Why You Should Not Get the Flu Shot

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Filed Under: Colds and Flu, Immune Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Why You Should Not Get the Flu Shot

Learn why the flu shot—including the H1N1 vaccine—should be avoided

The push to get everyone vaccinated against influenza (or the flu) every year—including the H1N1 virus—makes my blood boil. Not only do flu vaccines include suspect ingredients, but the evidence shows that they flat out don't work. In fact, about the only thing flu vaccines are truly good for is lining the pockets of bio-pharmaceutical companies.

Flu Vaccine Dangers

Vaccines deliver either live or dead viruses directly into your body tissue, short-circuiting your body's normal front-line immune defense system in your respiratory passageways and mucous membrane linings. If your immune system is weak or out of balance when the virus is introduced this way, you could have serious health consequences.

Also, there are controversial additives that have been used for years in seasonal flu shots. The most well known is thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that has been associated with brain and immune system dysfunction. The majority of flu shots each contain 25 mcg of this toxin.

The live virus "FluMist" vaccine does not have thimerosal or adjuvants with it, but there are serious concerns about this vaccine option as well. For one, the FluMist virus is not a naturally occurring virus, but a laboratory-created influenza variant. The virus also has the potential to "shed," which means it could be transferred to other household individuals. This could be a serious concern if anyone in your home has a compromised immune system.

Studies Consistently Show Flu Shots Don't Work

Most notably, studies have consistently shown that flu shots simply don't work. For instance:

  • The Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine has reported that giving young children flu shots appeared to have no impact on flu-related doctor visits or hospitalizations during two recent flu seasons.
  • A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that the flu vaccine was no more effective for children than a placebo.
  • And research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine similarly reports that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent today.

What Can You Do to Truly Protect Yourself?

If I'm suggesting that you not "protect" yourself by getting vaccinated, I am sure you're wondering what, if anything, you can do to protect yourself.

Fortunately, there are several lifestyle habits you can adopt and nutrients you can use to bolster your body's natural immune defenses. It's your very best protection against the H1N1, seasonal flu, the common cold, and any other pathogen you come into contact with.

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