I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile. I know some will agree with me and many won’t…it’s still something that I need to share. First of all, I write this post as someone who has experienced vaccine injury through my younger sister. In this country, most of us follow the exact same vaccine schedule and because of this my sister now deals with two autoimmune disorders at the age of sixteen. So while I’m not anti-vaccine, I do believe that we need to start questioning what we’re injecting ourselves with and that we can make schedule adjustments as needed.
I also am writing this post from the perspective of a creative entrepreneur. I don’t work in a hospital around infants, the sick or the elderly. I am in control of my healthcare and day-to-day decisions and am speaking from that lifestyle. Just like diet, exercise and daily habits, we don’t force anything on our readers. We love sharing our opinions based on research and experience.
But let’s get back to the point of this post: the flu shot!
What is a flu shot?
Before I go into details on why I don’t get a flu shot each year, let’s discuss what a flu shot is and how it’s made. At the beginning of each calendar year, officials head to Asia to find out which strains of the flu are active in that continent. They assume that those strains will make their way to the U.S. each fall and they hope to be prepared. Obviously if they’re wrong (or if the strain mutates/evolves) then you’re not getting anything that will help. And as Dr. Mercola puts it, “to add insult to injury, you’ve just been injected with a laundry list of harmful ingredients.”
He also goes on to inform us that the flu strains selected are cultivated in chick embryos for several weeks before being inactivated with formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. Then they’re preserved with thimerosal, which is 49 percent mercury by weight.
Excuse me while I go throw up.
Some flu shots contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit for mercury. They also include:
- Triton X-100 (detergent)
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
- Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
- Betapropiolactone (disinfectant)
- Nonoxynol (used to kill or stop growth of STDs)
- Octoxinol 9 (a vaginal spermicide)
- Sodium phosphate
Now you know the risks from getting a flu shot, what about GETTING the flu?
To be honest, I do think that there are some people who don’t care about what they inject into their body. I think that for some people missing 3-5 days of work isn’t possible and I understand that parents can’t swing that type of time off. I hope that when I’m at that point in my life, I can weigh my options and at least know what I’m saying YES to.
As far as deaths associated with the flu go – it’s a bit skewed. My own mother (who has been a nurse for over 20 years), brought to my attention that death caused directly by the flu virus isn’t as common as you’d think. The vast majority of so-called “flu deaths” are in fact due to bacterial pneumonia – a potential complication of the flu if your immune system is too weak. I was skeptical at first but decided to do my research and found that it was true. I found the following information:
Unfortunately, the CDC grossly distorts the facts about flu deaths, making the flu virus seem far more dangerous than is warranted. On the CDC’s main flu page 1, they state that about 36,000 people die from the flu in the United States each year. But if you search a little harder, you can find the actual number of people who died from the flu in 2005 (this is the most recent data that’s available) was 1,806. The remainder was caused by pneumonia. In 2004, there were just 1,100 actual flu deaths.
The elderly and people with other pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, are at higher risk of developing pneumonia after a bout of the flu.
Okay but does it work?
Study after study comes back showing the same results: the flu vaccines are not an effective method of prevention of the flu and they do not save lives. In a vaccine insert for the 09-10 strand, the company FLULAVAL states:
FLULAVAL is an influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.
But of course we never see those package inserts, do we? For years I would let them inject me with anything, really. Need more proof?
- Vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits. Read here.
- A study found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. Read here.
- Research that confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia in the elderly. Read here.
- A review of 51 studies found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under two. The studies involved 260,000 children, age six to 23 months. Read here.
So then what? GET THE FLU?
*Also, keep in mind that the flu shot does not claim to (ever) prevent the stomach flu (there’s a difference between the stomach flu and influenza)
What’s your opinion? Do you get the flu shot? How do you stay healthy?