Aardvark Daily

New Zealand's longest-running online daily news and commentary publication, now in its 24th year. The opinion pieces presented here are not purported to be fact but reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy.

Content copyright © 1995 - 2018 to Bruce Simpson (aka Aardvark), the logo was kindly created for Aardvark Daily by the folks at

Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Vaccinations... bah!

11 June 2018

Some weeks ago I got my annual flu vaccine.

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the efficacy and safety of such vaccinations but I'm a born risk-taker so every year I allow the nurse to thrust her steely needle deep into the rugged musculature of my arm and dispense some kind of concoction of egg-white and viral protein deep into the tissues that dwell within.

Usually, this injection produces a small amount of discomfort, somewhat akin to a bee-sting.

Being a "real man", I seldom need more than a single handful of tissues to soak up the tears and my screens rarely carry more than a block or two -- so the inoculation is a relatively straight-forward process. In fact, within a few hours, the only way anyone could tell that I'd been given a flu shot is by the fact that my arm is now in a sling and every second phrase that passes my lips is "oh the pain Will Robinson".

I haven't had any of the adverse reactions that some claim to have experienced from viral inoculations, aside from the uncontrolled drooling -- which strangely enough, subsided immediately that I left the surgery and could no longer see the pretty young 20-something nurse in short skirt and low-cut top.

But do these vaccinations really work?

Well hell, I'm starting to have my doubts!

The reason today's column is so late is because I'm sitting here, leaking at almost every orifice (too much information?) whilst coughing, sneezing and making muffled moaning noises due to the headache and general discomfort that has invaded my body.

Hell, I've got a cold!

Yes, I know that there's a significant difference between a good, old-fashioned cold and influenza... but hell, the least these injections could do is protect you from colds as well... eh?

But it gets worse...

Despite enduring the torment of having a hypo thrust into my arm, I still haven't won Lotto, petrol is still over $2 a litre and the weather is wet and windy.

Yes, I'm really starting to lose faith in these inoculations -- they're doing nothing to improve my lot at all.

And how many chicken eggs were sacrificed for this ineffectiveness?

Worst of all... the old sheila also has this cold. In fact, she got it about six days before I did so I'm pretty sure she was the Typhoid Mary who infected me. Although I'm feeling like crap right now, so is she... which means I've got another six days of purgatory to endure before there's the remotest chance I'll start to feel normal again.

Oh the humanity!

I think that next year I will make my own flu-shot. In past years, regular readers have suggested various formulas that are likely to be just as effective as the "store bought" version. Most of these recipes involve copious amounts of whiskey or other forms of alcohol, liberally mixed with such organic components as lemon-juice, honey etc.

Personally, I feel that since "symptomatic relief" is the best treatment that modern medicine can offer for victims of the common cold, I'd might as well do that job properly and simply get completely blotto for the duration. Or maybe not.

Knowing my luck, I'd run out of such a potion long before the cold had left and then I'd have to simultaneously deal with the effects of a cold *and* a hang-over.

Oh well, I guess what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger (or sicker).

Stay tuned... I might as well share my discomfort with everyone I can for the next few days. Yes, I'm talking to you :-)

Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Have your say in the Aardvark Forums.

PERMALINK to this column

Rank This Aardvark Page


Change Font

Sci-Tech headlines



Beware The Alternative Energy Scammers

The Great "Run Your Car On Water" Scam


Recent Columns

Entertainment, the future of mankind
Many years ago, humans lived a subsistence life...

Iceberg? What iceberg?
New Zealand has a relatively healthy, robust economy...

Jesus wept, Google again!
What, this is the third column in a row I'm writing about Google and (yet again), it's not good news...

Get out of the way Chrome!
I am a big boy now...

Google+ headed for the knackers yard
One of the worst things ever forced upon Internet users... that's how *I* would describe Google+...

A worrying trend
Hands up everyone who remembers HAM radio?...

Bloomberg goes all "fake news"?
There was a time, back in the 1990s, when Bloomberg was a respected and trusted source of news -- especially financial news...

The tech equivalent of clean needles?
Drug abuse is a big problem around the world. So big in fact, that the USA declared a war against drugs several decades ago...

Nothing to charge
Apparently we're headed for a battery shortage...

A forgotten password could cost you $5,000
You had better not forget the password for your phone or laptop if you're traveling in or out of New Zealand from this point forwards...

Is he right or is he crazy?
Everyone remembers the Aussie electronics entrepreneur and explorer Dick Smith... right?...