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Poll responses

Do you plan to get a flu shot?

Do you plan to get a flu shot?

October 09, 2005

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of reader comments will appear in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Do you plan to get a flu shot?

Of the 209 votes received as of 7 p.m. Saturday, 110 people (53 percent) said they plan to get a flu shot, while 99 people (47 percent) said they were not planning to get a shot.




"Here is how I plan to get a flu shot: I will look for a flu that is not currently caged - if I can find one. Then I will have the flu shot."

"After all of the kids and elderly that need one get one, I might consider it ... I don't want to hear about 90-year-olds waiting in line for three hours again."

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"NO! I do not intend to get a flu shot. Injecting the body with rotting eggs, embalming fluid and other toxic compounds such as mercury is totally crazy. Yet that is what the mainstream medical establishment and drug corporations are doing when they sell you. Even if your shot was free to you, somebody's money or tax money paid for it.

"The flu vaccine is not effective in any age group at preventing the flu. There is long-term, large-population evidence that the flu vaccine does NOT save lives in those over 65."

"To get to flu shot or not is everyone's choice, but it should be an informed choice. There are benefits and risks. For instance, 75 percent of last year's flu shots contained thimerosal (a preservative), which is a known neurotoxin. Thimerosal is 49.6 percent mercury, which is second in toxicity only to plutonium. Food or airborne mercury is absorbed about 10 percent. Injected mercury is absorbed 100 percent.

"If you get the flu shot, ask specifically for one that is thimerosal-free.

"We get the homeopathic flu vaccine, which is taken sublingually, not in shot form. Ideally, each person should strive to keep his/her immune system healthy and wash his/her hands a lot during the winter."

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