Flu season is upon us! What does that mean? That’s right, it means that everyone should be getting their flu shot. The flu virus kills an average of 36,000 people every year in the United States alone and leaves millions more sick. It takes a few weeks for your body to build up enough immunity to fight against the flu so it is important to get them as soon as possible.
That being said, this could be the year that you actually listen to your parents and get your flu shot. It’s important that you know what is in your flu shot so that you can make an educated decision on whether or not it is right for you. We here at SGR are dedicated to giving our readers all of the facts about the flu vaccine.
You may be surprised to find out that the most common ingredient in most flu vaccines is a chemical called formaldehyde which is used as a fixative for tissue specimens and embalming fluid. In fact, a conservative estimate would suggest that a single flu shot contains around 8.5 mg of this carcinogen – probably more since different vaccines contain varying amounts of formaldehyde.
The second most common ingredient in flu shots is alcohol. That’s right, the same stuff that you can put into your car to make it run better is also what they are injecting into your body to boost your immune system. Some reports suggest that various levels of ethyl and methyl alcohol are also added to the vaccines as a stabilizer.
The next ingredient that you should be aware of is Thimerosal, an organomercury compound developed by Eli Lily in 1929 as a preservative for vaccines. While it has been widely contested whether or not this toxin actually causes harm to humans – there have been a few legitimate studies which have shown that it can damage nerves. Thimerosal is still present in the flu vaccine as a preservative at 50 micrograms (mcg) per dose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gelatin, human diploid cells (the dissected organs of humans who were genetically modified with their own viruses), and chicken proteins are also major ingredients in the vaccine. No wonder so many people have to get yearly shots!
Remember it is important that you do your own research when making an informed decision about getting a flu shot. Some doctors recommend that if you are pregnant, you should not take the flu vaccine because of its potential effects on fetal development. Just remember that you are the one who has to live with your decision – make sure it is an educated one.
If you’re still wondering if this vaccine is right for you, here are some things that may help you decide:
1) The viability of flu antibodies seems to shift as indicated by the match between the strains of immunization infection and those of the circling infections. As indicated by a survey article distributed in Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2009, the writers note that between 33% and 77 percent of flu immunizations regulated worked out with defensive measures against the seasonal infection.
2) Inhaled flu vaccine (Live Flu Mist): The company was forced to stop production in 2009 because the vaccine appeared to be responsible for an increased number of cases of flu.
3) Flu Vaccine effectiveness is usually between 40% and 60%. This means that 6 out of ten people who take the shot will get sick anyway.
4) The flu vaccine contains high levels of mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, aborted fetal cells, animal products, diseased chicken embryos and assorted preservatives.
5) Flu vaccines contain many of the same ingredients as pharmaceutical anti-depressants like Prozac which include genetically modified bacteria, neurotoxins like MSG and formaldehyde (i.e., embalming fluid), toxic clumping agent Triton X-100, hexadecyl-trimethylammonium bromide (a chemical warfare agent) and much more.
6) The flu vaccine can give you the flu, or make you even sicker than you are already. There have been reports of people dying within 24 hours after receiving the flu vaccine. One man got so sick after receiving a flu shot that he had to be carried into the doctor’s office.
7) With a vaccine efficacy rate of about 40 percent, if you go to a doctor or clinic and find 100 people who have been vaccinated for influenza, about 40 will have been protected from the flu. If you happen to belong in this group, then it means that you and the other 60 people who didn’t respond to the vaccine are likely to get sick or spread the virus. This is not a very good ratio, and makes you wonder if it’s worth getting vaccinated at all.
8) Flu Vaccines can destroy your immune system making you dependent on Big Pharma for life as no one can live without their immune system.
9) Flu vaccines are not regulated by the FDA, meaning there is no guarantee that what’s on the package insert is actually in the vaccine. This makes it impossible to monitor side effects or reactions should they occur.