I had never heard of Cantopop singer Kay Tse On-kei before last week when she debunked the effectiveness of the flu vaccine in an audio recording that went viral on the internet. She used many unscientific and totally inaccurate reasons to debunk the flu vaccine. As a parent of two children, she urged other parents to think twice (think very carefully) before allowing their children to take a flu shot. After listening to the audio I concluded (decided) Tse On-kei is a screwball (crazy person). I take a flu shot every year and have never suffered any serious side effects. In fact, those who had not taken a flu shot this winter were mostly the ones who died or became sick, both here and in the US.
To debunk something means to show it is not true. Tse On-kei debunked the flu vaccine by saying it is not true that the vaccine offers some protection against the flu. When something goes viral on the internet, it means it spreads very quickly and widely. To take a flu shot means to have the flu vaccine injected into your body. A “side effect” is an unwanted or unpleasant thing that happens after you take certain types of medicine. The most common side effect of a flu shot is a harmless and slightly painful swelling of the area where the vaccine was injected into the body.
Tse On-kei said in her audio this year’s vaccine is less than ten percent effective. In fact, it is about 40-50 percent effective. She said scientists injected bacteria into chickens, which then lay eggs from which scientists manufacture the vaccine. This is nonsense. Flu is caused by viruses, not bacteria. Scientists use chicken embryo cells (fetus, unborn or unhatched babies), not chickens or edible eggs to manufacture vaccines. She said flu vaccines contain mercury, which is nonsense. Flu experts, doctors, and the Department of Health have all debunked her idiotic claims. She said she was surprised her audio became public because she only shared it with her friends. But she has caused a lot of damage. Parents should listen to experts, not screwballs.
上星期廣東流行歌歌手謝安琪在一段錄音中駁斥（debunked）流感疫苗的功效，錄音於網上瘋傳（went viral），在此之前我從未聽過她。她用了許多不科學和完全不正確的原因去駁斥（debunk）流感疫苗。身為兩個子女的家長，她力勸其他家長讓子女打流感針（flu shot）之前要三思（think twice）。聽過那段錄音後，我判定（concluded）謝安琪是個怪人（screwball）。我每年都打流感針（flu shot），從未產生過任何嚴重的副作用（side effects）。事實上，不論在香港抑或美國，今個冬季大部分死亡或生病的，就是那些不打流感針（flu shot）的人。
To debunk something就是去揭穿某事情的真相。謝安琪駁斥（debunked）流感疫苗，指它在對抗流感上並不能提供一定的保護。當某事 goes viral on the internet，意思就是它在網上瘋傳、爆紅。To take a flu shot就是打流感針。A “side effect”是副作用，就是你服用某些藥物後產生的不適或不良反應。流感針（flu shot）最普遍的副作用（side effect），就是打針的那個部位會有無害而帶少許痛楚的腫脹。
Michael Chugani 褚簡寧