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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?

12 replies on “The Efficacy And Safety Of The Flu Vaccine”

Interestingly enough, an attempt by the state of New York to require all health care workers to get the flu vaccine failed last year when the health care workers staged a mass revolt.The revolt was so widespread and effective that the state withdrew the vaccination requirement.Now, if the health care workers would risk their jobs rather than have the vaccine, why should we?

Another thing about last year – despite the pandemic hysteria over the swine flu, vaccine rates were way down. Deaths blamed on the flu dropped to one third of the previous years total. The facts are clear: less flu vaccine, less flus, less death. The best way to fight the flu is to ban the flu vaccine, and to eat as recommended above.

Awesome post, Raine! The more folks can be reminded of the flu vaccine scam, the better. Most scams will just take your money; the flu vaccine scam will steal your health which is much more precious!

Can’t wait to meet you at the Conference next week! We are going to ROCK the Real Food Media table! 🙂

My grandmother always got her yearly flu shot, she now has alzheimers and cancer at 73 years old. I wonder if there is a correlation?
I have never had one, and never will. I think its ridiculous. Elderberries work wonders, and we eat a 100% Weston A Price diet, and haven’t been sick with anything in 3.5 years. No sniffles, no flu, no colds, nothing. I have never felt so healthy in my life!

This is the 21st century and its time we put new innovations and research to good practical use. Theres no excuse to be injecting young kids with toxic ingredients still when far safer alternatives are available.

I’m really surprised that I ever grew up to be in good health with the vaccine propaganda my mom believes in. She actually said today the reason that many acute diseases like mumps and bubonic plague are coming back are because people don’t vaccine their kids, cause they believe it causes autism which according to her is “a bunch of crap”. It most certainly isn’t crap. The heavy metals in vaccines DO cause autism if you actually research the subject from non-propaganda sources. And if you further research the news source on these disease stories you’ll see that these people were fully vaccinated. She’s the one who doesn’t know crap. Please people do your research before vaccinating. Its better to get a flu than ruin your child’s life and yours by disabling them.

I just googled the stat about 5 or more flu shots within a 10-year period were 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and found this article, and then I realize I MET YOU TODAY! LOL. Too funny. Glad I found your site.

Hi Jo-Lynne! It was so nice to meet you this weekend, wish we would have had more time to visit and hang out. Glad this post is high up in the search engine terms, hopefully a lot of people will see it and wake up! Hope you had a great time at the conference. I thought it was amazing! 🙂

Thank you for this comprehensive overview of the flu shot. Our family opts out every year.

Have you also written posts about childhood vaccines? I’d love to hear your thoughts as you sound very well-versed on the topic.

P.S. I came over via a link on Musings of a Housewife.

Hi Stephanie – thanks for stopping by! I’m glad this post was useful to you. Yes, I do have a series on general vaccines and here are the links:

Part I

and Part II:

And here are links to the companion series I wrote about conception, pregnancy, and after birth care of children:

Thanks Stephanie! Love Musings of A Housewife too! 🙂

I arrived via Stephanie. I am curious as to how one opts out of the flu shot while seeking routine care.

From what I can remember that I have not had a flu shot since before I left for college (13 years ago) and I am not sure whether I received them before I left home.

I am hoping to be pregnant during this flu season and everything I read says I should be vaccinated as a precaution.

What is it like when you choose to refuse?

Teresa – there is no mandatory rule or law that states you must get a flu vaccine. Just don’t get it. If anyone asks you about it (and the only way someone might ask is if you go into a clinic and receive care for something), just decline. No one can force you to get it. It’s not like anyone will come and knock down your door or call you if you don’t get it (and let’s hope it never comes to that, either).

In June 2009, the World Health Organization declared the new strain of swine-origin H1N1 as a pandemic. This strain is often called swine flu by the public media. This novel virus spread worldwide and had caused about 17,000 deaths by the start of 2010. On August 10, 2010, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity had returned to typical seasonal patterns…;

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