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The Truth About the Flu Vaccine Side Effects: Long Term Effect From Flu Shot

Updated on July 31, 2012

The flu vaccine side effects have raised controversy over whether the vaccine is healthy and effective. Influenza is contracted by over 50 million people each year. The most susceptible are children who are 2 to 3 times more likely to get the virus. Other susceptible groups are people over 65 years old, pregnant women and people with disease. The flu shot is promoted mostly to these groups, but it is ironic that these groups are the most vulnerable to reactions to the vaccine because their immune systems are already weakened.

The flu, (influenza), which can be caused by many different strains of the flu virus, is a respiratory infection. There are several reactions that may accompany the flu vaccine which include body aches, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat, dry cough, headaches, extreme exhaustion and fevers. These reactions are due to foreign proteins and toxic by-products that are unavoidably added in the cultivation process. When injected into the bloodstream they bypass the hydrochloric acid of the stomach, which would neutralize them, allowing for the possibility of unpleasant side effects. There are also serious concerns about the long term health consequences of taking the flu vaccine.

Dr. Richard Moskowitz, past president of the National Institute of Homeopathy, sums it up this way: "Vaccines trick the body so that it will no longer initialize a general inflammatory response. They thereby accomplish what the entire immune system seems to have evolved to prevent. They place the virus directly in the blood and give it access to the major immune organs and tissues without any obvious way of getting rid of it. These attenuated viruses and virus elements persist in the blood for a long time, perhaps permanently. This in turn implies a systematic weakening of the ability to mount an effective response, not only to childhood diseases but to other acute infections as well"

Many people have come to believe that the flu is an inevitable part of life and the only effective way to prevent it is through vaccinations. Statistically, you are not less likely to get the flu by taking the flu vaccine. During one flu epidemic in Vancouver, B.C. BCTV news reported that out of 32 people who were vaccinated, 30 ended up with the flu. (BCTV News Hour, 11/25/00) Nursing homes during this epidemic reported a much higher death rate than the previous year even though there was a 100% vaccination rate. The reason the flu vaccine has such a low success rate is because there is no way to know which strain of influenza will hit a country in the upcoming year. Choosing the composition of the flu vaccine is nothing more than an educated guess made by public health experts.

Dangerous additives in Flu Vaccines

Many people who take the flu vaccine do not experience any noticeable short term side effects. However, a number of short term side effects have been reported which include muscle pain, respiratory tract infections, eye problems, abnormal blood pressure, asthma, hives and gastrointestinal problems. The more subtle, long term effects, affect everyone. According to renowned immunogeneticist Hugh Fudenberg, people who have had five flu shots over a ten year period, have increase their risk of getting Alzheimer's disease ten times.

The reason being that the flu vaccine contains aluminum and mercury. As these heavy metals gradually build up in the brain they cause difficulty in multitasking, trouble with arithmetic, difficulty with thinking and language skills and memory loss. As a result of flu vaccinations the cases of Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple. Another toxic ingredient found in the flu vaccine is formaldehyde, which is known to cause cancer.

Build a Strong Immune System to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Have you ever known anyone who never seems to get sick? The reason is because they have a strong immune system. These individuals don’t have to be the only ones who rarely get sick. Anyone can build a strong, healthy immune system. This requires a plenty of exercise. Moderate daily exercise boosts the immune system.

Quality sleep is essential. Always sleep in a completely dark room to maximize melatonin production for high quality sleep. A healthy high-alkaline diet has all the daily requirements of key vitamins and minerals that allow the body to defend against viruses. Garlic has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Limit sugar intake from all sources. A couple of grams of sugar severely limits the white blood cells ability to prevent infections for several hours.

Healthy levels of intestinal flora are essential to good health. Adequate levels of intestinal flora promote white cell reactions against viruses and bacteria. Daily intake of probiotics from such as water kefir and plain organic yogurt will help repopulate intestinal flora which is depleted by GMO foods, processed foods and antibiotics. Taking a quality probiotic supplement may also be necessary depending on your diet.

The most important nutrients for the immune system are Vitamin A from beta carotene(10,000 IU/day), vitamin C(1000 mg/day), B6(100 mg/day), B12 (2000 mcg/day), kyolic garlic(2 tablets three times per day and Zinc(50 mg/day). Nutrients with powerful antiviral and immune system strengthening ability are astragalus and propolis which can safely be taken year round. Elderberry syrups and extracts have been proven to speed recovery time from colds and the flu.

New research conducted at Jikei University in Tokyo found that vitamin D is highly effective at stopping flu infections in children. In fact, it has been found to be eight times more effective at preventing the flu than flu vaccines. Details of the study can be found in the March 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Getting a flu shot may seem like the convenient, easy solution. Unfortunately, it is rarely effective and there are a number of possible short term side effects and due to toxic additives, the risk of certain diseases is multiplied. Eating healthy, getting plenty of rest and exercise on a daily basis, will build a strong immune system able to make frequent battles with the flu a thing of the past.


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      stacie noonan 4 years ago

      The news in my town are trying to raise the fear about getting your flu shot. So I just have to counter them with this post.

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      Janey Hood 4 years ago from UK

      It doesn't take much scratching below the surface to evidence this article. Thiomersal (mercury) has been used in vaccinations for decades and I have read it is suspected that it was part of the controversy over the MMR, maybe Dr Wakefield will one day be vindicated, who knows?

      There are other ways of optimising the immune system, the main underpinning set point is body temperature. Many people have central hypothermia as a result of incorrectly selected set points, this seriously undermines the immune system. These set points are selected incorrectly due to superstitious learning or ancestral history.

      A compromised immune system due to central hypothermia cannot deal efficiently with invasions and eventually succumbs earlier in life to idiopathic and chronic illnesses. Vaccinations, on top of a compromised immune system may actually, inadvertently, contribute to the problem.

      Thank you for drawing attention to the preservatives, there is a big push by the governments for big Pharma to fix dementia or Alzheimers by 2025, perhaps big Pharma might look a little closer to home and examine their own practices as a starting point. Unfortunately as this stuff is given to infants, the true statistics of the effects may take generations to reveal.

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      Joe 4 years ago

      I took the flu shot the last three years, this year I took and 6 days late contracted belpalsy. (sp) I will never take another one

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      mother of two 4 years ago

      Unfortunatley not. I have never been anti VAX until my newborn almost died from the HEP B shot. This and the DTAP are the most deadly. Please check all the statistics. Hours after the HEP B my little one stopped breathing and turned blue in my arms. This in fact is a known affect of this and the DTAP shot. If I had laid her down thinking she was asleep, they would have categorized it as SIDS. My Dr. Is completely unsupportive of me stretching the shots out. He didn't even seem to care that one almost killed her. I am leaving his practice immediately. I will get her immunized, but very very slowly. If after a year she hasn't gotten the whooping cough, I won't give her that one. It's simply deadly in those who have had a bad reaction. If not for her having issues with vaccines, I would be getting them all. Some kids just don't tolderate them and do DIE. The chances of her getting pertussis or almost dying from the shot are much less likely. Do the resarch. It's out there. Sids happens for many reasons but one for certains is vaccines...

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      stevemark122000 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks everyone for sharing your experience with vaccines.

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      tina 5 years ago

      i got my flu shot may 2011 and after 6 months, had pneumonia.i guess ur article is right after all

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      Barbara Reed 6 years ago

      I got the flu shot in September, 2011. By the time I drove home I was deathly sick. Not just a minor reaction but really sick. I now get sick with Fever, Chills, Weakness, Upset Stomach, Stuffy Nose etc. on an average of every three weeks. My Immune System used to be excellent, if I felt something was " Coming On" all I had to do was sleep and I was cured without any medicine.

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      Tarina 6 years ago

      i got the flu shot last Sunday, what a big mistake. I have body aches, chills, stuffy nose, sore throat, dry cough, headaches, but the worst is the extreme exhaustion. It feels like my brain has stop working and the symptoms is getting worse. It's been 8 days now. What can I do to feel better and how long will it take to work out my system?

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      Darby 6 years ago

      I am one of those who got the flu shot for the first time and I will NEVER get one again. I was sick for over a month with a horrible cold, sore throat and cough...never had this happen before. I have also had a very hard time staying asleep through the night. I've been doing a lot of research on the additives in flu shots and it makes complete sense to me why I have had the problems I have had. Thanks for the article!

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      June 6 years ago

      I have had the flu several times in my life and it made me so ill I could not function for months. It also left me with asthmatic symptoms that lasted for over a year after each bout. Because of that I have gotten the flu shot every year for the last 25 years or so, except for the year that my husband died. I haven't had the flu during all the years when I had the shots. I have also had significantly less colds than I had previously had. I have never gotten the flu from the flu shot. I have never gotten flu-like symptoms from the flu shot. I have experienced a small amount of swelling at the site of the shot on one or two occasions and during two different flu seasons I have experienced some joint pain during the year (not immediately associated with the shot). After the terrible bouts that I had with the flu I will not risk going without the flu shot. I feel like it has kept me alive.

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      Trenton 6 years ago

      Got my flu shot about a month ago. Didn't hurt, no swelling, nothing. Guess I got lucky!

      But to all those who say it doesn't work: it didn't work because the virus you got and the virus that was in the shot were different. If you're going to get a flu shot, I'd wait a month or two into the season as then the shot should have the most occurring form of that virus for that season. When they first make the shots, they aren't really sure what strain will be spreading.

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      JB 6 years ago

      I have willingly received a flu shot for many years as it has always been offered at my employment settings, medical center and public school. I've never had anything other than very mild symptoms for about a day afterwards so this fall (Oct. 2011) I didn't hesitate to get my regular shot. Unfortunately, this time was different. Had the shot at 4:00 pm and by 8:30 pm had a sore throat, fever, extreme fatigue, and developed blisters (some with pus) on my throat. After a week, went to my GP who ran a rapid strep test which came back positive. Took 3 rounds of antibiotics (yes 3) which eliminated the strep however it is now 4 full months later and I am still fatigued and still have the throat blisters which have not changed at all in appearance! I also saw an ENT who ruled out mono, strep in the blood, etc. I am not saying that the shot gave me strep however I find odd that I was in perfect health immediately prior to the shot and now am still suffering from symptoms months later. After this experience, I will never have another flu shot! I found this HUB very interesting and agree that perhaps there is a cummulative build-up of "something" that eventually compromises your immune system rather than helps it.

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      Diane Arbogast 6 years ago

      I have never had a flu shoat because of all the heavy metals that are in them. Who needs to increase their chances of Alzheimer's? Have you ever heard of NutriFeron? Great immune booster.

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      jackie 6 years ago

      ihad the flu jab last january and by feb was so ill with bad cough sore throat and couldn't breath properlly i was put on antibiotics steroids for my lungs and an inhailer to help my breathing its taken nearly 6 months for my chest to get better didn't think anything about the flue jab so went and it again a month ago n yes im on antibiotics for chest infection n ear infection and allso got runny nose sore throat WILL NOT B HAVING IT AGAIN

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      Christabel Evans 6 years ago from England, UK

      Very useful information. People can now make an informed decision. thanks for sharing.

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      Frustratedmom 6 years ago

      I just went to the doctors office with my 3 year old son who had complained of ear pain to get checked out. The appointment went great until the end when

      the doctor asked if he had a flu

      shot. I advised the doctor no.

      The doctor told me he wanted to

      send someone in now to give it

      to him. I told the doctor his dad

      and I didn't want to give it to him

      and that we especially weren't

      satisfied that the h1n1 vaccine

      was safe an I knew that was in it.

      He replied you don't have to

      worry about that. I told him we

      would talk about it at home and

      decide later to which he asked

      when would you bring him back

      in for the shot. I told him we are

      not getting a shot today and will

      decide if our son gets the flu

      shot at all. As soon as that

      conversation ended the doctor

      was rude to me and made me

      feel like I was being a bad

      parent. I am still fuming! I mean

      it is a flu shot and it is our decision whether our son tales it or not. The way they push it on you makes you feel like there is even more to question about it.

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      Jackie 6 years ago

      I will never ever have the flu gab ever I mean EVER again. Had it twice in my life and each time I got so sick. It also follows into bronchitis. Its so hard getting rid of it. Been sick now for over 2 months now.

      The one I got this year, made me so sick that I got blood in my stools and I did tell my doctor but she said I am not going to investigate it coz it could be my endomitrioses. I did tell here its got nothing to do with that but she send me home with no help even after having a good cry, coz I was so tierd of feeling tierd and for ever sick after I got the jab. I caught so much that (and still coughing now with thick sticky mucus) it aggravated my endometrioses and brought my pms on by 10 folds.

      So no I will never get it again

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      CRMoneysaver 6 years ago from Eastern Iowa

      Awesome hub! I would be interested to hear your thoughts about the vaccination - autism connection. Many folks think that the rise in autism rates and in Alzheimer's is related. My children don't get this one or Chicken Pox and take a slower schedule on other vaccinations.

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      dusterbusterv1 6 years ago

      I'm 19 years old and I received the flu shot four days ago and since then, I've been very ill with a fever, bad cough, sore muscles and sore throat. I honestly didn't really want the flu shot after seeing so many bad articles and stories from people, but being a shy person that has an anxiety with telling people "no" and not wanting to face the wrath of my mother's anger, as she is a firm believer in the flu shot, I reluctantly went along with it after my doctor informed me a nurse was on her way to my room with the flu shot.

      I've only had one flu shot before this, which was eight years ago at age 11. The thought that I've caused myself irreversible brain/neurological/bodily damage of some sort absolutely horrifies me. Is there anything I can do to reverse anything bad that could possibly happen? If so, please e-mail me at

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      Madeline 6 years ago

      Our local hospital made the flu shot mandatory and anyone wanting a doctors note to get out of taking the vaccination will be fired.

      Great policy in this economy. No shot no job.

      If I didn't need the income I would have walked, but now I am home feeling achy, tired and have a killer sore throat. It really makes me angry companies can do this and I wish articles like yours could be furnished to employees first before policies are made.

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      annie 6 years ago

      I had a flu jab on tues my arm is very swollen red and hot,also very tired, aches and chills one minute then burning hot,but what i find most interesting here is other people have a racing heart beat,i didn't connect this to flu jab till i read this,i also have had pain in other arm in same place!Does anyone know what is causing racing heart?I had no idea what the flu jab contained,now i do i wont be having it again.Thank you for the enlightment.I will be sharing the knowledge.

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      cal 6 years ago

      I had a flu shot this year like each year, but time it had muscle pain that has lasted more than two weeks.After 10min. or so I could not lift arm past shoulder,the pain is still so bad,I have gone to be set twice.Pain meds. do not help. Iam 64 had shots so big it took a week to sit,and this was worse..You might want to get it in the back side!!


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      Angelica 6 years ago

      My 10 year old daughter had a grand mal seizure 9 days after the flu shot. She has never had a seizure before and never had a flu shot before. She is applying for citizenship and it was required. I am mad!!!

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      Homeopaths are known to treat damage caused by the Flu vaccine.

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      springsister 6 years ago

      Steve, Thanks for the info. However, I'd like to reverse the vaccine and get it out of my body completely. Is that possible? I feel the flu shot and its chemicals is the reason why I have feeling ill for over a month. How can I get rid of these toxins that are in the flu shot and get them out of my body?

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment springsister!

      An effective way to dramatically decrease the duration of Flu symptoms is to drink juice made from a juicer. The juice must be consumed as soon as it is juiced ( 8-12 ounces) twice a day for at least 3 days. The juice must be made from fresh produce such as carrots (5 carrots without stems) oranges( 2 whole, peeled oranges) and spinach (2 cups)

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      springsister 6 years ago

      I got the flu shot about a month ago and I have not felt well since then. First of all, I developed a fever blister on the outside of my mouth. Then I got an eye infection. Now, I have a feeling of body aches that don't go away. I feel an overall feeling of tiredness and exhaustion that I can't explain to my doctors. They tell me to rest. Before the flu shot, I was doing well and I was active. Now, I am depressed because the body aches have become unbearable. Is there a way to get rid of the flu shot vaccine in my body in a natural way with supplements? How can I reverse it? I want to feel well again.

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      Robert 6 years ago

      Had the flu shot at work last week. Free and we were encouraged to get it. I haven't had a flu shot since 2000 as that year after the getting the flu shot I ended up with the worst case of flu that I had had since I was a child (now 50). Doctor at that time told me that I got a strain that was not in the vaccine. (Thanks a lot). Decided to get the shot this year because my wife has a lowered immune system.

      About 30 minutes after getting the shot my arm started aching and had a burning sensation. By 8:00 pm that night I had the chills, then a slight fever, my body ached all over and I felt a bit nauseated. What I think of typical flu symptoms. Stayed at home from work the next day and slept for 10 hours during the day. Felt good the next day two days and then it hit again with same symptoms but with the addition of lightheadness. Went to the see the family GP who was puzzled.

      He said that I should not be experiencing the symptoms 5 days after the shot, and that my arm should not be too tender to touch. He suggested lots of rest and come back to see him in 5 days if I am not better. Starting to feel better but still can not shake the tiredness. Needing at least 11 hours of sleep each night, with an afternoon nap.

      Prior to the flu shot I was feeling fine with absolutely no symptoms of anything.

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      Heather 6 years ago

      I work at a nursing home. The day after the flu shot was given to all residents, many of them became ill with fever, nausea, vomiting, and loose stools. We have been serving meals in the residents rooms instead of the dining hall in an attempt to contain whatever is going on. A few have had to go to the hospital, and a few have had to be put on an IV. I took my vaccine a little over a week ago. I got some muscle soreness and have had an overall "not so hot" feeling. I am not sure if all of this is linked to the flu vaccine or not.

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      James 6 years ago

      I took my 75 year old mother to the doctors for her bi-weekly blood test (she's on warfarin), and while she was there, they gave her the flu shot. I warned her in the past not to have it, because she's almost ended up in hospital when she's had it in the past, plus I'd also undertaken some proper level-headed reasearch into the negative effects of the the flu shot. I was horrified to learn she'd had it yet again. 2 days later, she's in bed with a very bad chest infection, aches, pains (chest pains too), and a fever. This is no coincidence. She's usually quite healthy, but each time she's given the flu shot, she ends up in bed for a week, and even ended up in hospital after a particularly bad reaction to the flu shot.

      I'm sick and tired of people who say that the flu shot is completetly safe, and I often wonder who these people are who try to ridicule those who've had bad experiences with these flu shots. I'm starting to suspect some kind of a hidden agenda behind those who ring it's praises and ridicule those who report bad reactions. Something is not right, and people are at last starting to realize and spread the knowledge.

      Dangers from the flu shot are real, and they are genuine.

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      Yvie 6 years ago

      Got the flu jab recently. Two weeks later I developed a chest infection. I don't feel ill but I have been coughing up phlegm for about three weeks. Not sure I would bother again.

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      samuel 6 years ago

      I have just paid boots chemist £13 for a flu jab , becuase the flu hit me quite hard last year.

      Any how a few days later i developed mild flu like symptoms , I understand the dose takes 10-20 days to become effective against the flu.

      So my theory is that i have either caught a cold or medical science is a money robbing scientific mess

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      guest 6 years ago

      I have been getting the flu shot for the last five years, because both of my jobs offered it for free, and they were at the job site conveniently giving shots. Last year after receiving the shot my muscle in my legs started twitching really bad for about 2 months. Still have some twitching but not as bad. I'm sacared to get another injection. I found out though you could get the shot without the preservatives in it, which is supposingly the " bad stuff". I'm still scared to get it.

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      berfferd1 6 years ago

      Got the flu shot today at 9:30 am. By 3:00 pm my injection arm was sore. By 2:30 am(right now) my other arm is sore in around the same spot and my shoulders are a little achy. Slight back aches too. I got off the couch to ask google a question and it led me to this site. I don't feel terrible, but I don't feel good either. I will give an update after I wake up in 5 hours to take my kid to school.

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      My son is four and has asthma. Every year we are encouraged to get him the shot. Every year he gets sick. Last year it was the flu. He was tested to confirm it was the flu not just a cold or flu like symptoms. I don't care what the doctors say. The flu vaccine makes MY kid sick. Period. Not all vaccines are bad. And maybe the flu vaccine will work for some. But for MY kid, it's horrible. I hate giving him that shot. I just hate it. I am considering home schooling on that one factor alone- I don't want to give him the flu shot again.

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      Tomas, poultry workers get free shots because they are considered to be at higher risk if there is a bird flu outbreak. Poultry workers who understand the truth about the flu shot will not take it even though it is free.

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      tomas s 6 years ago

      why when u get a flu shot do the ask u if u work with poultry?

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      pm 6 years ago

      I have had the flu once in my entire life and that was after I was forced to get a flu shot when I worked at the hospital. I also had other complications directly associated with it (2 of the nurses told me the same thing happened to them after the flu shot). That was the one and only time I have or will ever get a flu shot! If you ask me, it is more political and $ power than it is about truly helping people! There is more harm than any good in getting those flu shots! Alot of medical personel are wising up now and NOT getting it for themselves or their families... it's about time! EDUCATE YOURSELVES, PEOPLE! DON'T JUST BE A VICTIM TO THE 'NORM'!! ISN'T YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF YOUR CHILDREN WORTH IT?!!

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      bobbieann 6 years ago

      Had the flu shot about a week ago - have felt achy ever since. In fact, the flu shot site is so sore, my arm was immovable for a few days - still hurts alot. Now pain is in neck and shoulders. My heart is racing also. Not sure I will ever get shot again. By the way, I am over 65 so received the stronger shot.

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      George S 6 years ago

      I got the flu shot on Monday and have been real sick for six days; everything nasty cough, fever, runny nose, diarrhea, aches, fatigue, hoarseness feeling like crap and being 66 I know my chances for Althemier.s are increased. I read this article too late. I firmly believe that flu shots are not good for elderly.

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      I rarely get the flu and have only had the flu shot once in life. That year I had the flu three times!

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      Jonathan, taking the flu vaccine is supposed to cause the body to build antibodies against the present strain of virus. According to vaccine manufacturers the vaccine does not cause strong enough protection from the antibodies produced. In other words it wears off. This is how they explain the need for vaccination against the same flu virus the following year. This does not make sense because when the body make antibodies against a virus they protect the body from getting that particular virus for a lifetime.

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      Jonathan 6 years ago

      I am only a 16 year old wondering, I have never taken the flu shot and neither has my father or mother. None of us have ever gotten the flu.

      What I am curious about though is that, I read on articles that the vaccine injects "killed" virus particles to help the body make an immunitive response, yet I wonder, how can you kill something that is already not alive? I am taking a University level Biology in highschool and I have learned that ALL viruses are ONLY "alive" when they begin to reproduce inside of a cell. So i am wondering, how do you kill something that is not alive? and is being injected with the flu shot actually making people get the flu? It just doesn't make any sense since the only way you could kill a virus is to not even make it a virus anymore. I would like to know if anyone could help me to understand just how the vaccine works specifically.

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      Anastasia 6 years ago

      Thank you for this article, I will spread the knowledge!

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      Ammar 6 years ago

      i am much worried about my flu. as i live in china. i had flu for 3 4 months continuously, and when i went pakistan i was ok.. but 2 weeks before i come back and got that flu again. my eyes are also red. i dont know what is the problem, also think of some kind ov allergy, but i have taken anti allergic pills. but no use... and if this flu is viral then why it is taking long to control?

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      barry 6 years ago

      I have been coughing & making too much flem,which leeds to me being sick most days@ever since i had the flue jab last year 2010 when the swine flue was init without us being told.I am diabetic so they have phoned me in for the flue jab today'I wont to know what is in it before Ihave this time,If the swine flue is in it again I have already decided not to have at me.

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      don't get vaccinations travel to 3rd world 6 years ago

      Anyone who makes a blanket statement and says all vaccines are bad and haven't helped our generation is living with their head in the sand and forgetting what it was like to live in the US a couple of generations ago. I am not talking about the flu here, I am talking about polio, measles, diptheria, tetanus whooping cough. These were widespread at one time, debilitating diseases. Don't get tetanus, go step on a rusty nail! Don't get routine vaccinations, better not travel to a third world country where many of these illnesses are only just beginning to get reigned in... due to vaccination campaigns... I guess my point is you have to look at what the vaccine is trying to prevent. In every example above, it makes total sense to get vaccinated. I can see why someone might not want the Flu vaccine.....but to say vaccines are all bad, good luck to you!!

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      Sandy 6 years ago

      Got the flu shot 2 days ago. Woke up today feeling like I was run over by truck. Headache, body aches, fever, chills, sore throat and nausea. I will NEVER get another flu shot. My 20 yr old son who has asthma has a worse reaction than mine, and I talked him into getting the shot! Now I've made my son sick.

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      Abbey 6 years ago

      I got a flu shot two days ago and am now experiencing severe muscle and joint pain. There is no other explanation for this - I am a very healthy 40 year old woman. I work in healthcare so there is a lot of pressure to get the flu shot every year, but from now on I am passing. I would rather have the flu than this pain!

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      Doug 6 years ago

      Got the flu shot at work two days ago. Woke up with chills that lasted an hour or so then cold sweats all night . Had to miss work today, feel bad

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      Sharon 6 years ago

      I've been having the flu vaccine for over ten years and never had any problem with it. I missed it one year and got flu and pneumonia related to my asthma and was much more ill from that (and my lungs were scarred from the pneumonia which I also get vaccinated against). Scare stories about vaccines (like the fabrication linking MMR to autism) has meant so many diseases that were almost gone from our lives are coming back with terrible consequences. Children and adults are suffering terribly from measles for no reason other than unjustified comments and not looking at both sides of an argument. If in any doubt, ask your health professional not the internet!

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      ChristineVianello 7 years ago from Philadelphia

      I just got my first flu shot this year because I work in the health feild, and I wish I didn't! The next day, I felt as if a train ran over my body twice.

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      Pat 7 years ago

      HELP! I got a flu shot/w h1n1 component and have had at first, just the soreness swelling over the site. Within a couple of days it crusted over with a thick waxy substance and a had red itchy spots leading down my arm, up my shoulder, andby the next day onto my chest. The third day it went up my neck and over my face. Then down the other arm. I was given prednisone (ocer the space of 2 months) 4 times. I am off to see an allergist next week. My DR says he cant see how a flu shot reaction could have lasted so long.

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      Luzviminda 7 years ago

      Thank God,I never give my children immunization when they are infant and they grow up to be very healthy.I found out that when you give children flu shot under 2 years old,some might have seizure.

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      fluhater 7 years ago

      I took the flu shot one time in my life. It was offered at work and I said "this is a great idea".....wrong! I took it in the morning and had to leave work that afternoon because of aching. I missed the next day of work also. Felt horrible. I was 21 years old and was exercising everyday. I was a health nut. I'm 34 now and don't get the shot or the flu....just eat raw garlic and oranges, during the season especially.

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      Donna 7 years ago

      My husband got the swine/hini flu shot 6 weeks ago. 2 days after getting it he started with aching joints. shoulders/upper and lower legs .Been to the Dr. My husband has inflamation in his joints.We have to go to a specialist now. He is in alot of pain. He's stiff and sometimes I have to help him put his shirts on and help take them off. I've had a flu shot 3 times and was deathly ill after each.

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      Val King 7 years ago

      I'm curious as to why in every anti-flu shot article everyone is quick to mention the presence of mercury and formaldehyde in the shot yet they never comment on the concentration of its presence compared to the amount found in seafood and the formaldehyde found in soaps, shampoos, baby wipes cosmetics, toothpaste and household cleaning products. As if avoiding the flu shot each year will save you from immune disorders. I got lung sarcoidosis from HAVING the flu itself. I spent 4 months in a wheelchair, suffered through eythemanodosum, had to re-learn how to walk after losing muscle mass, temporary arthritis, fatigue, and this disease is not curable its controllable and only goes into remission....all because I got the flu. I receive the flu shot every year and have never had the flu as a result. You can't just get the shot and expect it to protect you. I still take vitamins, exercise regularly and eat a very healthy diet in conjunction with that vaccine. Remember that the mind is a powerful thing..if you believe you're going to get sick from the shot then you probably will. How could you not with people only giving you one side of the story? Be strong and healthy this season :)

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      Julie 7 years ago

      I had the H1N1 vaccine 11 months ago and still dealing with muscle twitching and tingling and other side effects of this vaccine. Think twice before getting the flu vaccine. I would of rather been sick for two weeks than 11 months and counting and now not even protected against what I got vaccinated for.

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      I had a flu injection about 7 years ago now after I had it I got Encephalitis it literally means an inflammation of the brain, but it usually refers to brain inflammation caused by a virus. I was so very sick the doctor told me it was a reaction from my flu injection. I will never have another injection and I have never had a flu I have looked after myself through natural medicine.

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      James 8 years ago

      "Big bucks, Big Pharma".

      Just a little film that might put the push for vaccinations in more perspective

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      Max Sumer 8 years ago

      Thanks for this post. I tend to believe that the flu shot is nothing more than media hype and scare. I have had one flu shot in my life and ironically enough it was the only time I've ever gotten the flu. I was sick for weeks.

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      bestcellphones 8 years ago

      my work is requring I get the flu shot, what a bunch of crap. Sounds like poisen to me. Down with the man! Good hub, lots of usefull info by the way.

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      Jacquelyn 8 years ago

      The Flu, in fact, CANNOT be caused by many different viruses. It is caused by the influenza virus alone. Perhaps you meant to say DIFFERENT strains of this virus (These strains occur due to antigenic shift-which is what happened with the 2009 H1N1 but is a RARE occurrence...and antigenic drift- which are slow changes in the virus as it replicates. For the strain to change enough that it is a new strain can take years!)

      Anyway, another point I want to make is to those who made comments above. There is a difference between the flu, and 'flu-like symptoms'.

      When a physician diagnosis you with 'the flu', it is more technically, an ILI (influernza-like-virus). There are many viruses that can cause flu-like symptoms. Only 14.1% (YES! 14.1%!!) during a NON-epidemic flu season are actually CONFIRMED cases of influenza.

      SO, for those of you who say you got the FLU after the FLU shot, you were most likely suffering from an ILI, NOT the influenza virus.

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      Wellness Centre 8 years ago

      Excellent article!! Well written!!

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      bessie lenk 8 years ago

      I have a compromised immune system but never have colds or flu. 18 months ago I relented and had my first flu shot after constant offers from my GP. I immediately contracted a chest infection and fever which took 2 sessions of antibiotics to clear and I have been unwell ever since; assailed by, sometimes 'mysterious',painful neurological symptoms, skin problems etc............... I'm currently waiting for an appointment to see a neurologist. I have absolutely no doubt the vaccination contributed to my ill health. I eat very healthily and take regular exercise - & I'm not health obsessed or at least wasn't until now!

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      kcr101 8 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub! I totally agree that alkaline diet is the better option compared to synthetic drugs. I've been into synthetic drugs to "control" my asthma, but since I made the big switch to alkaline foods (upon the recommendation of a friend), my asthma completely disappeared. I guess doctors won't prescribe this since it might mean them switching to another profession!


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      MoniqueAttinger 8 years ago from Georgetown, ON

      I agree wholeheartedly that there are better ways to keep yourself healthy than allow your body to be injected with a chemical cocktail. While the shot *may* be affective against the flu, what are the long term consequences of thimerosol, aluminum, foreign DNA, formaldehyde and other substances being injected directly into your body, bypassing your immune system's first line of defense?

      Keep spreading the word on vaccines! ;-)

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      James 8 years ago

      Got flu shot before. Got sick, and then stopped.

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      Lila 9 years ago

      I got the flu shot after 38 years of not having it, my doctor recommended it. I have been sick twice in three months since then, fever, sore throat, chills, really sick.

      I will never again have it. Last year I was healthy, no shot, but this year has been bad.

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      jtoneypub 9 years ago from USA

      Very eye opening information I must say. I researched the non-effectiveness of the flu vaccination when my former employer insisted that everybody in the company get it, and even brought in a nurse to administer the vaccine to all employees that wanted it. Based on the potential side effects, and the likelyhood of the vaccine being ineffective, I opted ot to get it.

      I am a big believer in natural and homeopathic remedies, so when flu season comes around I break out the eccinasia and chamomile tea, vitamin C, etc. I have not much trouble with the flu, nor do my children. I do, however, believe that public schools are the single biggest incubator of viruses... yet another reason to consider home schooling.

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      Brian Stephens 9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I used to take the flu jab regularly each year as I had an immune system problem, still got the flu though. The last 2 years I haven't bothered and guess what, no flu. Not very scientific but interesting I think.

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      neat work.

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      very useful hub

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      Jennifer Bhala Hansen 9 years ago

      I do not believe any vaccinationsare beneficial. All 4 of my kids had very bad reactions to the few they had. I believe there is so much autism these days because of generations of vaccinations.

      Prevention by proper living is the best key.

      I have not had an antibiotic, or any shots since I was around 17 or earlier. I'm now in my 50's. You can live without big pharma.

      Legally, you do not have to poison yourself or your children. There are valid waivers.

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      Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I've had the shot twice. Never got the flu then or during the times I didn't take it. Though this year was close, my 12 year old got it but no one else did.

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      tinacarla 9 years ago from USA

      very good perspective! I guess were in the same boat! I have two boys! And as I parent I am terrified to inaculate my two sons!! Never believe on vaccines ! especially with those preservative (mercury) they added!

      Thanks for sharing this!! I totally agree with you!

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      justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

      Excellent. I won't do the flu shot, and I rarely get sick. If I get a cold, I just rest and drink my liquids and get over it in a few days. I am diligent about keeping my immune system strong. People can be incredibly empowered to manage their own health if they will accept that responsibility. :) Suzanne

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      brad4l 9 years ago from USA

      Very interesting article. I personally haven't had a flu vaccine in over 5 years and the last time I did, I got really sick after it. Personally, I try to eat a lot of fruits and exercise, which seems to work pretty well. I didn't know about Vitamin A being so important.

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      seamist 9 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Excellent hub! I didn't know flu shots could make you more susceptible to Alzheirmer's disease.

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      DeniseDH 9 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the great article and info. I have never gotten the flu shot and never had the flu! I do try to up my immune system and eat extra healthy, etc. during flu season! Thanks for your insight!

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great info here, Mark. I must be doing something right 'cause I can remember having the flu a total of twice in my lifetime. But man, those two times were bad.

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      michaelgrisso 9 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      I love learning about things like this so thanks for sharing it with everyone. Cheers~

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      louiesa 9 years ago


      I agree with want you said in your article. I believe that getting the shot doesn't prevent you from the flu. In many cases it helps you get the flu. I think putting the vaccines is the wrong thing to do. The one time in 1982 I take the shot and boy I was sicker then a dog. I haven't since then and I have been fine during the flu season. And if there is something wrong with me. I believe in Natural Cures and this does it for me. Thanks

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      sandra rinck 9 years ago

      I always wondered about the flu shot don't get them. I got the flu one year after getting the flu shot, so I knew it was bs but didn't know why. I figured it was better to build up immunites to it rather than avoid them altogether and take my chances that way.

      On the other hand I got the flu twice last year but I was also under a lot of stess, so, I think you article is accurate.

      I do wadger back and forth as to whether or not I should get my kid a flu shot, but as it turned out, when last year I got it twice, she was healthy as a horse.

      Great hub!

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      Judy Cullins 9 years ago from La Mesa, CA

      Great hub. No shots for me and my partner who are extremely healthy and do the prevention thing. Any advice on airplane logn trips with all those breathing germs?

      Judy at

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      quicksand 9 years ago

      Steve, I thought formaldehyde was used for embalming only.

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      BizzyMuse 9 years ago from Southern California

      Very interesting information! I am one of those people who doesn't get sick and has never had an antiboitic in my life, etc. Because I travel often, I am often urged to get a flu shot. I always wondered about it and was glad to read your hub to get better clarity. Thank you for sharing!

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      Netters 9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      I have asthma and I've had pnuemonia in the past. I get one every year and so far have not had any problems. Very interesting article. Thankyou.

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      Sciantel 9 years ago

      I have always had bad reactions to the flu shot so I stopped getting it 4 years ago. I take the natural remedies like vit c, garlic, cranberry pills, billberry is very good too. When I feel a virus coming on, if I take 1 billberry pill right at onset I get a much weaker case of flu, drink plenty of fluids and eat good. Chicken noodle soup is no myth. It works like a charm. I haven't had any complications from flu for 4 years and going strong!

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I have never had the flu and will not accept the flu shots, either -- There's a chicken/egg allergy that runs in my heritage and I won't take a chance with vaccines incubated - or whatever - in chicken eggs. So I'll avoid all those side effects. Thanks!