“Should I get the flu shot?”

Lots of people are still on the fence, wondering if they should get the flu shot. If you’ve ever uttered words to the effect of

“I’m not anti-vaccine! But, the flu shot…”

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There’s something you should know. You might not consider yourself anti-vaccine, but a pinch of the anti-vaccine crowd’s propaganda has almost certainly made it’s way past your defenses. Certain vaccines have a specific set of rumours and myths around them and the flu vaccine is definitely one of them. The amount of misinformation I see, propagated by otherwise rational people, isn’t surprising when you see how hard anti-vaxxers work at getting their dangerous ideas spread all over the internet. So, it’s important to counter it where we can, I reckon.

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If vaccinations work, why are unvaccinated children a threat to your vaccinated one?

Ever seen a meme, blog post, tweet or a debate online about this very question? If you haven’t, you don’t have to look very far to find one. It seems like a simple question and it is often trotted out by those against vaccination as a way to defend their choices. If vaccines protect people from illness, why should vaccinated people care if some people choose not to vaccinate, right? How could unvaccinated children present any threat if vaccines work? It’s a personal choice, isn’t it?

It’s really not that simple.

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If you’ve been here before, there’s a good chance you know I’m a fan of vaccines. I just think the science behind them is amazing. I have spent almost a decade reading up on them and the HPV vaccine is no exception. I started reading about it years ago, as it was being rolled out in Australia.

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If the majority of people accept that grass is generally green, but you’re pretty sure it’s purple… What do you do? Do you take the general consensus on board and get your eyes tested…or do you assume the consensus is wrong and you are, in fact, correct? Do you assume that there is some kind of conspiracy that relies on thousands of people lying about the colour of the grass so convincingly that they fool the majority into believing them?

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