The Flu Shot Could Be Making You Sick, So What’s the Point?

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flu shotWant to start a spirited debate among friends? Find out who's pro-flu shot and who's anti-flu shot, split them up into teams, then sit back and watch the show! You know what I'm talking about: There are people who swear by the flu shot and others who think it's poison, and never the twain shall meet. Or so it seemed, until this year.

That's because this year, the flu shot is falling short. Big time. While the vaccine is usually between 50% and 70% effective, this season's shot worked for only 56 percent of people who got it -- AND "it largely failed to protect the elderly against an especially deadly strain circulating during flu season."

And that's not all. While the flu shot's side effects are largely downplayed, there's a significant amount of data suggesting the vaccine may do more harm than good.

Here's the deal: All vaccines work by suppressing your immune system, which can take months to return to normal. In the meantime, possible dangers include

1. Depression of immune and brain function caused by lab-altered vaccine viruses and neurotoxins present in vaccines such as heavy metals.

2. Autoimmunity triggered by foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues.

3. Chronic illness due to altered t-cell function.

        4. Allergies caused by the introduction of large foreign protein molecules into your body that have not been properly broken down by your digestive tract. Yeah, I think I'll pass.

Did you get the flu shot this year and still get sick?


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twili... twilightsbella

Like 3yrs ago the nurse talked me into gettin the flushot well i ended up with the flu from it for 3 days it was so bad i went to the ER i never got that shot again

abra819 abra819

We did NOT get ours this year. Unless there's like a world wide pandemic, we'll continue to skip it.

nonmember avatar K

I had to get mine since I work health care. If I didn't, I'd get fired. Even though I have an egg allergy and end up missing work every year when I get the shot I still have to get it. The only way I can opt out is with a doctors note and then go up against administration and infection control stating why and signing a contract stating that if I call out I'd lose my job. It's horrible. I don't need it nor do I want it.

nonmember avatar Cass

If you don't understand the warnings you're abiding by, perhaps you shouldn't write about them.

1. Depression of immune function is exactly what will not happen. Unless your immune system is horribly dysfunctional, the introduction of any foreign substances sends it into attack mode. In viruses like HIV, the immune cells are infiltrated. Without T-cells, you lose the quickest and most effective means of defense, since all that remains are B-cells. Since the latter works via antibodies that take time to create, they are slower, which allows opportunistic infections and cancer to set in. If you can prove that there is a higher occurrence of these things in vaccinated vs unvaccinated people, then you might have a case. So far, nothing has been found. As for the heavy metals, if you are concerned, try preservative-free vaccines. That will remove some of the heavy metals. However, if you're trying to keep heavy metals out of your child completely, be sure to ban them from eating most fish, using deodorant, fountain drinks (cadmium in the pipes), and going to grandma's (lead paint and pipes).

nonmember avatar Cass

2. You don't form an immune response to foreign DNA unless its been genetically altered to give an immune response (the flu vaccines aren't DNA immunogenic). You fight back two ways- whole cells have special receptors called MHC receptors that present proteins on their outside. Usually, it works kind of like an ID card- the T-cells "check" it and determine if the cell is foreign. If so, it sends latches on and destroys that cell. Problems with T cells attacking host cells are what play a role in asthma, anaphylaxis, and Rh factor reactions. You also get B cells that clean the blood of foreign "waste", like that which is found in the flu vaccine. B-cells work by producing antibodies. Essentially, foreign proteins are presented to B cells, which make antibodies for a certain one of those proteins. Since B cells don't require an MHC complex, they are the ones responsible for immunity. A live virus would attack cells and work by the first pathway. The flu vaccine works by the second pathway, since it is impossible for it to infect any cells.

3. See above. Simply presenting the dead viral protein does not chronically affect t-cell function. To date, I've never seen any paper suggesting that the other components of the vaccine impair T-cell function, since, again, opportunistic infections would occur very frequently. The flu vaccine does not give even mild AIDS symptoms.

nonmember avatar Cass

4. This is the only one of your concerns that merits any serious consideration. If you have an extremely over active immune system when it comes to allergies, it is possible that a severe allergy could theoretically develop. However, I have not heard a single reputable story suggesting that egg allergies develop in even a fraction of those that get the vaccine, which may contain egg protein. Fact is, we don't understand entirely why allergies develop seemingly at random. To date, however, there is no evidence that vaccines are responsible for an increased allergy occurrence.

If you choose not to vaccinate and accept the condequences, that is your right as a parent. However, whatever information you put out there, please try and make sure it's not fear-mongering. Using big, scary words you don't understand doesn't help anybody make an informed decision for their families.

nonmember avatar Bradley

This is a terribly irresponsible article, Ms. Burt. Anyone in the medical field will tell you that your "facts" are fictitious. Cafe Mom should not be publishing stuff like this. Shame on you.

mrswi... mrswillie

I never get the shot.

mande... manderspanders

Thank you Cass and Bradley!

Fear mongering and spreading false information....Jacqueline, I hope you don't consider yourself to be any sort of journalist.

This information is outright false.

mande... manderspanders

And your "source" is a natural health website....cuz that is so reputable.

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