Let me preface this with something -- firstly, I have always been a huge fan of the conspiracy theory, I love reading about them, I love speculating
about them, but realistically I put about as much weight into them as I do that some guy 2,000 years ago walked on water, turned water to wine, and
came back from the dead. I simply don't buy that our government is actually organized and intelligent enough to pull off some of the conspiracies
that people claim.
That said, I have been very committed to not taking any kind of vaccine for anything, regardless of what its for. Why? Not because of conspiracy
theories, but simply put, I don't really get sick, so what's the point. Why put artificial stuff into my body when my body basically has proven
itself to be able to take care of itself.
Now, the interesting thing I've noticed is, that its not the "mandatory" thing that everyone has claimed it to be (or feared it to be). At work
last week, our HR department sent out a notice that the H1N1 and normal flu vaccinations would not be available until late October due to high demand,
but that if you like you can go to Walgreens or any number of drug stores and get vaccinated, and our insurance would cover it.
I inquired back to our HR department if it was mandatory to get the H1N1 vaccination, or if it would be optional. She said it was optional. I then
went to the walgreens by my house, and asked the pharmacist the same thing. They said it was also optional.
So I went back to my HR lady the next day, and told her I went ahead and got vaccinated at Walgreens (which I did not actually do). She said "OK
great, hang on while I make a record of it". At this point I got a little weirded out that anyone would want to record that I had the vaccine, but
whatever. I watched her enter some information into her computer, and off I went back to my desk.
I then stopped back at the Walgreens on the way home that night, and asked the Walgreens pharmacist how they know if someone received the vaccination
or not yet, and what harm there is if someone accidentally got vaccinated twice. He said there was little risk to getting vaccinated twice, but that
they issue a small business card with a stamp on it showing you were vaccinated, and that my insurance carrier may keep records on it. I thanked him
and went home.
The next day I went back to the Walgreens, and asked the pharmacist if I needed to do anything with my pharmacy records at that location if I've
already received the vaccination at work. He said not at all, but if I like he can make a record in their computer that would be relayed to my
insurance carrier just to make sure that I don't accidentally get vaccinated twice. I said "please do that, as I did get vaccinated at work
So, yes, I did a lot of lying. However, the net result is that both places where they would likely try to 'force' one to get vaccinated have
records now that I was indeed vaccinated. There was no requirement of proof, no need to play games, etc.
Realistically I think that the "oh no forced vaccinations!@#" concept is a bunch of garbage, but in the event that forced vaccinations do come
along, then I'm golden. If it gets to the point where they're testing anyone who claims to have been vaccinated, well, we're in bigger doo-doo
than worrying about who's right/wrong, and I'll be in my basement with a shotgun and a year's supply of rations.
Don't freak out about this stuff, be logical and rational, and 'work the system', don't let it work you!
[edit on 1-10-2009 by Ghostt]