Do physicians study vaccines? Yes, and anti-vaxxers get this all wrong

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Anti-vaxxers love to state that physicians don’t study vaccines. Of course, those same anti-vaxxers use their Dunning-Kruger-infected minds to claim that their 30 minutes of Google University research makes them the only experts on vaccines.

Using that logic, I could become an authorized Ferrari mechanic after watching a 30 minute YouTube video on repairing an engine.

On the other hand, a fake Ferrari mechanic isn’t going to do much harm except to the privileged internet billionaire, while a fake vaccine expert harms children. And when I write “fake vaccine expert,” I mean about 99.99% of the anti-vaxxers that spout their ignorance to their internet sycophants.

Let’s talk about whether physicians study vaccines. Most of you will know where this is going.

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Healthcare workers who don’t vaccinate–nothing but dumbasses

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I caught a cold the flu. And I don’t just write about infectious diseases because it’s some intellectual pursuit, but I hate viruses, bacteria, and parasites. I make the worst possible patient when I have a cold flu, calling and texting every healthcare worker I know for advice.

By the way, I know it’s not the flu a cold, not because I was vaccinated against the flu, but because my symptoms are for a cold. They are completely different diseases, but people conflate the two all the time. The flu knocks you out with much more severe symptoms that last for 2 weeks, sometimes more. The common cold lasts for a few days, and after a couple of days, you usually can get back to doing things.

One of the stupid myths of the vaccine deniers (specifically about the flu vaccine, because I’m shocked at how many people vaccinate for everything but invent stories about the flu vaccine) is that people claim they catch the flu AFTER the vaccine. Now, some tiny percentage of those claims might be true, especially if you contracted the flu prior to getting vaccinated. Also, the vaccine isn’t perfect (nor did I expect it is), so I caught the flu. I feel terrible, but I shall endure. And I still am 100% behind the flu vaccine.

The only way I’d be convinced someone actually had the flu after vaccination is a lab report confirming it. Those tests, which can be done in any doctor’s office, are fast and easy. Continue reading “Healthcare workers who don’t vaccinate–nothing but dumbasses”