Lynette Volkers, RN, BSN
November 10, 2009
The timing is impeccable. As the leaves morph into their vibrant fall colors so comes the onslaught of the dreaded flu season. “Get your flu shot here” posters spring up in every corner. The media does its job well. By repeatedly discussing outbreaks and flu-related deaths, the public is motivated by fear. Americans everywhere rush to get the magic flu ‘jab,’ victims of media-hype and massive marketing.
Why do we get flu shots? Supposedly to protect us from fever, body aches and some upper respiratory illness that lasts at the most 3-5 days. However, studies show that the flu shot is not effective. Both information from the FDA and the manufacturer’s package insert indicate that the flu shot should NOT be given to pregnant women; yet they are at the top of the priority list for receiving this fall’s flu shots. Vaccination of healthy adults reduces the risk of contracting influenza by a mere 6 percent. And there is no evidence that injecting children 6 to 24 months of age with a flu shot is any more effective than placebo. Some reports actually suggest you have an increased chance of contacting the flu after you receive the flu shot. In other words, getting the flu shot offers no guarantee you will not become ill.
Your doctor and the media are not telling you what is coming through that needle. Besides the formula of viruses scientists concoct by an admitted guess, you also get a big dose of problems. Flu shots contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and all multi-dose flu shot vials have thimerosal, (mercury), a controversial ingredient linked to autism. Others ingredients include polysorbate 80, shown to cause infertility in mice; gentamycin, an antibiotic, and Triton X100, a strong detergent.
It is infuriating that the truth about both H1N1 Swine flu and the seasonal flu is not accurately portrayed in the media. If you spend some time on the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) website, you would find that less than 1,000 people actually die each year from the flu, not the 36,000 deaths robotically reported by the media. One could speculate there is a conspiracy between the government, the drug companies, and the media. This game allows billions of dollars to pour into the deep pockets of Big Pharma while millions of Americans are injured by flu shots incessantly hyped by the fear-mongering press. The role of medicine is to treat disease. Anyone who takes time to learn the truth about vaccines will find that vaccinations do not prevent disease but rather they stoke the fires and perpetuate disease, insuring that doctors and pharmaceutical companies have diseases to treat in the future.
Before you decide to get the flu shot, take responsibility for your health. One of the most important preventions you can do is to get your vitamin D level checked; be sure the level is about 60ng/mL. Do some research on websites that are not sponsored by drug company money. A few I like are listed below. If the flu gets you down this winter, let your body do what it was made to do – heal itself. Stay at home, increase your vitamin C and vitamin D, avoid junk food, get plenty of sleep, cough or sneeze into a tissue, and most importantly, wash your hands.