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Is the flu shot worth it?

[Editor’s note: The CDC recommends injectable flu vaccines. It recommends Fluzone high-dose flu shots or FLUAD, for people 65 and older. The high-dose vaccine has four times the amount of antigen in a regular flu shot, creating more antibodies and boosting the immune defenses of the people who get it. It provides better protection from the flu for older adults. In 2017, more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died as a result of the flu, according to CDC estimates.]

My patients often ask me if they should get a flu shot. My answer is yes.  Absolutely, yes. And, yes, I get the flu shot and so does my 4 year-old daughter. The flu shot works.  And, it’s safe.  If you don’t want to catch the flu, you should get the flu shot. The flu virus is …a virus.

Antibiotics will not help you if you get the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot.The Centers for Disease Control, the government agency that studies disease, recommends the flu shot for anyone over 6 months old. So, if you’re over 65, you should absolutely get the flu shot. The only reason not to get they flu shot is if you are allergic to the vaccine or have other contraindications.  Most people are not allergic to it, but if for any reason you think you could be, talk to your doctor.

I tell my patients to get the flu vaccine for two reasons: to protect themselves and to protect others. Consider it your civic duty.  If almost everyone gets the flu shot, the population as a whole becomes less susceptible. A study in Japan, demonstrated that with higher childhood vaccination rates, elderly mortality decreased. Why? Fewer kids got the flu and it could not spread as widely to others.

So you know, the flu vaccine cannot and will not give you the flu…or a cold for that matter. They are different viruses. Bad luck is the only reason you might get the flu right after you get vaccinated because you don’t yet have the immunity. Or you may get a cold around the same time by chance.  But, there are no real side effects according to the research.  You would have the same reaction to a salt-water solution as you would from a flu shot.

OK. Here’s the rub.  Even if you get the flu shot, you still might get the flu.  That’s because occasionally, the flu vaccine does not match the seasonal flu type. If you get a type that is not in the vaccine, you might catch the flu. If the vaccine matches the seasonal flu type, as it generally does, you should not get the flu.  But, if your immune system is not good, the flu shot is less effective but still beneficial.You really don’t want to get the flu. It could be very bad for your health. Older adults are at an increased risk of developing flu-related health problems, including pneumonia as well as worsening chronic health problems. If you are over 65, you should seek medical advice if you get the flu. You might need antivirals because of age-related risks.

Help yourself and your community and get a flu shot. And, if you have Medicare, Medicare covers it.

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  • It’s only 10% effective this year according to the CDC, and contain toxins put directly into your bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. Ingredients in the flu shot

    With all of the different flu vaccines on the market, the ingredient list varies a little from shot to shot. Common troublesome ingredients include polymyxin, beta-propiolactone, formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosal, polysorbate 80, and neomycin.

    All of the Ingredients are Toxic, but many are known carcinogens
    Thimerosal, which is present in most flu vaccines, is highly toxic and synergistically toxic, meaning it becomes significantly more toxic when in the presence of other chemical compounds such as aluminum and many antibiotics. Thimerosal is made of thiosalicyclic acid and ethyl mercury. Mercury is 500-1,000 times more toxic than lead. Paradoxically, pregnant women are told by their doctors to limit their seafood intake due to mercury concerns, but now, pregnant women are also told to get their mercury-containing flu shots.

    If you’ve ever heard the saying “mad as a hatter,” it refers to the fact that mercury was once used in the making of fur hats. Hatters, those unfortunates souls who made fur hats, would often go insane due to mercury poisoning. Studies have linked high levels of mercury to Alzheimer’s disease. High levels of mercury have also been linked to autism, ADHD, and other learning disabilities and neurological impairments.

    Polysorbate 80 is often contaminated with 1-4-dioxane, a carcinogen that has been shown to cause reproductive disturbances in rats. Even though people are not rats, how could polysorbate 80 be good for human health?

    Beta-propiolactone is a powerful and toxic disinfectant with multiple uses. It is used to sterilize blood plasma, shots, tissue grafts, surgical instruments, and enzymes. It is also “reasonably expected to be a human carcinogen,” especially when injected into the bloodstream (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1999).

    Many Flu Vaccines Also Contain GMOS

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