Is the Flu Shot right for you?

Peak Performance ChiropracticImmune SystemIs the Flu Shot right for you?
18
Nov
2015

So, I’ve shared some ways to stay healthy this winter and make your immune system a POWERHOUSE in past blogs (HERE and HERE). Why did my list not include the flu shot?

To be honest, I probably could list 25 reasons that I don’t recommend a flu shot. But here are my top 6 reasons:

A flu shot is comprised of a virus that is a GUESS at what will be the most common strain or strains of viruses of the flu for this coming year. Every year, public health doctors select three influenza virus strains to include in the annual flu shot: two type A flu strains and one type B flu strain. They try to pick flu strains they think will be circulating in most countries. Sometimes the flu shot does not contain the flu virus strains that are associated with most cases of the flu in a given year.So, let’s put aside the argument about how well the flu shot does protect against the flu and just say, for argument’s sake, that it works 100% of the time against the virus it was created for. There are hundreds of types of flu. And even the CDC knows and tells us about drift and shift, as viral genetic makeup can change and our body doesn’t recognize it as the same anymore (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/change.htm). So with all those potential invaders out there, what are my chances that the one I have been vaccinated against is the same one that I come across in my state, in my town, on my street that you come across in your state, your town, on your street? I wouldn’t put $100 on Black 22 on the Roulette table, and I don’t find the odds of a flu shot to be overly favorable either.

If you get a flu shot every year, studies show that subsequent shots are less effective. Basically, researches found that the flu shots were given TOO CLOSE together, thus making the most recent one less effective or in some cases, even ineffective. Read more about that here: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/March-2013/effectiveness-of-flu-vaccine-raises-more-red-flags.aspx

We get the flu primarily because of a Vitamin D deficiency, thus causing a weakened immune system. In other words, every single thing you are exposed to doesn’t have to make you sick! If it did, we would all be fighting off colds, flues and other infections 24/7. Read more in my last blog HERE, or in this article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/25/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-why-you-get-flu.aspx

Studies that have been used to make public health policy regarding the flu shot have been cited inaccurately at best, and much of their data swayed. In this extremely informative video, you can see the specifics on how they sway the data to get the claims they want: http://www.innatechoice.com/viewvideo.cfm?id=1F306184-A5E5-6F58-2B079288EEF7DAD9&return=webinars.cfm Don’t have time to watch the video? Some of the stats are listed in this article: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/October-2012/Influenza-Deaths–The-Hype-vs–The-Evidence.aspx

While your body is dealing with and mounting the immune response to a flu shot (typically around 2 weeks in the average person), your immune system is in a setback, defensive mode. During this time, you are more likely to get sick with something else, including other colds, or another strain of the flu.

Want to know what is in the flu shot? Check out these package inserts: http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Influenza/Influenza-Vaccine-Package-Inserts.aspx. They vary by manufacturer, but here are some common ingredients: • Mercury • Formaldehyde, MSG and other chemicals • Egg protein • Antibiotics • Gelatin • Sucrose

And while you are on the above link, note that despite flu shot being recommended to pregnant women, there have been no adequate studies showing SAFETY to the fetus.

The CDC might recommend them, but I’m not jumping on their bandwagon anytime soon. I am not scared of fighting off the flu, and I don’t personally believe the potential benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. At the end of the day, the choice to get a flu shot or not is yours and yours alone. Learn all you can, and then pick what is best for you and your family based on your needs.

Here are 8 questions you can ask yourself before getting the flu shot (“If You Vaccinate, Ask 8” – courtesy of NVIC.org)

1. Am I or my child sick right now?

2. Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?

3. Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?

4. Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?

5. Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?

6. Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?

7. Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?

8. Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?

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