting things to say. Why, then, do I think he’s a yahoo? Husband hears this and gets all nervous about the vaccine. I hear this guy say that most deaths attributed to the flu are actually caused by pneumonia, therefore the government is lying to us and I roll my eyes. I’m not a doctor, but pneumonia is a lung infection. Why is it not possible for the flu to precede, cause or at least create an environment ripe for lung infections, making the flu the proximate cause of death? And therefore acceptable to be included in statistics as a flu death?
Still, I’m open to hearing about other things we can do to stave off the flu. Aren’t you?
He recommends we take megadoses of Vitamin D to prevent the flu instead. And he thinks that the best way to get that is through sunlight, though that may be hard to come by in the winter. So he recommends a tanning bed (aren’t those UNsafe???) for those who won’t be able to bake themselves in sunlight. If neither of those are an option only then does he recommend taking vitamins, at 2000 international units (iu) per day for a child and 5000 iu per day for an adult.
He asserts that such megadoses of Vitamin D can also help lessen the severity of the flu if you’ve got it. He recommends 2000 iu per kilogram of body weight taken as one dose every day for three days.
I know that last year’s flu shot was a big bust. But I think I have to trust the doctor we’ve known for nearly five years when he tells us that this year’s shot is much better, that they learned a great deal from last year’s debacle, and that all of the metals that Dr. Yahoo warns us about are ever-present in our bodies. Still, I’m going to call Son’s Doctor on Monday to ask about the Mercury. Mercury scares me ever since Mr. Ski, my 7th grade science teacher, told us that Mercury ingested now can kill us 10, 20 or even thirty years later. As we made our own thermometers with real Mercury. Nightmares, I tell you.
This is the double-edged sword that is the internet. There is so much information out there that we have no way of knowing if the source is credible. How do I even know this guy is truly an MD? And believe me, if there’s a conspiracy theory to be found, Husband will find it.
As I keep telling him, even a broken clock is right twice a day.