This is actually only some of the nasty ingredients they put in the flu shot. Then there's the whole issue of the fact that the dang thing doesn't actually work! I recently read that the way they pick the strain of flu to put in the shot is by capturing migrating birds (from Asia, I think?) and taking the virus from their bodies. Doesn't mean that will actually be the strain that YOU might get...it's pretty much hit or miss.
Here's some interesting facts straight from the book "The Vaccine Guide" by Randall Neustaedter, OMD (oriental medicine doctor), who, incidentally, is on my site Mommy Chats every month sharing all kinds of holistic medicine information that is very very interesting. And there are transcripts on the site.
- Flu vaccine manufacturers are notoriously inaccurate at predicting the appropriate viruses to use in an individual year's vaccine, rendering the vaccine ineffective.
- Flu vaccine is relatively ineffective in those patients most at risk of flu complications.
- The vaccine has caused GBS (Guillain-Barre syndrome) in recipients during several different flu seasons.
- Those most at risk of flu compications probably share a higher risk of adverse reactions to the flu vaccine as well.
Anyway, the mercury alone is enough for me not to get the dang thing...they may have taken that out of regular vaccines but they haven't yet taken it out of flu vaccines and there are dangerous levels of it in the flu vaccine (not that any amount is safe)...And its been proven that its pretty ineffective anyway.
I've never in my life had a flu vaccine. I've had the flu ONCE ever, in my life! If you are generally healthy, you can handle the flu. It's not fun, but you can handle it. I'm not risking the risks of that darn vaccine for basically nothing. There are ways to keep your immune system up and running well to fight this sort of thing...I take vitamin c and echinacea off and on during cold and flu season and myself and my kiddos (I give it to Maeven too and Tyren is still nursing so he gets it from me) rarely get sick and when we do its very very mild. Haven't had the flu yet. Wash hands a lot too. And I have recently learned of some more ways that we can help our immune system from Dr. Neustaedter that I'm going to be heading to Whole Foods to buy...No vaccine for my kiddos and me!
The thing that REALLY gets me about the flu shot...that they are pushing it for pregnant women. When I was pg with Tyren, Adam got scared because of all the hype on the news (incidentally...there's always hype about something on the news...I personally find it silly to freak out about it all because they are so often just blowing things out of proportion...I tend to research before I freak out. And the flu is not something to freak out about unless you have a very weak immune system...in which case you should be doing things to boost that immune system not damage it with vaccines.) and was pressuring me to get the flu vaccine. I said NO WAY IN HELL!!! I explained to him that there is a large dose of mercury in that vaccine and mercury is known to cause birth defects...so why in the HELL are they promoting this in pregnant women? Hell if I know but that to me is just evidence about how friggin stupid these media and health professionals are on this topic...pushing a known toxin on unborn babies because of their stupid agenda. Ok, I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but it IS all about the money I think. They make a buttload of money on vaccines. So of course they are going to push them! I mean, DUH!!! They are really really good at their commercials and scare tactics. They've got the general public really convinced that we need this crap.
But think about it, people...who should you be listening to? The people who are making money off of this stuff? (and so greatly benefit from scaring you into thinking that you need to have their vaccines? And don't get me started on how they've got the doctors doing their work for them, spreading their propaganda to their patients, argh!)...that's like listening to a car salesman tell you why you HAVE to have HIS car!
OK, I'm not even going to keep ranting here...I could go on for days...I'm not letting them inject their useless poison into mine or my children's bodies, plain and simple. That's a very simple decision on my part.
I should make a final note that this rant is specifically about the flu vaccine, not all vaccines in general. The jury is still out on the effectiveness of all the rest. For me personally I find both the diseases AND the vaccines equally scary, so I don't have simple answers to all the rest of that stuff. *sigh*