Annual Flu Vaccination:
What You Should Know
It seems like every year, the push to “get vaccinated” is more pronounced than the last year. Government officials, television commercials, your local Walgreens...it's everywhere. For years, the CDC has pushed the “pro-vaccination” agenda. Now, I'm not completely against vaccination. I know that it has it's place. Polio would still be running rampant without the polio vaccine. And it's pretty common knowledge that the human body can build an immunity to certain bacteria and viruses over time. But is the flu vaccine really necessary? Let's take a look at how the vaccine is actually produced, the ingredients in the vaccine, how well it really protects you, and finally any dangers that may be associated with the annual flu vaccination.
How it's produced:
Basically, every year, the top minds at the CDC put their heads together and decide which strains of the flu virus they think will be most prevalent in the next flu season. There is a lot of number-crunching, head-scratching, and vote-taking, but ultimately, they guess at it. From there, they start mass-producing the vaccine for next year, in order to get it finished in time for everybody in the country to get their annual injections. They inject the strains of virus that they think will be most common next year into chicken eggs so they can grow. Once the virus replicates enough, they extract it (along with parts of the chicken egg) and add a few other ingredients to weaken the virus and help preserve the vaccine until it can be used.
Ingredients in the shot you're injected with:
Three or Four weakened flu strains, depending on whether you're getting the Trivalent or the Quadrivalent flu shot. This is the only ingredient that serves a purpose, whatsoever. It is what produces the immuno-response in your body and gets your antibodies fighting the virus...strenghthening them. That way, in case they encounter the same virus again, they'll know how to fight it.
Formaldehyde. There's no real way around it....formaldehyde is highly toxic and is what's used to embalm people. The CDC says that the amount of it in the flu shot is not enough to harm humans, but in reality, people react differently to different chemicals....it's an unnecessary risk to include it in the vaccination.
Aluminum Salts: Aluminum is considered a heavy metal. While research is inconclusive...you will hear different results depending on which study you read, a lot of experts recommend cleansing your body of heavy metals regularly and have linked them to multiple diseases and disorders.
Gelatin: The gelatin used in most vaccines is derived from pig-based collagen. Most people are unaware of this. It presents a HUGE problem if you're a vegan or if your religion doesn't allow contact with swine (Jews and Muslims). A lot of people aren't even allowed to come in CONTACT with pork...but the government has us injecting it into our bodies.
Thimerosal: We've all heard the back-and-forth about thimerosal. The issue is that thimerosal contains mercury. It's, again, a small amount. But even in small amounts, why would you want to purposely inject it in your body, when the same government that insists you don't eat tuna when the mercury level is too high is pushing you to inject mercury into your body? There are unknown side-effects in small doses, but over time mercury CAN build up in your body to toxic levels. Take a few minutes to google symptoms of mercury poisoning vs. symptoms of autism. They're strangely similar.
Chicken Egg Proteins: May or may not be an issue for you. But for anyone with an allergy or for vegans, this could be an issue.
Antibiotics: This is used primarily to weaken the flu virus that's contained in the vaccination. The problem with this – and any physician will agree – is that you should never use antibiotics if you don't need them. This can cause your body and/or viruses to build up an immunity to the antibiotics, making them less-effective or not effective at all. This is how the MRSA virus was created. A normal strain of staph built up an immunity to antibiotics.
So, as you can see....a lot more goes into creating the vaccination than just dropping some weakened strains of the flu virus into some saline. Individually, the ingredients may or may not be harmful to someone, but together, they form a cocktail of things you probably shouldn't inject into your body. The flu vaccination is basically the “meth” of the vaccine world. All kinds of crazy things that don't belong in there.
So, how well does the vaccine protect you?
This is an interesting question. The answer.....it depends. From the CDC website:
"While vaccine effectiveness can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are
well-matched to the flu vaccine."
"During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating influenza
viruses, it is possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed."
Here's the MAIN issue: the guesswork. Some years, the virus that they make the vaccine for isn't even the virus that is circulating. These years, the vaccination has absolutely zero effectiveness and millions of people are injecting this stuff into their bodies for nothing but big pharma profits. If they DO guess right, it's about 50/50 in it's effectiveness (from the CDC numbers). Here are a few statistics they may shed a little more light on the effectiveness overall:
In 2014, the flu vaccination was less than 20% effective against the H3N2 virus, because of a single mutation in the virus.1
Just last year, the vaccine was extremely ineffective for people 65 years and older, even though it WAS matched properly to the virus in circulation.2
Government studies that show the benefit of the flu vaccine are regularly biased to make the numbers appear more in favor of getting the vaccine.3
Studies have shown that with each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection provided by the vaccine diminishes.4
People who received the flu vaccination in 2008 had TWICE the risk of getting the H1N1 virus, than those who didn't receive the flu shot.5
Children who receive vaccines have a THREE times higher risk of hospitalization dues to influenza than those who do not receive the vaccination.6
Non-government-funded science reviews have shown that flu shots do not prevent influenza or complications of influenza.7
As you can see, there is an ABUNDANCE of research that has shown flu vaccination to be very little to no help in actually preventing the flu. It seems like the only research that shows that it DOES help is government-funded research....which is suspect at best. So...it doesn't help. But it doesn't hurt, right?
Risks involved in getting the annual vaccination:
We've all heard the anti-vaxxers like Jenny McCarthy talk about vaccines causing autism. The truth is, there hasn't been enough research into that to form an opinion one way or the other. Vaccines may or may not be linked to autism...it's unknown at this point. However, there are KNOWN health risks involved, including normal side-effects, serious long-term disorders and permanent damage.
Side Effects: The flu vaccine, in some cases brings soreness, fainting or swelling from the shot itself, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches for a couple of days, according to the CDC. People who experience an allergic reaction shortly after receiving the shot could have difficulty breathing, swelling, hives, a fast heartbeat or dizziness.8
Serious Disorders: The CDC notes that some studies have found a rare connection between the flu vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome, in which a person’s immune system attacks their nerve cells, causing weakness or even paralysis that can sometimes be permanent.9
I know this was a very LONG read, but there's much, much more research out there that's been done...this was only a summary of what I thought were a few of the more important points pertaining to flu vaccinations. I hope this has been informative and you've learned a few things that you didn't know before. I know that I did.....pig-based collagen.....yum. Hopefully, this will help you all to determine what is right for you and your family this flu season. Remember....the harder the government tries to push something on you, the more you should probably look into it. There are a lot of people out there making a whole lot of money on the flu-vaccine ad campaign. They push it on everyone, as if getting the flu is going to kill you and the only way to stop it is by getting this useless vaccine. Well, the flu vaccine isn't for everyone. Maybe you feel like the risk is worth the reward, but I'm a betting man, and I only gamble when the odds are in my favor.