This topic has come up every year with so many of you
that I felt it was appropriate to offer you some REAL facts about
the Flu shot and not the hype that the media and medical profession
seems so caught up in.
This report is vital information that YOU NEED to read and understand
so you can make an educated decision when it comes to this issue.
All sources and references are included.
For the many people whom I have spoken to regarding vaccines and
especially the flu shot, my advice has been to improve your immune
system NATURALLY through a proper diet, exercise, a proper amount
of quality sleep and of course a nervous system functioning at 100%
so as to keep your body functioning at optimal levels. The same
suggestions are made by the experts listed below.
Independent medical studies have PROVEN that regular Chiropractic
care improves Immune Function by 400%. There is no pill, potion
or shot out there that can come close to what your body can do when
it is functioning properly. Make a healthy choice and avoid dangerous
toxins as are found in vaccines, by having yourself and your family
adjusted regularly to ensure optimal health!
Dr. Bryan K. Bajakian
SHOULD YOU GET THE FLU SHOT?
Get the REAL Flu Facts before you decide.
"Look, first of all you have 2/3rds of the population on aspartame
which interacts with all vaccines. Secondly, the CDC has admitted
this is not the same strain as the flu that is here. Of course it
couldn't be, its made from last year's flu vaccine. So even if someone
wasn't using aspartame, all it can do is give you the flu. On an
Ohio radio show Nov. 25,2003, a doctor stated 'If you have taken
the flu shot more than 8 times in the last 10 years you have an
80% chance of getting Alzheimers'. Since aspartame is escalating
Alzheimers anyway, and memory loss is so prevalent with aspartame
its like #9 on the FDA list of 92 symptoms, people won't have a
Ingri Cassel, President Vaccination Liberation
Stop Worrying About the Flu
Like diehard fans camping out overnight to be the first in line
for concert tickets to their favorite performer, people are waiting
in long lines hoping to get the flu vaccine. Yes, it's that time
of year -- flu season and the media and the government have stirred
the public into complete panic mode. Headlines flood newspapers
reading, "Vaccine shortage leads public crisis" and on
the hour radio broadcasts are bombarding the public with reports
that the flu epidemic is coming and there aren't enough vaccines
to fight it.
Before You Run Out to Get the Flu Shot ... Do Your Homework
It's becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from the
hype created by the media and government officials. In order to
make an informed decision of whether or not to get the flu shot,
it is of utmost importance to do your homework. This involves doing
thorough research of the safety issues surrounding the flu vaccination
and then learning the preventative measures against getting the
flu in the first place.
The Target Markets for the Flu Vaccine: Elderly and Children
Generally, the flu vaccine is recommended for people ages 65 and
older and to those with serious medical conditions that could quickly
worsen as a result of serious complications from the flu. Reports
from medical journals widely vary in the effectiveness for the elderly,
ranging from 0 to 85 percent.
The CDC reports that 90 percent of deaths from influenza occur
among the elderly. These kinds of statistics make it nearly impossible
to credit the flu vaccine for prolonging lives in this age group,
as 65 percent of all deaths (regardless of the cause) happen among
Further, there are potential dangers to the flu vaccine, particularly
to the already vulnerable elderly population. Dr. Hugh Fudenberg,
one of the world's leading immunogeneticists, states the chances
of getting Alzheimer's disease is 10 times higher if an individual
has five consecutive shots than if they have one, two or no shots.
This is likely due to the thimerosol (a mercury-derived preservative)
and aluminum content of the vaccine.
Recommendations to give flu vaccinations to children were adopted
on March 1, 2003. These recommendations include vaccinating children
between 2 and 18 years who live in households containing children
younger than 2 years of age. The most common type of flu vaccine
given to children is called Fluzone, with each dose containing 25
ug of mercury. CDC recommendations include administering the flu
vaccine to children beginning at six months of age and then on an
annual basis, for the rest of their lives.
Does the Flu Vaccine Really Work?
The flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make
you more predisposed to the illness.
The flu vaccine, whether in the shot or nasal form, is worthless
at best and should be avoided. Not only are they loaded with toxic
chemicals including mercury and aluminum, but many people come down
with the flu shortly after receiving the shot. This is because it
actually weakens the immune system, making the person more predisposed
to the illness.
The Dangers You Need to Know About FluMist
First, it is important to familiarize yourself with the side effects
of FluMist, which include cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, irritability,
headaches, chills, muscle aches and fever. Ironically, all of these
symptoms bear striking similarities to the symptoms of the flu.
In addition, research has shown an increased risk of Bell palsy
following intranasal flu vaccination, according to the Global Advisory
Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS). The makers of the nasal flu
vaccine in the study decided not to market it the following season
due to the risk. According to GACVS, the greater risk of Bell palsy
following immunization with this vaccine may have been due to specific
vaccine components, or simply to use of the intranasal administration
route. It is therefore possible that such complications of vaccine
administration may also apply to other nasal vaccines.
The new live-virus vaccine (FLUMIST), which is squirted up the
nose, was licensed by the FDA in June 2003 for use in healthy individuals
between the ages of five and 50. It is not recommended for pregnant
women or those with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease; chronic
underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disorders;
immune suppression or immune system problems; children or adolescents
receiving aspirin therapy, anyone allergic to eggs; or those with
a history of Guillain Barre syndrome. It should not be given simultaneously
with other vaccines.
FLUMIST's vaccine live virus is shed after vaccination so the vaccinated
are advised to avoid close contact with immune-compromised individuals
for at least 21 days. Some hospital personnel are asking those recently
vaccinated with FLUMIST to avoid visiting patients in hospitals
to prevent the risk of transmitting the vaccine strain virus to
By Dr Sherri Tenpenny www.nmaseminars.com
News reports have been flooding us with articles warning that the
impending flu season may be the worst in years. Even though it is
difficult to separate the facts from the hype, a close evaluation
of the flu vaccine will reveal that serious questions must be raised
about the recommendations that are routinely touted, namely high
efficacy with little risk. Anyone considering a flu shot should
become informed about the substances coming through that needle,
and should be determined to investigate the safety and efficacy
issues that are still unresolved.
The vaccine virus
Each year, a new vaccine is developed that contains three different
viruses (one influenza B and two influenza A strains). CDC officials
select the new viruses based on which viruses were prevalent during
the flu season in China and Australia the previous year. The CDC
admits that the viruses selected for the new vaccine are chosen
on the basis of an “educated guess.” [i]
What’s in a flu shot?
The influenza virus is grown in “specific pathogen-free”
(SPF) eggs. Eggs are tested for a variety of agents—usually
between 23 and 31—to confirm the absence of those specific
pathogens. Laboratories limit the number of agents that are screened
due to the shear abundance of potential viruses and/or bacteria
to choose from. In addition, screening for every potential agent
would be cost prohibitive.[ii] If none of the tested agents are
detected, the vaccine is reported as “pathogen free.”
However, it should be understood that there is a distinct difference
between “pathogen free” and “specific pathogen-free.”
In its July 1996 report, the Institute of Medicine acknowledged
that “although it is not possible to produce a completely
uncontaminated animal, it is possible to produce an animal [or egg]
certified to be free of specific pathogens.”[iii] Viruses
that are harmless to their animal host, however, may be potentially
harmful to humans.
During the manufacturing process, antibiotics (neomycin, polymyxin
B and gentamicin) are added to eliminate stray bacteria found in
the mixture. The final solution can contain the following additives
in any combination: Triton X-100 (a detergent); polysorbate 80 (a
potential carcinogen); gelatin; formaldehyde; and residual egg proteins.
In addition, many of the influenza vaccines still contain thimerosal
as a preservative. Thimerosal (mercury) is being investigated for
its link to brain injury and autoimmune disease.
Does the flu shot protect?
There are no guarantees that the influenza viruses selected for
the vaccine will be the identical strains circulating during a given
flu season. In fact, it has recently been announced that this year's
flu vaccine does not include the strain that is being reported by
doctors in the community called the “A Fujian” strain.
Outbreaks have been reported in Texas, Colorado and elsewhere[iv]
that involve strains that do not match the current flu vaccine.
CDC tests have confirmed that more than 80 per cent of the 55 strains
of influenza virus isolated thus far are the A Fujian strain. Even
so, the CDC still maintains that the current vaccine could provide
cross-protection against the new variant, but the fact is, no one
knows for sure.
Moreover, the majority of illnesses characterized by fever, fatigue,
cough and aching muscles are not caused by the influenza virus.
Non-influenza viruses (e.g., rhinoviruses respiratory syncytial
virus [RSV], adenoviruses, and parainfluenza viruses) can cause
symptoms referred to influenza-like illnesses (ILI). Certain bacteria,
such as Legionella spp., Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae,
and Streptococcus pneumoniae, have been documented as the causes
Notably, these microbes are not part of the flu vaccine. Unless
an organism’s antigen is contained within the vaccine, there
is no protection conferred by the vaccine. It is estimated that
most adults will average 1-3 episodes of ILI, and most children
will average 3-6 episodes. The CDC also admits that “many
persons who have been vaccinated against influenza can still get
A serious concern: Alzheimer’s Disesase
Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly
850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that
if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and
1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's
Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots.[vii]
Dr. Boyd Haley, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry
at the University of Kentucky, Lexington has done extensive research
in the area of mercury toxicity and the brain. Haley’s research
has established a likely connection between mercury toxicity and
Alzheimer’s disease. [viii] In a paper published in collaboration
with researchers at University of Calgary, Haley stated that “seven
of the characteristic markers that we look for to distinguish Alzheimer's
disease can be produced in normal brain tissues, or cultures of
neurons, by the addition of extremely low levels of mercury.”[ix]
Does this prove that the mercury contained in the influenza shot
can be directly linked to Alzheimer’s? No, absolutely not.
But further research in this area is critically needed because the
absence of proof is not the “proof of absence.”[x]
Flu vaccine now for children
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) adopted
a resolution effective March 1, 2003 that expanded the use of the
influenza vaccine to include children aged 6-23 months. The recommendations
also included vaccinating those aged 2 to 18 years who live in households
containing children younger than 2 years of age.[xi]
The flu vaccine most commonly given to children is Fluzone, a trivalent
vaccine grown in chicken eggs. Harvested with formaldehyde and containing
the recommended ratio of 15 ug of each of the three prototype viral
strains, each dose of Fluzone> also contains 25 ug of mercury.[xii]
The new CDC recommendations include giving the influenza vaccine
to children beginning at six months of age and then annually, for
the rest of their lives. Children less than age 9 receiving their
first flu shot, two doses of vaccine are recommended, with a minimum
interval of one month between the two doses. However, the CDC does
not provide a direct reference to substantiate this recommendation.[xiii]
On June 17, 2003, the FDA approved an intranasal influenza vaccine
for use in healthy persons aged 5–49 years. Flumist is a live-virus
vaccine that can cause a litany of problems. (for further information
on Dangers of FluMist)
If you choose not to receive the flu shot, have a discussion
with your doctor regarding other options. However, some simple and
possibly quite effective things you can do for yourself to prevent
the flu include: 1) avoid white sugar;[xiv] 2) exercise regularly;
3) get adequate sleep; 4) eat a healthy diet, omitting trans-fats;
5) drink plenty of purified water daily and 6) wash your hands.
A common way people contract viral illnesses is by rubbing their
nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with
a virus. The CDC states, “the most important thing you can
do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.”[xv]
We are so used to taking medications—for prevention and treatment—that
it is difficult to comprehend that these modest recommendations
are really the most powerful ways to minimize the likelihood of
getting the flu.
Making the decision
You may decide to consult a physician who is schooled in
alternative medicine to assess a variety of options for you and
your family. What is most important, in the end, is to become as
informed as possible regarding your options for keeping healthy
and avoiding the flu.
[i] Sabin, Russel and Reynolds. Breakdowns Mar Flu Shot
Program Production, distribution delays raise fears of nation vulnerable
to epidemic. San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 25, 2001
[ii] Charles River Laboratories, A Laboratory Animal Health Monitoring
Program: Rationale and Development,' (Winter 1990); Source: Internet
[iii] Institute of Medicine Press Release: Federal Guidelines Needed
to Ensure Safety in Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants. July 17,
[iv]CBS: The Associated Press. CDC Says Flu Season Is Going Strong
in Parts of U.S., Vaccine Doesn't Match Strain Doctors See.
[v] MMWR. November 9, 2001 / 50(44);984-6
[vi] MMWR Nov. 9, 2001/50(44); 984-6
[vii] Hugh Fudenberg, MD, is Founder and Director of Research, Neurolmmuno
Therapeutic Research Foundation. Information from Dr. Hugh Fudenberg
came from transcribed notes of Dr. Fudenberg's speech at the NVIC
International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA September, 1997.
Quoted with permission.
[viii] The Relationship of Toxic Effects of Mercury to Exacerbation
of the Medical Condition Classified as Alzheimer’s Disease
by Boyd E. Haley, PhD.
[ix] NeuroReport, 12(4):733-737, 2001
[x] This information was stated at: http://www.testfoundation.org/
however their site has been removed.
[xi] MMWR. 2002;51[RR-3]:1-31
[xii] Package insert. Influenza Virus VaccineFluzone® 2003 –
[xiii] MMWR. 2002: 51 [RR-3], pg. 19
[xiv] All forms of refined sugar depress white blood cells' ability
to destroy bacteria. See Sanchez A, et al. Role of sugars in human
neutrophilic phagocytosis. Am J Clin Nutr 1973;26:1180.
[xv]CDC—Handwashing: An ounce of prevention keeps the germs