When the leaves begin to turn and cold weather makes its appearance, our physicians and pharmacists begin the annual flu vaccine campaign. They urge us to get the flu vaccine at our doctor’s office, at the grocery store, or at a vaccine drive at work. While most of the population has usually complied, research is proving that this flu shot may actually pose more of a threat to our health than the flu virus itself. Discover why you should ignore the yearly calls to the flu vaccine mecca.
Dangerous for the Young and the Old
For starters, there is very little evidence that a flu shot protects young children or folks over the age of 65 from the flu. In addition, the flu vaccine weakens the immune systems of young and old populations, which already tend to have weaker immune systems. Australia has actually banned the giving of flu shots to children due to risk of seizures and extreme fever.
Harmful Immune System Effects
Receiving a flu vaccine can actually suppress your immune system, making you more susceptible to other viruses and infections, such as bronchitis. Receiving the vaccine may also result in a negative immunological response. In sum, getting a flu shot increases your risk of contracting other contagious, potentially more serious, viruses.
Relation to Guillain-Barre Syndrome
A certain type of flu vaccine that was created by Novartis was linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, in addition to anaphylactic shock, vasculitis, and even death. Studies supported this link and showed that 40-70% of those individuals that had received this vaccination had suffered from one or more of these severe side effects.
Not only does the vaccine contain ingredients that suppress your immune system, but it also contains dangerous ingredients such as mercury. Mercury is well-known to be extremely hazardous to human health and mercury poisoning can lead to memory loss, depression, respiratory problems, and more.
Linked to Miscarriages
After the H1N1 outbreak, more miscarriages were related to having been given a flu shot, particularly this H1N1 vaccine. Many of these miscarriages occurred within a matter of days after receiving the H1N1 vaccine.
A Host of Negative Side Effects
Those that opt for the influenza vaccine may find they are not protected from flu-like symptoms after all. After receiving the vaccine, many people suffer from headaches, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, fever, congestion, and more. Often these side effects last longer than a normal flu cycle of 2-3 days.
Linked to Neurological Disorders
Studies have been linking some of the ingredients found in flu vaccines to serious neurological disorders. This includes nerve damage and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
There is little proof to show that receiving a flu vaccine significantly reduces your chances of contracting the flu. Because the flu vaccine is no more than a guess every year, it is still very possible for you to be exposed to a different strain of the flu than what you were “immunized” against, and still contract the flu. One study suggests that the flu shot is only effective in protecting 1.5 out of 100 people from the flu.
One particular round of influenza vaccine was shown to induce seizures in infants and children up to five years old.
Linked to Narcolepsy
Some influenza vaccinations have been linked to the development of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is a serious condition that can dramatically impact an individual’s ability to live an independent life. The Finnish government actually admitted to a conclusive link between the “swine flu” vaccine and the onset of narcolepsy.
The flu vaccine is very unpredictable and potentially dangerous. It is no secret that many individuals that recommend influenza vaccination have a monetary interest in the matter, as opposed to having your best interest at heart. The flu is something that your body can deal with effectively and naturally. Because there are so many additional and harmful ingredients found in the influenza vaccine, however, you are only putting yourself at risk by opting for the vaccine over the natural flu.
Author Bio: Sasha Brown
Sasha Brown is certified herbalist with a zeal for the natural things in life. To live and promote a healthier lifestyle, she has injected pure naturalism into her diet by eating purely organic foods. She loves to garden and is a mother to one child. For more tips on healthy living, please join her on Twitter.