Jacky Wu defends controversial post warning of side effects from flu shots

The photo collage shows Taiwanese TV host Jacky Wu (right) and Chuang Jen-hsiang. (Courtesy of Jacky Wu/CECC press conference)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwanese TV host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) responded Wednesday to health authorities who reminded him to seek medical attention regarding his eventual side effects from flu shots, instead of posting controversial videos on social media.

“I don’t play politics, and I have never taken a political stance in my life,” he told local media on Wednesday in response to comments made a day earlier by Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), deputy head of Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 衛生福利部疾病管制署)

Wu reportedly said that as a public figure, posting on social media is part of his daily routine, without malicious intent. The 58-year-old veteran entertainer revealed on Monday in live streaming that he was dizzy after getting a flu shot. 

On Monday, the 58-year-old veteran entertainer revealed in a streaming session that he was dizzy after getting a flu shot. (Courtesy of Jacky Wu/Facebook)

He expressed regrets for “acting smart” this time and getting the flu jab after decades of avoiding it, he added.

“The whole world’s spinning and it’s like drinking two bottles of whiskey,” the host said. “I’d never had a flu shot before this and I’ve always had a very strong immune system, so I might not need it for the time being,” he said. 

At a press briefing in Taipei on Tuesday, Chuang called on people to see a doctor rather than posting on social media when they feel uncomfortable after getting a flu vaccine. 

The statement was seen as a hint at Jacky Wu’s streaming video regarding the vaccine reactions.