According to materials released August 28, 2012 by Dr. Katharine Garnier, a family physician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine there is no good reason not to get the annual flu vaccine.
In the release, Garnier lists 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons not to get the flu shot. Her reasons are an apparent jab at those unwilling to comply with the CDC’s recommendation that everyone 6 months or older receive a flu shot.
However, those who are more concerned about being exposed to the flu vaccine than the flu do have good reasons, despite Garnier’s assertion that a good reason doesn’t exist. The following are 10 reasons you should think twice before getting your seasonal flu vaccine.
Poor success rate preventing the flu. One of the primary problems with the seasonal flu vaccine is the fact that there is not one virus that causes the flu. Indeed there are many different strains. Because of this, flu vaccine manufacturers and scientists play a guessing game and create a vaccine to combat those viruses that they predict will be most virulent during any given flu season. Some vaccines have been dismal at best for flu prevention rates.
Several viable and safer natural alternatives exist. Studies suggest that simply boosting your intake of vitamin D can prevent flu in both children and adults. In addition, antimicrobial essential oils and the homeopathic remedy Influenzinum 9C have produced excellent results in preventing the flu.
Flu vaccines contain mercury. Thimerosal, the primary preservative used in flu vaccines, is made up of highly toxic mercury. Mercury is an extremely dangerous heavy metal, and multiple studies suggest that it is harmful to the brain and nervous system and has been linked to developmental delays in children.
Vaccine side effects. While physicians and the CDC assert that the flu shot does not cause the flu, it can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever , aches and muscle soreness.
Rare, but serious neurological disorder. In 1976 a significant number of those who received the flu vaccine acquired Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)—a disorder characterized by permanent nerve damage, leading to weakness and tingling in your extremities and even paralysis. The CDC indicates that 1 in 100,000 people who get a flu shot will develop GBS.
Vascular disorders. According to a 2002 study published in the journal Current Opinions in Neurology flu shots are associated with an increased risk of vascular inflammation. Symptoms include fever, jaw pain, muscle aches, pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder and hips and headache.
Increased risk of narcolepsy. A number of children in 12 different countries developed narcolepsy—a chronic sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness and frequent daytime sleep attacks—after receiving the swine flu vaccine in 2009. Scientists blame this increase on a gene that increases the risk of narcolepsy; however, the flu shot was the trigger that activated the gene.
Polysorbate 80. Many flu shots contain a potential carcinogen known as polysorbate 80. This harmful chemical is linked to infertility, anaphylactic shock and cancer.
Formaldehyde. Some flu vaccines contain a known carcinogen formaldehyde, which according the EPA causes reproductive harm, excess inflammation, gastrointestinal damage and respiratory system injury.
A link to Alzheimer’s disease? According to Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a leading immunogeneticist, those who consistently get the flu vaccine increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 fold. He believes this is due to the toxic combination of aluminum and mercury in the vaccine.