Do Flu Shots Work?
June 21, 2013
By Sano Mag Staff
Advertisement promoting flu shots in Australia
Winter is well and truly upon us and if the last couple of weeks are anything to go by, it's going to be a cold one! And we all know what that means, it's flu season!

Doctors' offices are already swarming with notices advertising the need to get a flu shot this winter. Advertising campaigns across Australia call for the young and the elderly in particular to get vaccinated for the flu before it's too late.

Have you thought about getting a flu shot and want to know if it will actually protect you against influenza? Do you want to know what the flu shot actually involves?

The Flu Shot is Dangerous for the Young and Old

State health departments offer free flu vaccinations in Australia to high-risk groups such as people over 6 months of age with heart disease, severe asthma, a chronic lung condition, chronic illness, disease of the nervous system, impaired immunity or diabetes, children aged 6 months to 10 years on long-term aspirin therapy, Aboriginal people aged over 15, pregnant women, and those aged over 65. This is despite warnings from international health organisations that these groups are most at risk from developing complications from the flu shot.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are at risk of developing complications from the flu shot include:
  • Children younger than 5
  • People over 65 years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • People with the following medical conditions:
  • Asthma (even if it's mild)
  • Neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Endocrine disorders (such as diabetes mellitus)
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • People with a weakened immune system due to HIV or AIDS, cancer, or people on chronic steroids
  • People younger than 19 receiving long-term aspirin therapy
  • People who are morbidly obese (BMI over 40)

Vaccinating Against the Flu is Riskier than the Flu Virus

Flu shots inject known strains of the flu virus into the body along with a host of other ingredients. This method actually lowers your body's ability to fight the virus which is why you hear of so many people contracting the flu after having the flu shot.

The flu vaccine may include any of these toxic ingredients:

The flu vaccines don't actually immunise the body against the flu virus, they sensitise it by injecting it with strains of the flu. There are literally thousands of articles in medical journals that link the flu shot to a myriad of side effects and health problems, including:
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Immuno-suppression
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Hypersensitive reaction
  • Serious neurological disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's disease

These side effects and serious health problems actually make you more susceptible to the flu, rather than immunise you against it. Research also shows that widespread vaccinating against the flu actually alters flu viruses, mutating them and causing more deadly and drug-resistant strains.

The Flu Shot Found to be Ineffective

There are so many strains of the flu (all of them continually mutating and growing stronger) that knowing which strains of the flu to vaccinate against is akin to rolling a dice.

In 51 studies of flu vaccines involving more than 260,000 children, Oxford University scientists found the flu shot was no more effective than a placebo. In 2010, seasonal flu vaccinations were actually banned in Australia for children under the age of 5. The move came after 100 children were admitted to hospital with febrile convulsions after receiving the influenza vaccine known as Fluvax.

According to the Australian Medical Association, the incident occurred a year after clinical trials, in which a baby suffered convulsions, and 20 children recorded such high temperatures they couldn't be administered with the second dose. Despite all this, Fluvax is still on the market, and continues to be administered to children under 5. Some adults have also experienced convulsions from Fluvax.

Cure the Flu Naturally

If you really want to give the flu the kick this winter, or find yourself always getting sick, then you're actually much better off preventing flu the old-fashioned way – naturally through diet, vitamins, sleeping well and keeping hydrated. A strong link between vitamin D deficiency and influenza has also been documented, as this report shows.

Find out more ways to protect against the flu this winter in this article: 10 Natural Ways to Combat Cold and Flu.

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"In 2010, seasonal flu vaccinations were banned for children under 5 in Australia after 100 children experienced febrile convulsions."