Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Should I get a Flu Shot?

Headlines read...

Flu More Widespread in US

Flu Season Hits Early and Hard

Flu Cases on Rise at Hospitals

It seems that every year the media hype over the flu and the need to get a flu shot reaches a higher high. "The worst flu season ever... " "Infection rates have officially reached epidemic levels... "


With drug stores sprouting up on every corner in even the smallest towns, you can't avoid seeing banners that promote getting a flu shot. Cold weather setting in typically signals the start of the flu season. Should you run down to your local pharmacy and get a flu shot?

Flus are not fun. Fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches, vomiting, fatigue and decreased appetite. With some rest they typically run their course in two to three days, with some symptoms hanging on for a week. The fact is dying from the flu is rare. The vast majority of so-called “flu deaths” are due to bacterial pneumonia—a potential complication of the flu if your immune system is weak.

Here are the reasons I do not get a flu shot:
  1. The flu shot will likely NOT prevent the flu. A study by the University of Minnesota reported in October, 2011 that flu shots barely make a difference at all and are least effective on seniors and children.
  2. The flu shot does NOT protect against flu-related deaths.
  3. Flu vaccines contain a best-estimate of flu strains expected to hit the US. If the expected strains don't appear in the US, you've been injected with a list of useless harmful ingredients.
  4. The flu vaccine contains a potpourri of poisons. Vaccines may include formaldehyde, mercury (Thimerosal), MSG and other hazardous ingredients.
  5. The flu shot will likely weaken your immune system. After being injected with all those hazardous ingredients, your body's immune system and liver will be working overtime to process the toxins. That leaves you vulnerable to disease.
  6. You could get seriously ill from the shot. Serious reactions to the flu vaccine can include a life-threatening allergic reaction, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic disease that is fatal in about 1 in 20 cases) and other serious conditions.
Because the efficacy of the flu shot has been shown to be weak by any measure (62% effective), I can only conclude that flu shots are all about the money. This year's flu shot includes inoculation for the H1N1 virus—not really a player in the flu outbreaks this year. Just my opinion, but I believe there are stock piles of the H1N1 vaccine due to low turnout to get the vaccination when the threat was active in 2009.

To avoid getting sick with the flu, your best measure is to eat healthy foods to keep your body strong and your immune system at its peak. Follow these Five Steps to make you healthy. Take your Vitamin D or better yet get outside and get some sun!

Have you gotten a flu shot and do you plan to get one this year? If you don't get the flu shot, what are your reasons?


  1. This is a topic of frequent discussion in our house these days. Both hubby and I work in healthcare, and because we don't get the flu vaccine we are both required to wear a mask on the job.

    Read an article last week that a handful of U.S. hospitals have fired healthcare workers who opt out. Government is putting pressure on facilities to increase vaccination rates among employees, and there's even talk that a hospital's accreditation may be at risk in the future if their rates don't meet the set goal. If my employer of 20+ years decides to make flu vaccination a mandatory condition of employment with no opt out, I'll be faced with a tough choice.

    Hubby's employer has a policy requiring non-flu vaccinated workers to wear a mask during any patient contact, but NO policy in place for workers (vaccinated or not) who show up for work obviously sick (which happens more than you'd think). What's wrong with this picture???

    1. Thanks for weighing in on the subject, Nancy. I read that same article on the fired healthcare workers. As you point out, their is quite a discrepancy in the attention to health in the hospital environment. Wishing you and your husband the best in holding your ground.

  2. Great article! Paul and I won't be getting a flu shot. Nor will our kiddos. I think of you every time I hear the media-hype.

    1. Long-term affects on children getting these shots (can you say autism) will be devastating. Wait... it already is! Thanks for chimin' in, Joanne.