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Are you really safer getting the flu vaccine?
It’s that time of year again; the time when insurance companies and medical doctors start pushing the flu vaccine. Many of you have asked my opinion regarding these vaccines. It seems as if the flu vaccines are being offered earlier every year. This year, I began seeing signs advertising flu vaccines as early as August. Isn’t this before the “traditional” flu season? Each year, several different flu vaccines are developed with researchers guessing which flu virus will be around that particular year. Before getting inoculated, consider the following:
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number one recommended vaccine for 2012 is Fluarix. The ingredients in Fluarix are sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, and ovalbumin.
Sodium Deoxycholate – Pierce Protein Biology Products says this is a water-soluble, bile-acid, ionic detergent commonly used in protein methods.
Formaldehyde – The National Cancer Institute describes formaldehyde as a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen . In 2011, the National Toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcingoens said formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Pacific Health Center reports the flu shots have two and a half times the formaldehyde as the level listed as “an immediate danger to life and health” by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health. They also report that aluminum, which is also in the flu shot in trace amounts, accelerate the activation of the immune system. But once the immune system is “turned on,” there’s no switch to turn it off. Long-term side effects of this are unknown. The National Research Council says "formaldehyde is oxidised to formic acid which leads to acidosis and nerve damage. Acidosis can be described as a condition in which the acidity of the body tissues and fluids is abnormally high. The liver and the kidneys may also be damaged."
Octoxynol-10 – According to CosmeticsInfo.org this ingredient has been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is approved for use as indirect food additives as components of adhesives, and paper and paperboard in contact with food.
A-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate - Merck Millipore classifies this ingredient as vitamin E.
Polysorbate 80 – A Pub-Med article says Polysorbate 80 is a ubiquitously used solubilizing agent that can cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.
Hydrocortisone - WebMD says "Use this medication on the skin only. Avoid getting this medication in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water." The NSF says if hydrocortisone is ingested to seek medical attention immediately and that it poses a danger of serious health damage if swallowed.
An individual is not swallowing hydrocortisone when they receive a flu shot, but the chemical is being injected directly into the body so it can be carried throughout the blood stream.
Gentamicin sulfate - Free Medical Dictionary says this is a broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete used in the treatment of various infections. Serious adverse effects are nephrotoxicity, auditory or vestibular ototoxicity, impairment of neuromuscular transmission, and hypersensitivity reactions. Neuromuscular blockade and respiratory paralysis have occurred after administration.
Ovalbumin – Biology Online calls this ingredient a water-soluble albumin which is the primary component of the egg white (about 60-65% of the total protein).
According to Vaccination Information Service mercury is also present in trace amounts as a preservative in the flu vaccine. Mercury is the second most poisonous element known to man and studies have shown that neurons begin to disintegrate in its presence. It has also been found to cause changes to chromosomes. Once it is ingested, injected, or inhaled, it stays within the body and accumulates. Some of the most serious side effects of mercury are liver disorders, injury to the cardiovascular system and hematopoietic system, deafness and ataxia. This University of Calgary video shows how mercury affects the brain.
Often times we hear doctors, pharmacist and public health officials recommend that children and the elderly receive a flu shot. An article in Eco Child's Play reports that Donald Miller, MD, a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington, recommends taking vitamin D instead of getting a flu shot. He also says 70 percent of doctors do not get a flu shot.
The article goes on to say that health officials say 5–20 percent of the population contract the flu each year. Approximately 200,000 people require hospitalization and 36,000 people die from the flu. The CDC's National Vital Statistics Reports shows that only 1,138 deaths a year occur due to the flu alone. More than 34,000 of the “36,000″ flu deaths are “influenza-associated” pneumonic and cardiovascular deaths. In other words, people had other preexisting health conditions which were made more serious by flu.
There is also a lack of evidence that young children benefit from flu shots. A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo according to a PubMed report.
The American College of Health Sciences says that vitamin D may help prevent the flu because it plays a critical role in allowing the immune system to successfully defeat viruses of all kinds. It also says Elderberry syrup has been shown by many scientific studies to fight standard strains of influenza. Dr. Oz concurs, saying elderberry extract is very effective at blocking a virus' ability to enter the body.
Since the majority of deaths associated with the flu occur in people who have other serious health issues, it may be wise for the elderly to receive the flu shot. However, those that are otherwise relatively healthy, it may be more prudent to avoid the flu shot and look at more natural and less toxic alternatives.
*Taken from digitaljournal.com