Every year we are encouraged from all sides to get our flu shot, and the pressure seems to build with every new season. Scare stories of the latest superbug lurk uneasily in the wings and the media feeds the hype. It may begin to feel as if you are pushing against the tide if you are one of those souls who like to make up your own mind about what you put into your body and why. It can be a daunting decision for some, not wanting to do the “wrong thing”.
The flu shot used to be recommended for those who were more vulnerable such as the very young (babies older than 6 months) or the elderly, as it is especially the elderly that succumb to the flu virus. But now there is an increasing push to encourage everyone, even the healthy, to get the shot. What is behind this push? Is it really necessary?
Those of us that are reasonably healthy or believe in going the more natural route that works in harmony with our bodies may wonder if jabbing germs (even the deactivated vaccine form) straight into our bloodstream makes a whole lot of sense when we have our own natural inbuilt immune mechanisms. When we take good care of ourselves, don’t our bodies know how to go about fending off the invading lurgies just fine on their own? We go about our business every day exposed to innumerable germs anyway.
It’s also about the freedom to make an informed choice according to your own conscience what you feel is the best way to take care of yourself and your family responsibly. Without being manipulated by fear and other people’s deep pockets. What do you think the motives of big pharmaceutical companies who sell the latest flu jab each year are? What if they have a greater long term impact on your health than is worth it? It’s a complex question worth thinking about.
Is getting the flu shot more dangerous than taking a chance with the flu?
How do vaccines work?
The idea with vaccines is that they prepare your body to fend off an illness without you actually getting the illness. When a virus enters your body, immune cells called lymphocytes produce antibodies to fight against the invader. This happens on a daily basis all the time. With a more virulent bug it may take a few days for your body to get a handle on it though. A vaccine is an inactive weakened or dead form of an antigen (germ) that is injected into your body to create an immune response. It “teaches” your immune system about the germ so that it creates ‘memory cells’. These memory cells kick in if you are exposed to the real deal as your body remembers the germ and is ready to deal with it. The reasoning is that your body will then make short work of the antigen and you won’t get sick. The producers of the vaccines say you can’t get flu from the vaccines as the viruses in it are dead or have been deactivated.
Those advocating the shot say that it is around 60% effective in preventing the specific flu strains that are in the vaccine. This means that they need to pick which strains of flu they think will be the most prevalent that season and that it won’t protect you from the hundreds of other respiratory viruses around in winter.
When you get the shot you may experience side effects – this is where the controversy comes in – what exactly are they and what do they mean? You may experience aches and pains, a low grade fever, runny nose, headache, or even vomiting a day or two after inoculation. This is supposedly your body reacting to the vaccination to produce immunity. It takes about 2 weeks after a flu shot to ramp up to full effectivity and it’s supposed to stay effective for up to 9 months after.
The major argument given for the shot is that if you don’t get it you are more likely to get sick and infect others. Or even if you are healthy and you don’t get the shot you could be a carrier. The more people are vaccinated the less likely people are to come into contact with the virus, creating what is called “herd immunity”. They also say that you are less likely to develop complications if you do get it.
But there are many arguments that call into question how true this blanket statement is and whether it can be used to justify what some people perceive to be unnecessary fear-mongering and some possible dangerous side effects that can compromise our health rather than help it. Is it always a good thing to follow the herd?
There have been numerous articles published in medical journals showing that vaccines can actually lead to serious health problems including harmful immunological responses and all sorts of other infections. There are stories of people who became seriously ill directly after receiving the shot and there is mounting evidence that it can increase the danger of Alzheimer’s.
Your body’s natural immunity pathways
Apart from all the studies – just use your own logic for a moment. How do germs usually get into your body? Through the air and your food right? Our immune system starts in our nasal and oral passages and goes down into our gut. That is where our body is equipped to activate its natural immune response. As we have been saying at every turn – your gut is crucial to your health and immunity. Injecting a pathogen straight into your bloodstream bypasses these natural systems that would initiate your body’s defenses and shocks our body with an assault from an unexpected angle.
There is a lack of real evidence
According to the former Chief Vaccine Officer at the FDA, there is no evidence that any flu vaccine so far is effective in preventing or reducing the symptoms of flu. Even the package inserts for the vaccines say it may help prevent the flu.
The blunting effect
There has been evidence that people who have had previous flu shots were less protected from certain influenza strains in later years. And the fact is that the long-term effects of getting an annual flu shot are completely unknown and have not been thoroughly studied.
Toxic ingredients & Pregnant moms
One of the main concerns in vaccines is the presence of Thimerosal , a mercury derivative , as well as other toxic ingredients such as detergent, formaldehyde, and possible strains of live flu virus. These toxins are known to cause serious neurological disorders. A multi-dose flu shot contains a dose of mercury much higher than the maximum safe daily exposure limit. Mercury toxicity can cause memory loss, depression, ADD, digestive imbalances, respiratory problems, heart diseases and many other serious health illnesses.
This is especially important for pregnant women as mercury is toxic to the brain and has been associated with autism and developmental problems in babies. In fact, what is most disturbing is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledges that not enough testing has not been done in humans to be sure it is safe for pregnant women, and yet they are encouraging pregnant women to get the shot. Even the package inserts published by the flu vaccine manufacturers say that they don’t know whether the vaccine can cause foetal harm.
An important thing to realise too, is that if you experience any unforeseen problems from the vaccine, who will be held accountable? How will you prove this was the case? It is worrying that there doesn’t seem to be any accountability here. Does that mean we are being pressured into a voluntary mass experiment? With the financial incentives involved, what are their true motives?
One size fits all?
We are all so unique and we all know that what works for one person may not work for another. Rolling out a standard vaccine each year for millions of people feels a little like we are machines on an assembly line. How do they know it is the right thing for so many people?
There are other ways
There are other ways to protect ourselves against the flu. Even simple details like washing your hands regularly, eating healthy antioxidant-rich foods, and the amazing benefits of natural immune boosters such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Elderberry and Echinacea.
The flu isn’t a pleasant experience and of course we would all love to be permanently immune. Take care of yourself the best you can and use your own discernment and common sense. But also consider that if you do get it, the chances of recovering are pretty good! And perhaps your body needs the downtime. The more naturally and in harmony with your body you deal with infections, the stronger and fitter your own inbuilt immune system will be.
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