By Donna Westfall – January 24, 2019 – In the US, flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The best time to get flu shots is between Halloween and Thanksgiving and through the winter months up to the end of February.
But hold the phone. What’s this? The flu shot isn’t that effective. Look here:
Effectiveness of flu shots – (credit to the CDC):
In 2013-14, the flu vaccine was 52 percent effective.
In 2014-15, the flu vaccine was 19 percent effective.
In 2015-16, the flu vaccine was 48 percent effective.
In 2016-17, the flu vaccine was 39 percent effective.
In addition, did you know that the public is not wll informed about the dangers associated with vaccines. Dr. Moss, West Virginia, has taught medical ethics for 25 years and says that if it causes injury, you can’t sue the manufacturer because they are protected, “….so the vaccine manufacturers don’t have to worry about vaccine safety.” Further he references the Vaccine Court that compensates victims of vaccine injuries by more than $200 million a year, and that the flu vaccine is the biggest one being litigated in the Vaccine Court under the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Why would anyone rush off and get the shot without knowing some basics like:
1.) What is informed consent? It’s knowing the possible consequences or side effects of taking a particular drug or shot. If you’re with your doctor, they will discuss with you some of the side effects so that you as the patient, can decide if it’s a risk worth taking. If you’re at a clinic or place offering free flu shots chances are you won’t be involved in in-depth discussions about it.
2.) What is herd immunity? It’s a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a large percentage of a population has become immune to an infection, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune.
3.) What are some of the side effects of the current flu shot? Flu like symptoms; fever, fatigue, painful joints, headache, wheezing, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. But wait, there’s more, however be aware of the following:
Here are some concerns and possible serious injuries caused by the flu vaccine.
It can cause miscarriage specially in pregnant women who have gotten the flu shot two years in a row.
Those with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome following a previous flu shot.
It can cause death. On the other hand, some people die from the flu who did not get the shot.
4.) What are some of the ingredients in flu shots?
Used as a preservative. It is approximately 50% mercury by weight. Suspected ties to autism have led to removal of Thimerosal from some vaccines in 1999. From the FDA’s website:
- All vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger in the U.S. are available in formulations that do not contain thimerosal.
- Vaccines that do not contain thimerosal as a preservative are also available for adolescents and adults.
Chicken Egg Proteins – those with allergies should request shots made without eggs
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Do you know if you’re allergic to any of those ingredients?
Now that we see the flu shot historically is not that effective, can cause illness and serious side effects sometimes even death, contains ingredients harmful to the system, why would anyone want to get a flu shot? Here’s one answer. Because your doctor, health care professional or advertisements tell you to and the selling point is fear.
What should be done? Work towards greater safety in shots.
In 2010, the one time my husband and I got the flu shot, we were sick as dogs for 10 days. I’m pretty sure not everybody has that experience. But, we’re not about to endorse the practice.
Lastly, one of the most important things that can be done is to present you with a hand out containing information about the shot, the specific ingredients along with all the possible side effects so you can make a good decision based on the facts and the risks.