Is getting a flu shot worth it?
We’ve all heard the stories of people having horrible side effects after receiving the flu shot, but how common are they?
Maybe you’ve read mommy blogs where the author and all of the commenters curse the flu vaccine; claiming those who receive it are doomed.
But is there any truth behind any of the negative claims you hear? Should mothers be wary about getting flu shots for their children, or themselves? Should you get a flu shot?
I had researched vaccinations once before, but recently decided to get as much info as I could on the flu vaccine and then formulate an accurate opinion.
What I eventually decided (after weighing all the pros and cons) was that I personally am not going to get a flu shot this year, or any year in the near future.
It simply does not seem worth it to me, but who knows; I’ll probably get some radical strain next week and die. Oh well. Here’s why I decided against it and maybe it will help you and your family make an informative decision as well.
The flu hospitalizes around 200,000 Americans each year and 40,000, or so, are killed by it (more specifically, its complications like pneumonia & heart failure).
Without a doubt, the threat of the flu virus is very real and the CDC recommends everyone get the flu vaccine each year, but how effective is it? If you received the vaccine this year, you (according to CDC claims) are protected by up to 90-percent from being infected by the flu virus.
However, last February (and every February) a group of vaccine researchers, from across the globe, meet up and choose 3 strains, which they think are most likely to produce the highest amount of infections the following flu season. Therefore, the vaccine only protects you from 3 (of the many) strains floating around and the typical flu shot does not include protection from avian flu.
Secondly, the results that are used to measure how safe the vaccines are, are only based on short-term side effects reported by the patient between 2 and 14 days after receiving the vaccine.
So, any long term, and potentially serious, side effects that occur after the two-week window are not attributed to the flu shot, but other natural and environmental factors. This was brought to the attention of many by Sherri Tenpenny, who is an osteopathic doctor and a flu vaccine critic.
Which happens to be 49% mercury––you know; that dangerous neurotoxin that can cause major health problems years after exposure (long-term).
Yesterday, while I was at Walgreen’s getting a prescription, I asked the pharmacist whether or not their vaccines included thimerosal.
He gave me a perplexed look and asked why I was asking about it and if I was allergic to certain preservatives. I said that I wasn’t, but happened to be curious about Walgreen’s vaccines and if they contained mercury.
The pharmacist said that they do contain thimerosal, which included mercury. Before I left, I decided (mostly out of curiosity) to ask if he had received the flu shot, or planned to. He smiled and said, “Nope.”
These reasons (along with a few other) are why I have opted out on getting the flu shot, but everyone should make this decision on their own and it completely depends on your situation.
If you’re at a high risk for infection––between 6 months to 5 years, you’re pregnant, over 50, and anyone with asthma, diabetes and heart, or blood disorders––you might want to talk to your doctor about it, which he will probably, and enthusiastically, tell you to get one.
Maybe I’m just a ridiculous, paranoid 20-something, but I just don’t see that the flu shot is worth it and don’t like the idea of having (even a small amount) of mercury injected directly into my body. Happy flu season everybody, it’s here till march, so watch out!
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