Flu Vaccine INCREASES risk of illness

To most medical professionals, the advantages of the flu vaccine far outweigh any risks. With new studies and further investigation, however, it is apparent to other healthcare professionals that the exact opposite is true.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 to 20 percent of the population in the U.S., on average, gets the flu each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications, and anywhere from a few thousand to 50,000 people die each year.  The CDC believes that the best way to prevent becoming a statistic is with a seasonal flu vaccination every year.
Research shows that the chances of complications are minimal at best. However, there are a few to note:
  • Asthma
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (a paralysis disorder)
  • Seizures
  • Narcolepsy

I couldn’t help but notice that many of the potential complications are neurological in origin. Curious, I visited the CDC website to scope out the vaccine’s ingredients.  Below is the table directly from the CDC, detailing the ‘antigens’ contained in the flu vaccination.

Type of Ingredient Examples Purpose
Preservatives Thimerosal (only in multi-dose vials of flu vaccine) To prevent contamination
Adjuvants Aluminum salts To help stimulate the body’s response to the antigens
Stabilizers Sugars, gelatin To keep the vaccine potent during transportation and storage
Residual cell culture materials Egg protein To grow enough of the virus or bacteria to make the vaccine
Residual inactivating ingredients Formaldehyde To kill viruses or inactivate toxins during the manufacturing process
Residual antibiotics Penicillin, sulfa drugs To prevent contamination by bacteria during the vaccine manufacturing process

While all of the ingredients are questionable, these two are the ones that stood out the most:

Thimerisol: A compound composed of at least 50% mercury, has been linked to autisim and a miriad of neurological conditions

Formaldehyde: A chemical used in building materials and household products. Classified as a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).  Many research studies have shown that workers exposed to formaldehyde are at risk for developing several cancers – including leukemia and nasopharyngeal cancer.  How lovely.

The body is extremely complex and very intelligent. When given the right condition, it has an amazing ability to heal.  Our immune system was designed to protect us from illness.  I don’t ever recommend flu vaccinations to my patients, but the decision is always up to them.

What do you think of the flu vaccine? Do you think it’s safe?  Join the discussion and comment below.

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