As many of my readers are aware, most of us are going to need two flu shots this year: one for the seasonal flu, and one for the pandemic (swine) flu. I got my seasonal flu shot two weeks ago, and I’m taking the family to the community college up the street this weekend for our pandemic shots. It’s not going to be a lot of fun holding my daughter down, but she’s been hospitalized in the past with breathing problems so we’re not taking any chances.
There’s yet a third flu shot out this year. It’s called the “Emergen-C Shot”. I saw it on TV advertised homonymically as “emergency shot”, clearly meaning, in context, “emergency flu shot”. At a time when flu rates are rising, and flu shots may be in short supply (temporarily, in some locations), this is horribly irresponsible. Along with the obligatory Quack Miranda Warning, the product claims:
When you need a quick boost to your immune system and energy level,*
Emergen-C concentrated liquid Shot to the rescue. Just twist the cap, and
gulp it down…what could be quicker?
The ingredients list various vitamins and minerals. That’s it. But the use magic woo-woo words, like “boost immune system”. This medically meaningless language is deceptive and immoral, and just another reminder that when you see, “These statements have not been evaluated…” you should run away. The flu is the real deal. Anything that pushes people away from real prevention and treatment is a bad thing.