Flu Shot Effectiveness And Safety
If you believe the pharmaceutical industry, flu shot effectiveness and safety are pretty much guaranteed.
But the truth is that dozens of studies have proven influenza vaccines to be completely useless at preventing actual flu symptoms, and people are poisoned each year by the inoculation shots.
Given the ineffectiveness of flu shots and the side effects they bring about, you can be far more healthy by skipping them entirely and looking for more natural ways to prevent illness, such as a healthy raw food diet.
In this article we'll review what the medical literature has to say about flu shot effectiveness and side effects.
Do Influenza Vaccines Actually Work?
In it's 2010 review of nearly fifty studies involving over 70,000 participants, The Cochrane Collaboration, one of the most well-respected voices in medical research, concluded that flu vaccines had virtually no effect on the number of adults hospitalized by flu, nor days lost from attending work (1).
The vaccines also completely failed to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus and complications from influenza, such as pneumonia (1).
The Cochrane Collaboration also looked at young children and found that for those under the age of two, the effectiveness of a vaccine shot was similar to that of the placebo (2).
The elderly are universally told to get flu shots, but a review of outcomes found that vaccination was of questionable efficacy (3).
Although the elderly seemed to have a slightly reduced risk of influenza symptoms after vaccination, the Collaboration noted that the poor quality of the collected research prevented any strong conclusion regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing complications from influenza, even in this high-risk population (3).
Influenza kills people every year, but a 2005 review of every flu seasons since 1980 showed that vaccines has failed to make an impact on influenza mortality (6).
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The Side Effects Of The Influenza Vaccines
One of the great ironies of vaccination is that even the side effects that the vaccine manufacturers admit to are often worse than actually getting the flu.
Here are the ones commonly listed by flu manufacturers, as well as two more at the end which have recently been discovered:
Symptoms Indicative Of Toxicity:
Arthralgia (joint pain)
Lymphadenopathy (swelling of lymph nodes)
Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
Fever, Headache, Runny nose (flu-like symptoms)
Symptoms Indicative Of An Allergic Reaction:
The exact cause of these side effects remains controversial, and there are likely many more which have not been fully correlated by science.
Yet you can't help but wonder about an ingredient list that contains:
- Formaldehyde (a confirmed cancer causer).
- Thimerosal, which is 49 percent mercury by weight.
- Aluminum (A neurotoxin).
- Triton X-100 (a detergent)
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
- Ethylene glycol (used as an antifreeze in heating and cooling systems)
- Betapropiolactone (a disinfectant)
- Nonoxynol (used to kill or stop the growth of STDs)
- Octoxinol 9 (a vaginal spermicide)
Mercury And Aluminum (6, 7): The mercury in thimerosal (used as a preservative) and the aluminum (used to enhance the immune response) are perhaps the most disturbing ingredients.
Mercury is suspected to be a cause of autism and several other disorders. Some vaccines contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose, which is 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safe upper limited for mercury intake.
Aluminum is linked the to development of Alzheimer's.
Serious Neurological Disorders.
The side effects of vaccination are not minor.
For every million people vaccinated there are an additional 1.6 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a nerve disorder that starts with the loss of sensation, progresses to muscle weakness, and then to near total paralysis, including the inability to breath (1).
If all 314 million people estimated to be living in the United States in November of 2012 were vaccinated, an estimated 502 people would be stricken by this horrible disease.
Why Do Doctors And Our Government Recommend Something That Doesn't Work?
If the available studies recognizes that flu vaccines do not work, why do doctors and our government agencies, such as the Centers For Disease Control, so firmly tell us that we need vaccination?
The Word Play
First, they can get away with talking about flu shot effectiveness in a positive light through word play.
The reason lies in the difference between two words: Effectiveness and Efficacy
Flu shots are technically 98% effective in triggering an immune response which increase the body's production of antibodies. This is where the 98% effective line we hear comes from.
But influenza vaccine has no proven efficacy. This means that in real world conditions, there's no solid evidence that a vaccine will reduce your chance of missing work, going to the hospital, or experiencing symptoms.
If you read studies and the official documents of the CDC, you'll see them splitting hairs with these two words.
Corruption At The Top
Almost all of the 15 members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have financial ties to the vaccine industry (8). It's doesn't take a very cynical person to imagine that this would lead to some conflicts of interest.
But simply put, the decisions made by the CDC regarding flu shot effectiveness and safety have never really been based on relevant data.
The Cochrane Collaboration said it best: "The CDC authors clearly do not weigh interpretation by the quality of the evidence, but quote anything that supports their theory."
Doctors and health officials at the local level tend to follow the official stance of the government to avoid rocking the boat.
Until things change at the top, it's unlikely that we'll see a shake up in the pharmaceutical industry's grasp on the nation's health policy.
The Alternative To The Flu Shot
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Since 2005, though, when I began experimenting with a mostly low fat raw food diet, I haven't had any of those symptoms.
I feel great throughout the entire cold season while everyone around me is getting sick. I often make it a point to expose myself to the sick people, but all that exposure never compromises my health.
What most people don't realize is that when you find a great plan for improving your diet, overcoming your diseases, and losing weight, and also adopt a healthy lifestyle, your immune system becomes strong enough to resist most run-of-the-mill sicknesses.
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