January 18, 2018
My Flu Shot was Defective
I got a flu shot this year and I think mine was defective because I sure got the flu. Maybe I didn't read the fine print on the flu shot but I thought a flu shot was supposed to prevent the flu. I don't think I've ever gotten the flu like I got this flu. I got flu this year like Bill Clinton got legal bills- massive, overwhelming, and probably undeserved although stemming from activities for which I am personally responsible.

Is it possible the flu shot you get in the drug store is not as good as the one you get from the doctor's office? My allergist has always tried to suggest the drugstore flu vaccine is not as good as the one he uses, which seemed ridiculous but now I'm beginning to wonder if I had spent the extra 20 bucks on his shot would I have been better protected? Actually, it would be 20 bucks more plus parking because he doesn't validate and the drugstore let's you park for free.

I actually started going to the drugstore for the flu shots just because it was less hassle than the doctor's office but now I'm wondering if the whole drug store flu shot setup of a card table in the little used but very important adult-incontinence aisle is somehow representative of the quality of the flu shot I got.

Because, from the sounds of it, everybody is getting this flu. The makers of the vaccine say they cannot accurately predict which strain of flu is coming around every year but then why don't they offer a rebate? If you get the flu because they guessed wrong, just send in your receipt and four empty boxes of Kleenex and your money back.

Because basically they are selling a product that may not even work. If the makers of a baby seat said, "In case of an accident your baby may be protected... or might go flying around the car... we're not sure... and that's why we have priced our seats to move," would you even think about buying?

Let's say 50 million people got the flu shot this year and the average cost was 15 bucks. If I'm not mistaken that's 75 million dollars... alright I'm mistaken, that's... 750 million dollars in gross sales. What if they didn't do all the lab stuff or expensive experiments to make real vaccine and instead put chicken soup in those little bottles and their only real expense is the syringes and a card table? There's a lot of net profit in a flu shot that doesn't work.

Now, I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on T.V. but it would just seem they could do better than what they did this year and I think Ken Starr should look into this. And, for sure next year I am going to go the doctor's office for the flu shot. If I get the flu I'll tell my insurance company to stiff him on the bill. They're very good at that.