Five Days to Nashville and back


The trip is off to a sunny start. Frank is currently on a train to Buffalo, and I am on a bus with a wireless connection that left an hour earlier than I had planned, and which goes straight to Buffalo’s airport. Not a bad opening act.

On the way downtown this morning, it took exactly five minutes on the GO Train to hear a story worth telling. I was sitting there, reading about a boy who died from H1N1, when all of  a sudden:

A non-believer climbed aboard the train. She and her friends were talking about the flu and the vaccine and everything in between. They started talking about whether or not they were going to line up and get the shot. This woman proclaims that there are too many risks (!) associated with being vaccinated. Fair enough, I thought. Every doctor in the country thinks otherwise, but to each her own. I guess.

What bothered me were the risks she mentioned: “some doctor in the States said that it can lead to Lou Gehrig’s Disease and, you know, MS down the road.” Huh?

“That boy in Cornwall. You know what they’re not saying? He didn’t die of H1N1. It was meningitis that killed him.”

That was when one of her friends piped up.

“Actually,  one of my co-workers is good friends with that family. And she said it was H1N1.”

“Oh, well, I heard it wasn’t that,” the first lady mumbled back.

“They were at the funeral,” the second lady replied. “That’s how close they are to them.”

After a couple of minutes, the first lady turned to a third lady — who, like her  friend, is not getting the shot — and said, if you can believe it, in little more than a whisper: “Oh, it’s all so sensational.”

She said that mere seconds after proclaiming that she knew the H1N1 vaccine to be a major contributing factor to both Lou Gehrig’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis — based on the evidence of some doctor (her words) in the United States.

So there you have it. The anti-vaccine hordes have invaded Scarborough’s daily commute.

Oh, and they also talked about another teenager who, apparently as healthy as anyone else, died thanks to H1N1. Where was that girl from?



3 Responses to “Five Days to Nashville and back”

  1. Well, “some doctor in the States” obviously has access to more reliable information than our esteemed physicians right here in Ontario.

  2. So who is Frank Appleyard? And why Nashville and not, I dunno, Pittsburgh or Atlanta or Hartford or Rhode Island? Was this a pick-a-random-place-on-a-map kind of thing?

  3. 3 Gordo

    What a nut. More vaccine for the sensible, I guess.

    You guys have wireless in your buses? We just got those here! They’re called “Webus” which I guess is a cross between “We bus” and “Web us”. Or maybe it’s just “web” and “bus” sharing a “b”.

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