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The Efficacy And Safety Of The Flu Vaccine


It’s flu and cold season. Do you normally receive a flu vaccine?

If so, you should know there are some risks to getting the injection that might outweigh not getting it, especially if you live a healthy life style that includes consumption of real, whole, traditional foods. A healthy lifestyle supports your immune system, which is the key to avoiding flus, colds, and other illness and disease.

Most doctor’s offices and now other places such as drug stores are offering the flu vaccine on a seasonal basis. Flu shots are so ubiquitous, you can walk into almost any of the following locations to receive one:
Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, Albertson’s/Savon, WalMart, Kroger’s, Meijer, and Publix.

Just like other vaccines, a dead version of the virus is contained within the shot you receive. Inside your body, the vaccine’s main purpose is to stimulate immune system function into reacting as though it has been attacked by the flu virus. Theoretically, this will trigger a production of antibodies that will destroy the real virus when your body is exposed to it.

The flu vaccine stimulates your immune system, but in a way that only offers temporary immunity, so if you are exposed to the virus sometime in the future, you may still be vulnerable. It also bypasses one of the primary methods of boosting the immune system – the digestive tract. Did you know that 85 percent of your immune system is located in this organ system?

It’s important to know that since the development and use of these vaccines, death rates from the flu have not decreased. And the risk of death from flu is exaggerated, as are the benefits from the vaccine.

Standard health recommendations have always encouraged the public to get vaccinated – and the flu shot is no exception.  The current recommendation from health officials is for EVERY person over the age of 6 months get a flu shot – regardless of personal health condition or health risk. And this recommendation comes without the presence of ANY valid safety studies.

Heath professionals who oppose the use of the flu vaccine

Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon, believes the vaccine may be more dangerous than the flu.

Watch Part I of an interview with Dr. Mercola about flu vaccines:

Also watch:

Part II

Part III

Part IV

In 2009, Lung specialist Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, chairman of the health committee in the German parliament and European Council, declared that many risks exist in conjunction with The H1N1 flu vaccine. Apparently the nutrient solution used in the vaccine contains cancerous cells from animals and “we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction”.

In August of 2010, the British Medical Journal released this startling information: more than half of doctors and nurses in public hospitals actually refused the H1N1 vaccine. Reasons given were doubts to the efficacy of its use and concerns about potential side effects. Does this give you a lot of confidence in the vaccine?

Still not convinced the flu vaccine is ineffective and dangerous? Consider the following:

No proof exists that the flu vaccine works.

When your doctor gives you a flu shot, the vaccine only protects you from contracting strains of flu viruses that are active nine months prior to the beginning of the current flu season. That’s when scientists collect circulating flu viruses to create the vaccine. As viruses continue to mutate, new strains are always appearing. Getting the flu vaccine does not automatically guarantee you will stay healthy. In fact, receiving the vaccine is a good way to cause weakening in your immune system.

A person who has received the flu shot may also contract the flu virus from the vaccine itself.

Flu vaccines are created from real flu viruses. Scientists grow viruses in chicken eggs and then destroy them with a chemical. The idea is to make the virus inactive, but, possible side effects from the vaccine include headaches, fever, fatigue, and sore muscles. Those are flu symptoms. As reported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, these symptoms most often occur in children or in those with weakened immune systems (such as the elderly), the segment of our population who are told to receive the vaccine!

The flu vaccine contains toxic ingredients

There are 2 components in the vaccine which are combined together before the vaccine is given. The primary substance is the antigen drug substance for immunizing. It is administered with an adjuvant known as AS03:

The antigen contains: thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in the manufacturing of multidose vaccines, sodium chloride, disodium hydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water. The vaccine contains also traces of egg protein, sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, and sucrose.

The adjuvant AS03 contains: DL-alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), squalene (shark liver oil) and polysorbate 80 (an emulsifier),  disodium hydrogen  phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium chloride and water.

What about thimerosal free vaccines? Here are the ingredients in different flu vaccines, even without the thimerosol:

  • Formaldehyde used for embalming, and its purpose in all vaccines is for preservative qualities. This substance is a known- cancer-causing agent and is directly associated with allergic reactions. Use has been banned in both Sweden and Japan for use in cosmetic and other personal care products.
  • Ethylene glycol used as antifreeze. This ingredient as well as its toxic byproducts have an adverse affect on the central nervous system, then cardiovascular, and last the kidneys. If sufficient amounts are ingested, this can cause a fatal reaction.
  • Phenol also known as carbolic acid, is used as a disinfectant and dye. Its original use was as an antiseptic in surgery but it was eventually abandoned due to causing skin irritation. Prior to and during World War II  phenol injections were used by the Nazi Germany regime as a method of rapid execution!
  • Aluminum a toxic heavy metal used in vaccines to encourage antibody response in the immune system. It is toxic the body even in “small” amounts, and is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies reveal that those receiving 5 or more flu shots within a 10-year period were 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s – as compared to those who had fewer than 2 flu shots. Studies in laboratory mice show that the use of aluminum causes cancer and seizures.
  • Antibiotics like Neomycin and Streptomycin are also used. Antibiotics are added to vaccines to destroy any present bacteria. Antibiotics have been shown to cause allergic reactions in some individuals, as well as contribute to the destruction of friendly bacteria in the body.

Even in light of this disturbing evidence, medical communities and professionals continue to urge individuals over age 50, parents with infants, pregnant women, and those with lowered immune system function and chronic health issues to rush out and receive the flu vaccine each season. Government, pharmaceutical, and health officials have successfully used fear-mongering tactics as a way to convince consumers to take the vaccine as a “precautionary” measure to ensure they won’t come down with the flu.

What we’ve learned each year is that in some cases, the flu isn’t as serious as some of the side-effects of the vaccine:


Swine Flu vaccine

Death linked to Swine Flu vaccine

Those who are dying from the flu are the generally the ones with the most compromised immune systems and health in the first place.

The historical past has shown us that indeed the flu is a serious illness that should be cared for properly, but it is time we began to acknowledge safer methods of dealing with this seasonal illness.

One of the best ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy during the winter months when flu and cold viruses are spread around is to eat a healthy, traditional diet replete with healthy fats and sustainable food. Your lifestyle has more to do with how your body can fend off illness and disease than anything else.

For more information about staying healthy during cold and flu season with real food:

17 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for The Upcoming Flu/Cold

My Kitchen Staples – How I Keep My Family Healthy

Get off processed food, avoid illness, and learn about healthy diets with traditional foods:

What Are Traditional Foods?