The annual flu vaccine scare has reached a new level of frenzy this year with the media and official fear blitz about the swine flu. The pressure to vaccinate has never been greater. Yet, while the issue is still the same – a flu shot – there are special risks and concerns about the vaccine this year.
Every person and parent must make their own choice on whether to vaccinate.
I do not vaccinate and believe there are many many good reasons for that choice. As a mother of four grown children I faced the decision as a parent, which can be very difficult in our vaccine culture. I have four very healthy children, young adults, who have never been vaccinated. They do not have the allergies, asthma or other chronic diseases that are epidemic in children these days, and they all have terrific immune systems with lifelong immunity to childhood diseases, and yes, once-in-awhile they get the flu and they get over it. It was my belief, that given the vaccine load placed on children and infants (a still growing load), the compositions of the vaccines, and the unknowns, that the risks of vaccines were not worth an arguable benefit.
As you consider your choice to vaccination or not, think on these good reasons not to vaccinate this year.
Mild Flu: The swine flu has not mutated into a virulent and dangerous strain as predicted by so many in the medical industry. The flu is mild for all but very small percentage and for people over 60, many may already have a natural immunity from contracting similar strains of flu in the past. I am now seeing patients with swine flu and the symptoms and severity are often milder than the usual winter flu. Children and adults are getting the flu and getting over it, just as millions do every year.
Limited Testing of the Vaccine: Because of the early fear and hype, the vaccine is being rushed to market with limited testing. The vaccine has been tested for just a few weeks on a few thousand adults and children, and a very few pregnant women.
Unknowns Mean a High Risk Vaccine: Because of the limited testing of the swine flu vaccine, there are more than the usual unknowns about the true risks of this vaccine. On open question is how effective the vaccine is in preventing the swine flu. Of special concern is the potential for vaccine reaction in pregnant women and children.
Children at special risk include those with with chronic illness such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, or who have had a previous vaccine reaction.
Notwithstanding the emphasis on the safety of vaccines in the media and from the medical industry, all vaccines carry risks, which can be devastating. It cannot be honestly said that vaccines are 100% safe. The risk of a vaccine reaction depends on a number of factors, like; medical history, the vaccine itself, whether one is ill when receiving the vaccine, other vaccines one has recently received, medications one is taking, potentially genetics, and the skill of the person administering the vaccine. While the medical industry claims they got the “science”, there is way more not known about how vaccines, with all the toxins, effect the immune system and the body both in the short and long term. If the immune system was really that well understood, one might expect we would have a cure for cancer and that vaccine reactions would not happen.
For example, according to a recent small study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota researchers found that children that got the flu “who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine. In asthmatic children, there was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization…”
Special Risks This Time: In addition to the limited testing there are other risks this year.
For the first time officials will be pushing the public to take both a seasonal and a swine flu vaccine, possibly administered in as many as 4 shots; two for the seasonal flu and two for the swine flu. The risks of this number and combination of shots has never been tested. Unknown is the impact of this combination on children, or how the new combination will interact with vaccines children are already receiving. A very new study under review from Canada suggests “that people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu.” The study is causing some health officials to rethink flu shot recommendations in Canada and has “convinced several provincial health agencies to announce hasty suspensions of seasonal flu vaccinations, long-held fixtures of public-health planning.”
Because of the push to mass vaccine, the roll out of non-medical vaccine “clinics” will likely be unprecedented. The shot could be give in shopping malls, stores, schools, drug stores, and perhaps drive-by kiosks. This leads to greater risk of poor administration of the vaccine. It goes without saying that correct administration of any medical injection is crucial. There will be greater risk of poor screening of children and adults at high risk of reaction. There will be greater risk of potential dosing problems, particularly if there is a two-shot vaccine. This places responsibility squarely on the consumer, if your are sick or taking medications, or your child has special health concerns, you must take the initiative on the potential for vaccine reaction. This cannot be overemphasized.
For the first time this year the FDA allowed mock vaccines for approval of the swine flu vaccine. This meas that the vaccine distributed may not be the exact vaccine that was tested. To allow for faster vaccine manufacture, a “mock” vaccine with a similar strain of the virus being targeted is used for approval of the ingredients and manufacturing method. Shortly before actual manufacture of the vaccine to be distributed, the prevalent virus strain in circulation is added.
Vaccine Toxic Additives: Most people now know that all vaccines contain additives, as preservatives and to help the vaccine boost anti-body response. The first thing to consider about these additives is that they are injected directly into the bloodstream bypassing all the bodies natural safety mechanism when confronting toxins. For children, this happens with every vaccine. While scientist and vaccine manufactures may debate the “safety” of these toxins, ask yourself from a common sense perspective, does injecting them into your body or your the body of your child make sense? How many times has the public been told that science says some drug or chemical is “safe’ only to find out later that the science has changed, or was wrong, or poorly done, and opps, it is not safe?
The toxins will depend on the vaccine and there are many of them. For example, the flu vaccines can contain such lovely toxins as ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid), mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene.
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances known. Aluminum has long been suspected in nerve toxicity and Alzheimer’s Disease. Squalene studies have linked it to arthritis and MS in rats.
No Vaccine Reaction Compensation: Because of the recognized risk of childhood vaccines there is a government compensation fund to pay vaccine victims, with ceilings on potential damages. and to prevent lawsuits. For the swine flu, Congress has shielded vaccine manufacturers and any person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people are harmed by the vaccine, yet there is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program for the swine flu vaccine.
You Can Do it Better Naturally: The best prevention for the flu is natural. The important thing is to put your body in the best position to allow your immune system to deal with the flu.
The video below is from The National Vaccine Information Center, their website www.nvic.org is a wonderful place to find information on vaccines.