Why are Corporations Pushing the Flu Shot so Hard?

My instinct tells me the flu shot belongs in the everything is until it isn’t category. I feel like one day years from now, all of the government agencies and doctors will say, “Oh yeah, never mind on that whole flu shot thing, turns out you shouldn’t take it.”

But as it stands today, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Costco, and pharmacies everywhere promote it as their marquee headline for anywhere from $14.99 (good ol’ Costco) to $24.99.

It’s strange to me. Of all the health stuff they can promote, they all choose to hang their hat on the flu shot. Does it have that great of margins? Are they paid to promote the flu vaccine? Is there no better alternative product to push?

It’s one of those things that just doesn’t make sense to me.  I understand the surface level premise but I feel like there’s something else I’m missing.

As far as efficacy, the CDC swears it works:

The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

But if you dig for more than 20 seconds, you can see numerous studies that say there’s no proof the flu shot is effective and there’s actually evidence that it’s harmful or potentially harmful.

I don’t know which side is right but when in doubt I go with my instinct and my instinct tells me not to inject something I know nothing about into my body to hopefully prevent something I never get.

I get sick about once every two years. I haven’t had any drugs or medicine (anything – cough syrup, headache pills, whatever) in at least 5 years, probably more. I’ve had one shot in the last 5 years and that was a tetanus shot after I sliced myself on rusty metal.

Conducting a cost-benefit analysis, there’s no compelling reason for me to get a flu shot so I won’t.

Maybe it’s as simple as a money grab (scare the locals, get $20 a head).  Can’t tell but I’m very suspicious of the corporate push.

How long as this been going on?  I know the hard flu vaccine push has been in effect for at least 2-3 years but I can’t remember if it was this prevalent in years prior.

4 thoughts on “Why are Corporations Pushing the Flu Shot so Hard?”

  1. I recently called CVS “thank you for calling, have you had your flu shot yet?” Then I went to a local ER to pick someone up and every computer had a screensaver urging flu shots.

    It struck me as really weird the way everyone is on this bandwagon. Is it a fad people have latched on to trying to become do-gooders? It can’t just be about the profit margins.

    It makes me uncomfortable because the urging to get the shot seems so out-of-proportion to possible benefits.

  2. Hi Kris, Read your comment and I agree totally. The other day I was driving to work and happened to be listening to the radio and the radio station I was listening to was actually talking about the flu shot and how important it is to get it. It was then that these radio announcers were actually getting their flu shot while talking to the public, and afterward they all said” Now that wasn’t too bad, was it?” It gave me the creepiest feeling to listen to this propaganda. I have never had a flu shat because like you I rarely get sick even in the winter. I do however take supplements that seem to be working. To be quite honest I am worried about what this vaccine actually has in it and why they are pushing it so hard…

  3. I’ve googled “why are they pushing the flu shot so hard” because now in the UK there are to adverts and posters all over telling everyone to get the shot. It too gives me the creeps. I have never had the flu in my life and being a daughter of a nurse who was completely against the flu shot has made me question the propaganda. My mum, who never got the shot during her career always said there are many strains of flu and the vaccine is only one strain (which then mutates in public) so you can still get the flu you’ve been vaccinated against but in a strain that has mutated. Many of the Drs at her hospital were against the vaccine (when speaking to people they trusted) and agreed it was useless for the majority of the population but did agree that it could be beneficial to vulnerable OAPs. It’s being pushed extremely hard on the British population and makes me angry that so many people never question things and do as they’re told.

  4. I agree with all the comments I am reading, but what really creeps me out is the fact that they are giving it away free. My instincts tell me the same thing. I rarely get sick and have never had the flu, but I am dreading the day when it becomes mandatory in certain public jobs and I can see it coming. I do a number of outreach programs where I am in contact with the elderly and have had a few experiences where I could not enter the premises because I was not vaccinated with the flu shot.

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