Should You Get the Flu Shot?
Spring is here!! The days are getting longer and the temperature keeps fluctuating. Many people I know are getting sick, whether a flu bug or cold. Should you get the flu shot?
I personally have never had the flu shot, but if you have had one in the past or considering getting one this year, before you decide to get vaccinated, you should become flu vaccine educated. You need to understand what is in these vaccines, what the side effects are, how effective they are against protecting you from the flu, and do your research and become familiar on the product manufacture inserts from the drug companies that make the flu shots.
Manufacturers in the past have always used eggs to produce the flu vaccine. Dog kidney cells and army worm cells are now being used as well to grow the vaccine. This allows the drug companies to produce the flu vaccine more quickly and to get a bigger yield. There is not much known on the long-term effect of using these types of cells to grow the vaccine, such as contamination from other animal viruses. These cells also have the potential to cause cancer. Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Here is a great interview between Dr. Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher, the head of the National Vaccine Information Center, about the flu shot.
Should You Get the Flu Shot?
One of the main questions you should be asking yourself - does the flu vaccine reduce deaths?
If you take a look at the statistics, you will notice that the death rate for influenza and pneumonia was at 200 per 100,000 and that slowly declined over the years. Aside from the 1918 flu pandemic, the death rate continued to decline and reached about 20 to 25 per 100,000 by the early 1970s when there was the initial push for flu vaccines.
Deaths from influenza and pneumonia had decreased by 90% before there was an idea to push for widespread vaccination. This isn’t surprising at all since infectious disease death rates had declined well before there were vaccines. Measles deaths had declined by almost 100% and whooping cough deaths by over 99% before either of their perspective vaccines. Other infectious diseases such as scarlet fever, typhoid, typhus, cholera, and others all decreased to virtually zero without any widespread use of any vaccine.
Isn't it amazing that there was a 90% decrease in deaths before the use of any flu vaccine? What caused this massive decrease in deaths from infectious disease? When you go get your flu shot do they share any of this information with you?
There is one more thing you probably should know – that the statistics almost always lump the flu and pneumonia together. It’s assumed that influenza and pneumonia are strongly linked so that’s why they are often grouped together for data reporting, but that association is often lost when claims are made that 36,000 people die each year from the flu. But what they actually mean is “flu-related” deaths not from the flu itself and that complication is pneumonia.
So in actuality, the number of lives lost to the flu by percentage is less than 1%, and only a few were actually positively identified as the flu. So where does this 36,000 flu deaths figure come from? It comes from a model generated by the CDC and not actually verified numbers.
Remember the flu is a type of virus and there are so many different strains. Viruses often mutate so the flu shot becomes ineffective.
Did you know that during the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC — in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss. In seniors, aged 65 and over, the US flu vaccines were only nine percent effective.
Here is a great article from the Center for Research on Globalization on the Effectiveness of the Flu Vaccine against Influenza.
In the video below, Dr. Mark Geier explains the dangers of the flu vaccine due to a lack of long-term testing. Dr. Geier is NOT anti-vaccine. He is an MD and has a PhD in genetics. He spent 10 years working at the National Institute of Health, and was a professor at John Hopkins University as a geneticist. He is also the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He worked on vaccine safety and efficacy for more than 30 years.
He was one of four scientists that worked to replace the DTP vaccine, a vaccine that caused every child to become sick with a high fever at the time of vaccination, with the DTAP vaccine, which is a more purified vaccine and causes illness due to fever in only 3% of those vaccinated.
In the video, he explains that the flu shot causes Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and that the flu shot is not very effective in preventing the flu. He also explains that the CDC does not follow the law for vaccines in requiring long-term safety testing for the influenza vaccine like they do with other vaccines, as it is impossible to test a vaccine that changes every year. So the flu vaccine is basically an experimental vaccine that they want to give out to 300 million people every year.
There are also no studies showing the safety of giving the flu vaccine to the same person every single year. However, Dr. Geier points out that the CDC is in the business of distributing flu vaccines, because they represent 300 million doses per year, whereas all the childhood vaccines together only number 20 million.
Dr. Geier goes on to explain that flu is “the wrong thing to vaccinate against” because you have to keep re-vaccinating against it every year, unlike childhood infectious diseases, such as smallpox, that are only vaccinated for once. Dr. Geier points out how ridiculous it is to spend billions of dollars on a vaccine that might, at its best, save about 50 lives a year, when there are far more serious problems causing death that are more worthy of that kind of expenditure.
Dr. Mark Geier, PhD discusses alarming aspects of the flu vaccine - safety, efficacy & mercury.
Should You Get the Flu Shot?
Here is a link to another video worth watching from the Dr. Oz show - Should You Get the Flu Shot? He had a panel of experts on his show weighing in about this controversial issue.
Should You Get the Flu Shot? Pt 1 + 2
There are a lot of things you can do to enhance your immune system to help prevent you from not only getting the flu but other viruses.
“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates
Were you aware that over 70% of your immune system is located in your gut?
Several studies have shown that probiotics can modulate immune responses. It also found that probiotics have an anti-inflammatory potential.
Today’s lifestyle is a lot different from our grandparents. We tend to overuse antibiotics and pain medication. The antibiotics we are given are broad spectrum meaning they kill all of the bacteria in our gut – good and bad. So in order to get our immune system healthy again, we need to add probiotics to our diets.
Antioxidants also play an important role in our immune health. They are free radical fighters!!!! What are free radicals? Free radicals are atoms or a group of atoms that are missing an electron. They can form during metabolism, environmental factors such as pollution, and when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Free radicals are very unstable and generally attack the nearest stable molecule (remember cells are composed of many different types of molecules and molecules consist of one or more atoms) and steal its electron. The attacked molecule then becomes a free radical itself starting a chain reaction. To prevent free radical damage, the body requires antioxidants since your immune system is also made up of cells.
Fruits especially berries are full of antioxidants essential for a healthy immune system.
Superfoods such as wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella and barley grass are full of nutrients and minerals which help boost overall health and vitality.
Other things you can do to enhance your immune system are to wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, eat healthy, take omega-3, get plenty of sleep, exercise and avoid high levels of stress.
My Personal Recommendations:
FastTract Probiotics – What Makes FastTract Special?
- The Lactobacilli bacteria used in FastTract have been subject to a large number of stressors including heat, cold chlorine, salt, alcohol and many preservatives found in food
- This results in a ‘Super Family’ of very strong Lactobacilli (13 strains) combined with 7 wholefoods
- Bacteria sourced from fruits, vegetables and grains
- Bacteria maintain its high and active count through processing and storage until consumption
- Tolerate the acid conditions of the stomach
- Tolerate bile salts
- Increase numbers in the bowel
BerryRadical – What Makes BerryRadical Special?
- It contains 9 potent antioxidant foods in one delicious product
- Raw cacao, coffee berry, olive juice, pomegranate, goji berry, acai berry, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry
- All raw, freeze-dried powders
DeepGreen – What Makes DeepGreen Special?
- Blue-green algae: certified organic spirulina and chlorella
- Green grass juices: certified organic cold-temperature dried alfalfa, barley, kamut, oat and wheat grass juice powders
- Leafy green vegetables: certified organic freeze-dried pure vegetable powders spinach, kale, parsley, collard and nettle
- 1 tsp. is equivalent to over 60 ml of fresh green juices
For more information on these amazing certified organic herbal supplements for immune health click here.
So before you decide to get the flu shot this year, make sure you become vaccine educated. Then ask yourself this question – Should You Get the Flu Shot?
Should You Get the Flu Shot?
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