Cold and flu season is upon us and maybe you’re trying to decide if you should get the flu shot or not. There is a lot of controversy over whether or not getting the flu shot is a safe and effective method of prevention. Some may argue that for people with compromised immune systems, for example the elderly, it would be in their best interests so to receive the shot so they don’t end up in the hospital. On the other hand, could this just be another ploy for the pharmaceutical companies to cash in at our expense? What exactly is in the flu shot anyway? How about potential short term AND long term side effects that we should know about before deciding to get the flu shot or not?!
So how effective is it? Researchers have to simply “guess” which strains will circulate each year. Their top three guesses are then put into the vaccine. There’s also a not-statistically-significant reduction in flu rates each year, suggesting that the vaccine matters little: about 3% of people who are not vaccinated get the flu, while 2% who were vaccinated do. Really? We’re looking at only a 1% difference! Is it worth it?
What else is in the flu shot? Thought you’d never ask! The flu vaccine contains thimerosal, mercury, formaldehyde, detergents and aluminum. These horrible poisons are injected right into your body and can cause neurological damage, and are now showing strong links to autism and alzheimer’s. One report shows that people who received the flu vaccine each year for 3 to 5 years had a 10-fold greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than people who did not have any flu shots. Also with age the immune system weakens, thus lowering your ability to fight off infections. Introducing the flu virus in the bodies of elderly could have dangerous consequences.
Now think about the impact this vaccine can have over someone with a suppressed immune system- if you have a disease that is already lowering your body’s ability to fight a virus, taking the flu shot will put your body in danger of getting the full effects of the flu and make you more susceptible to pneumonia and other contagious diseases.
Who is pushing the flu shot and what do they stand to gain? The Center for Disease Control appoints a 15-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This committee is responsible for deciding who should be vaccinated each year. Almost all the ACIP have a financial interest in immunizations. The very people pushing these vaccines stand to make billions of dollars. $$$$$$$ …. just sayin’.
So what can we do to stay healthy this year? There are so many things you can do to stay healthy during cold and flu season! Practice proper hand washing techniques, increase your vitamin D levels, even take a blend of immune boosting mushrooms, like the Immune 7! Load up on vitamin C or echinacea. Combining any of these with good hand washing methods will ensure a much higher chance of avoiding the flu! All important things to consider before deciding whether you should go ahead and get the flu short or not.
“Vaccines are the backbone of the entire Pharmaceutical industry. The vaccinated children become customers for life.” – Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is one of the country’s most knowledgeable and outspoken physicians regarding the impact of vaccines on health.