The last time swine flu brought fear to Americans was back in 1976. At the time I was a senior in college, and if I remember correctly, which I'm not sure that I do, I think I fell for the fear mongering and got the flu shot. Of course, back in those days, I fell for a lot of nonsense; I was a proud liberal, loving the likes of Ted Kennedy.
But, a lot older and a little wiser, I am not falling for the fear mongering that is taking place this time around. Is this Obama's idea of a "crisis" where he could perhaps gain further control of our country?
Read about the fear mongering back in 1976 when we went through our earlier swine flu scare, via All American Blogger:
1976 Swine Flu Ads
"As we enter into a new era of swine flu scare mongering, I though it would be interesting to see some of the ads from the last time Swine Flu was going to kill everyone:
Remember, this vaccine is linked to a fatal nerve disease. Plus, the last time people were vaccinated for swine flu, the vaccine killed more people than the flu did.
What are you going to do?
Before you answer that, think about this:
ST. PAUL, Minn. – 'The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) are requesting neurologists to report any possible new cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) following 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination using the CDC and U. S. Food and Drug Administration Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
It is not anticipated that the 2009 H1N1 vaccine will have an increased risk of GBS. However, out of an abundance of caution, and given that GBS may be of greater concern with any pandemic vaccine because of the association of GBS with the 1976 swine flu vaccine, the CDC and AAN are asking neurologists to report any potential new cases of GBS after-vaccination as part of the CDC’s national vaccine safety monitoring campaign.'
Um, I think I’ll take my chances with the flu."
As will I.