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Medical Catch-22

Posted by Paul on December 12, 2006

I started to take prednisone for a medical condition last week. The information sheet indicated that steroids lower your immunity. So I thought it would be a good idea to get a flu shot this year. I never have gotten one before, but it seemed like a good idea. Well, the doctor refused to give me one!  Seems that since steroids lower your immunity the doctors and pharmacy companies doen’t want to get sued if you have a reaction. So they would rather you catch the flu naturally and suffer a long time than risk a lawsuit. This is most absurd.

My wife has been taking prednisone for 15 years and never had trouble getting a flu shot in China. Of course, China doesn’t have the lawyers and lawsuits we have. Her parents are convinced our medical system is so bad here that they don’t want to risk a visit.

We are worried about losing to the terrorists – I think we have already lost to the lawyers.

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