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Flu Shot - Benefits vs. Risks

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October 20, 2011.  Every year citizens within the United States face the dilemma of whether or not to get vaccinated for the strain of influenza virus that is anticipated to be infecting the population through the fall-spring. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate an average of 32,000 people die each year from the flu or complications leading to  pneumonia or worsening a chronic health issue such as congestive heart failure.  Those most at risk for having complications from the flu according to the CDC are young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 and older.

However, there are tradeoffs.  Pregnant women are more at risk for having an autistic child if they are immunized during pregancy.  Children are more likely to develop autism if immunized for the flu before the age of 6, and the elderly are at increased risk for actually contracting the flu or having an adverse reaction to a vaccine and are also at increased risk of developing neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease).   This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.  We recommend you consult with a health care professional knowledgeable about the pros and cons of vaccines to make an informed choice based upon your health issues. 

There are natural alternative approaches to supporting the body and immune system to support the body's immune system to enable the immune system to fight off infection and reduce severity of symptoms.  There are now anti-viral prescription drugs that your physician can prescribe if you do develop symptoms of the flu.  Autism Coach suplements that my family has successfully used to fight of colds and the flu are Olive Leaf Extract and Immunocillin.

Many versions of the standard flu vaccine still contain mercury in a preservative often called thimerisol.  Children who receive mercury vaccines after they have been diagnosed within the autism spectrum often regress further after receiving additional doses of mercury.  The current flu vaccine does not protect against the Bird Flu.  If you are going to get a flu vaccine, ask for one that is mercury free.   Less of this type has been made because thimerisol has been made partly because the manufacturing process currently takes longer and  partly because mercury-free vaccines cost approximately twice as much to manufacture.

Here is the current levels of mercury in some of the 2011/2012 flu vaccines from the Johns Hopkins school of public health vaccine safety website which complete tables of the components of vaccines and their potential allergens:


 Then there is also the issue of the OTHER preservatives in the vaccines - primarily formaldehyde (used to embalm corpses) and aluminum.  Aluminum is found in higher concentration in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and in the breasts of breast cancer patients.  

Mercury Free isn't necessarily Mercury Free and there are Other Problematic Preservatives

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration web site, "Vaccines with trace amounts of thimerosal can contain 1 microgram or less of mercury per dose."  Vaccines with 1 microgram or less of mercury per dose are considered to be "thimerisol free."  This web site also provides a table of vaccines and preservatives currently being used in them.  In spite of the FDA's denial of a correlation between autism and vaccines containing mercury, it quietly began removing thimerisol from the majority of its vaccines.

However, there are OTHER preservatives in vaccines that may also be problematic.  Formaldehyde and aluminum are still used as preservatives in virtually all vaccines.  It is also uncertain whether or not immunizing for multiple diseases at one time (such as the DPT and MMR vaccines) may overtax a young child's immune system and lead to immune system dysfunction.  Dr. Boyd Haley, head of the chemistry department for   Kentucky University, has shown in experiments with nerve cells that mercury in combination with other contaminants such as aluminum are synergistically more toxic to nerve cells than mercury alone.

According to the CDC web site, "The majority of influenza vaccines distributed in the United States currently contain thimerosal as a preservative. However, some contain only trace amounts of thimerosal and are considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be preservative-free. Manufacturers of preservative-free flu vaccine use thimerosal early in the manufacturing process. The thimerosal gets diluted as the vaccine goes through the steps in processing. By the end of the manufacturing process there is not enough thimerosal left in the vaccine to act as a preservative and the vaccine is labeled ‘preservative-free'.

In my opinion, a pharmaceutical company's or medical practitioner's bottom line should not be the primary determinant of what quantity of safe vaccines are made available to the public or in allowing unsafe vaccines to continue to be made.  The willingness of big business, big medicine and big government to allow the general population to be continued to be subjected to additives they know are harmful is criminal.  The efforts of special interest groups to fund biased studies with skewed or falsified data which is then parroted by the mainstream media as "proving there is no link between immunizations and autism" is nothing more than a reflection of the insecurity of these major institutions.  They are not only liable for causing this epidemic through over-vaccination with unsafe vaccines for profit, but are further compounding their crimes by continuing to allow children and adults to be harmed.  During the 2004 election, President Bush made a campaign promise to remove the mercury from vaccines which he never carried out.  If the government admits there is a link, they run the risk of being sued on behalf of the millions of children who are now autistic and families whose dreams have been shattered and lives have been blighted.  For the majority of parents with children in the autism spectrum, who watched their childrens' normal development go off-course after receiving an immunization, there is no doubt that immunizations played a significant part in triggering their child's autism. 

Side Effects of the Nasal Flu Vaccine

The nasal flu vaccine contains the live flu virus. Here is a list of the potential the side-effects:

Nasal influenza virus (live virus) vaccine may cause you to have mild flu-like symptoms. However, you may have flu-like symptoms at any time during flu season that may be caused by strains of influenza virus that are not contained in the vaccine.

You should not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first dose.

Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. If you ever need to receive another nasal influenza virus vaccine in the future, you will need to tell the doctor if the first vaccine caused any side effects.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine); or
  • high fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.

Less serious side effects include:

  • low fever, chills;
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • sore throat, cough;
  • headache;
  • feeling tired or irritable;
  • vomiting; or
  • muscle pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report vaccine side effects to the US Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-822-7967.

Links between Flu Shots and Alzheimer's

Vancouver neuroscientist Chris Shaw shows a link between the aluminum hydroxide used in vaccines, and symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Alzheimer’s.....“This is suspicious,” he told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview from his lab near Heather Street and West 12th Avenue. “Either this [link] is known by industry and it was never made public, or industry was never made to do these studies by Health Canada. I’m not sure which is scarier.”   Similar adjuvants are used in the following vaccines, according to Shaw’s paper: hepatitis A and B, and the Pentacel cocktail, which vaccinates against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and a type of meningitis....“No one in my lab wants to get vaccinated,” he said. “This totally creeped us out. We weren’t out there to poke holes in vaccines. But all of a sudden, oh my God—we’ve got neuron death!”

According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, one of the world's leading immunogeneticists and 13th most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots. I asked Dr. Fudenberg why this was so and he said it was due to the mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood shots).  The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.  Is that why Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple? Notes: Recorded from Dr. Fudenberg's speech at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA September, 1997.  Quoted with permission. Alzheimer's to quadruple statement is from John's Hopkins Newsletter Nov 1998."

Aluminum Toxicity

Five population studies now link Alzheimer's disease to aluminum in drinking water. As early as 1885, aluminum was shown to be toxic to the nervous tissues of animals. Aluminum can also produce a degeneration of the nervous tissues in cats and rabbits that resembles in some ways that seen in the brains of human patients with Alzheimer's disease. Patients with diseased kidneys accumulate large amounts of aluminum in their bodies from medications and from kidney-machine solutions that have been used until recently. This accumulation results in a severe mental deterioration.  For more information on aluminum toxicity, please click here.

Flu Prevention

Here is information from the CDC on how flu is spread and when it is contagious.

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

(To avoid this, people should wash their hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately.)

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some persons can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.