Flu Season is here... will you get the a flu shot?
Posted by Fred 63 on
The annual Flu season has arrive in North America. Your local pharmacy has turned on the "Flu Shot Here" flashing neon sign in their store-front window. Television news stations are probably running news segments that warn you that this years seasonal flu strain could be the most deadly ever! The message is delivered in the same manner as their weather person did last summer, warning their viewers of a coming storm that contains a "Tornadic Supercell" which could wipe you out so take cover! Are you buying in? Are you making your appointment to get the seasonal flu shot this year?
Here re some flu facts that may help you to decide if you will get your flu shot this year.
You have a 5-20 % chance of catching the seasonal flu
The risk of dying from influenza each year is about 1/100,000
In reality, the risk of dying is hugely dependent on age. For those aged 19-64 years, the general risk for that population of death by influenza is 0.4 deaths per 100,000 persons, or 1/250,000
Vaccinated individuals are 60 percent less likely to catch the flu than people who aren't vaccinated according to the CDC
Each years flu vaccine will be 50-60% effective in preventing flu contraction
If you decide not to get a flu shot, what should you do to reduce your risk of getting the flu? That is to reduce the 5-20% number above.
Wash you hands frequently; 15 seconds with soap and running water
Avoid close contact with people in public places where your risks are higher for catching the flu, especially true for the emergency ward of a hospital. Don't go there unless your really sick (i.e. high fever etc.)
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes
Regular exercise boosts your immune system
Cover your nose and mouth, as this is the mostly likely route of entry for the virus into you body. This is where a surgical mask like Mouth Shutters can help.
My choice is not to get the flu shot each year. That may change if I catch the flu in the future ( knock on wood that I don't) and it puts me down and out for a couple of weeks. I am currently not in a high risk age group or work in a high risk job that increases my chances of catching the flu or dying from the flu, more then what's considered to be "normal risk".
I guess I am very skeptical of most information that is communicated on tv and internet when it comes to "the benefits" of getting the annual flu shot. Furthermore, it's because this statistical data is being provided by companies funded by those selling the shots. I am sure they also lobby the CDC which recommends vaccine schedules in the US. I believe the risks of getting the flu and dying are less than what is stated, and in contrast, the risks of getting sick from the flu shot is understated. No pharmaceutical company is making vaccines for "the good of mankind". They make them and sell them for profit if they work or not, regardless of the vaccine side affects or risks. I assume they have a whole department of lawyers writing the small print on the packaging to reduce the companies liability. About 147.8 million vaccines were distributed in the US in 2015, amounting to $1.61 billion in revenue, according to industry researcher IMS Health. It's big business.
A couple of more facts to consider.
According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal. Some contain as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. This means that it may contain more than 250 times the Environmental Protection Agency's safety limit for mercury! In addition to mercury, flu vaccines also contain other toxic or hazardous ingredients like:
Aluminum -- a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer's disease
Triton X-100 -- a detergent
Phenol (carbolic acid)
Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
Betapropiolactone - a disinfectant
Nonoxynol - used to kill or stop growth of STDs
Octoxinol 9 - a vaginal spermicide
Last but not least, I think it says a lot that 70 percent of doctors and nurses, and 62 percent of other health care workers do NOT get the yearly flu shot. The reasons why they opted to not get vaccinated were: they didn't believe the vaccine would work; they believed their immune systems were strong enough to withstand exposure to the flu; and they were concerned about side effects.
Good luck in making your own informed decision whether or not to get your flu shot this year.
PS. Statistical data in the above blog, from articles found on http://www.mercola.com/