Re: Flu Shot: Are you getting one?
I'm still not convinced about the media coverage. It was one of the lead stories night after night on the 6:30pm network news, on Nightline, and on the local newscasts as well. It really seemed to consume a disproportionate amount of air time from the broadcast media, especially given that the coverage was based on speculation and not actual outcomes.
The Louisville TV stations spent so much time informing us where the flu shot clinics were going to be and interviewing "experts" that I nearly got sick of hearing about it. After all, there were many other newsworthy things going on, but it seemed that the first five minutes of every newscast were devoted to updates on the vaccine supply, followed by some tips about washing our hands.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think the situation was unimportant. Not at all. But the broadcast media seemed almost obsessed with the story. Let's face it, they need something sensational to keep people tuned in, and in lieu of a scandal or a celebrity death, the flu story was probably the best option.
I'll set aside my cynicism for a moment and admit that perhaps the widespread vaccinations may have prevented what so many feared. If that's the case, perhaps all the coverage served a good purpose. That being said, I still question the motives of those pounding these stories through our TV screens night after night.
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