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Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Each year, there seems to be more pressure on the public to get flu shots, and their promotion starts earlier each year.  This year our local CVS started promoting flu shots in the summer.  They did not even wait till fall. Keep in mind, vaccines have always been one of the largest incomes producers for the drug companies.

Should we get flu shot?  Are they safe?   Do they protect us?   Here are the facts.

Are flu shots safe?  Reactions to the shots are common, some of which are extremely serious, including death.  The reason for most of the severe reactions are the toxic ingredients in the flu vaccine.  They include formaldehyde, mercury, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), polysorbate 80, two different antibiotics, chicken egg, and other ingredients.  Since they are injected directly into the blood stream, reactions are common, despite the statistics showing they are safe.  The reason for the “Safe Statistics” is that less than 10% of adverse reactions are ever reported,  according to the National Vaccine Information Center, and therefore the lack of reported adverse reactions are interpreted as “the shots are safe.”   Despite this misleading lack of reporting, according to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) as of July 2012, there had been more than 84,000 reports of reactions, hospitalization and injuries following influenza vaccinations, including over 1,000 related deaths.

Do they protect us?  Last year the flu shot did not do a very good job protecting the public, especially older people.  According to the Center for Disease Control, the branch of our government that promotes and monitors all vaccines, the flu shot provided only a 9% effectiveness against the dominant strain of flu last season, in those 65 and older.  They also reported a pitiful 56% effectiveness for all age groups.    In other words, a little less than half the people who got a flu shot were susceptible to the flu.  A major problem in creating an effective flu vaccine is that the flu vaccine is produced a year in advance of the flu season and only three or four strains of the virus can be contained in the vaccine.  There are thousands of possible strains that could be active during the flu season, and they are constantly changing (mutating).  So it is just a guessing game that the strains in the shot will be the same strains that are active many months later, thus its poor effectiveness.

Many people choose to take a natural approach to strengthen their immune system and avoid the flu, rather than inject toxic chemicals into their bodies.  This includes:  1) Regular chiropractic care, which is well documented to increase the strength of the immune system.  2) Proper nutrition, which includes a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, which stimulates the immune system; and, the elimination of refined sugar and flour products which suppresses the immune system.  3) Enough sleep on a regular basis, which keeps the immune system strong.  4)  Regular moderate exercise, an immune system stimulant.   5) A healthy mental attitude.  Inability to handle stress properly is another known immune system suppressant.

For more information on vaccines visit the websites of the National Vaccine Information Center, www.nvic.org and New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination, www.njaicv.org.

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