The main concern over the flu vaccine varies from concerns over other vaccines not over risk, but if it actually works. We are reminded everywhere to get our flu vaccine, at the local pharmacy, the grocery store, even where you work. But is it worth it?
In 2010 – 2011 Approximately 1/2 of children and 41% of adults received flu shots. The CDC recommends anyone 6 months of age and older receive the annual flu vaccine, yet they admit there is a lack of evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots. Add to that, the CDC admits that trying to guess what strain of flu to create a vaccine for, is nothing but a crap game. In addition, more and more researchers, academics, and doctors are questioning the scientific basis behind the flu vaccine. In fact, it is estimated that over 60% of the medical community does not take the flu vaccine.
Public health experts view this topic as “herd immunity”. Isn’t that pleasant, we are viewed as a herd. What they say is that getting vaccinated not necessarily is for protecting yourself, but to insure if you do get it, you don’t infect others less able to fight the disease. If this is the case, they believe I may still get the flu even though I’ve taken the vaccine, then why take it to being with. Hence the question, “Is it Worth it?”
Mounting evidence shows that flu shots may cause Alzeheimers. One report shows that people that receive flu vaccines 3 – 5 years annually have a 10x greater chance developing the disease. The Flu vaccine contains mercury and mercury is known to be a health hazard. In fact, there is more mercury in a multi-dose flu vaccine than the maximum allowable daily exposure limit by the EPA.
Have you ever wondered what is in your flu vaccine? Well it isn’t pretty. The CDC officials select the new viruses based on which viruses were prevalent during the flu season in China and Australia the previous year. During the manufacturing process antibiotics are added to eliminate stray bacteria that may be found in the mix. The final flu vaccine solution can contain a number of additives in any combination including: Triton X-100 which is a known possible carcinogen and a detergent; poly sorbate 80 a potential carcinogen; gelatin made from boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals; formaldehyde which is embalming fluid used to kill viruses and is a human carcinogen; residual egg protein; betapropiolactone which is a disinfectant; nonoxynol used to kill STDs (I have no clue why this would be in a flu vaccine); octoxinol 9 which is a vaginal spermicide; and Thimerosal, which is mercury used as a preservative.
No doubt the debate on whether one should take the flu vaccine or not will rage on for years. Most of us have a choice. Unfortunately many are dictated to receive the vaccine due to their employment. For me, I’m thankful the choice is still up to me.