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Before You Get the Flu Shot, Read This

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Flu Shots Here Flu shots! Flu shots! Get your flu shots here! Lately I’ve been seeing signs all over the place encouraging me to take advantage of a free or discounted seasonal flu vaccination. Thanks, but no thanks! I’m not interested in subjecting myself to a vaccine with unknown efficacy and known potential side effects including, but not limited to, permanent neurological damage and autoimmune diseases — even if it is free.

I believe that for all but certain special populations, the documented risks of getting a seasonal far outweigh the benefits. Although my position on vaccination is becoming more and more common, I know that it’s still highly controversial, and flies in the face of what most of us have been taught from birth about .

I understand the arguments on the other side, and I think that everyone is entitled to their beliefs. But even more than that, I think that individuals (or their parents or caretakers) should be able to make informed decisions about whether or not a particular vaccine is appropriate for them. The debate surrounding the HPV vaccine has brought the issue of “informed consent” as it relates to vaccination to the forefront of recent political discussions.

The American Medical Association defines informed consent as “a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.”The information communicated includes the risks and benefits, the alternatives, the risks and benefits of the alternatives, and the risk and benefits of forgoing the intervention altogether.

The fact is that in the case of the seasonal flu shot, as with the HPV vaccine, patients and parents are not receiving all of the information they need to make an informed decision about whether or not to receive the vaccination. And unfortunately, you can’t rely on the government to provide complete, unbiased information about vaccines, or for that matter, anything else for which the profits of big business (in this case ) are at stake. The CDC trivializes the potential adverse reactions and overstates the benefits associated with getting a flu shot, which ensures plenty of repeat customers for the vaccine manufacturers.

So, if you’re thinking about taking your local drugstore, health department, etc. up on its offer of a free flu shot, I hope that you’ll at least spend a little time perusing the vast amount of information available for free online about the potential risks and side effects of vaccines so that YOU can make an informed decision. Here are some good resources:

National Vaccine Information Center
VaccineEthics.org
World Association for Vaccine Education
SafeMinds

Or maybe just watch this video about how flu shots are made:

 

Perhaps the most convincing reason of all for not getting the seasonal flu shot is that there is limited proof that it’s even effective. There are, however, plenty of things you can do now to prepare your immune system for . Here is just a quick list. (Click on the links to read more.)

 


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Article updated on: January 18th, 2013

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9 Responses to “ Before You Get the Flu Shot, Read This ”

  1. Lisa Heinonen on October 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Attention People

  2. Wesley on October 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    I would never get a flu shot. I can’t tell you how many people I know who developed flu-like symptoms from it (like this is a big improvement?) then went on to get a DIFFERENT strain of flu! It’s a total scam.

  3. Ralph Skipper on October 15, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    My brother got the flu shot last year, the one with the swine flu vaccine mixed in with it. One week later he lost all sense of taste. After I read that this had been a well documented side effect in Europe, I urged him to contact the company that made the vaccine. They basically blew him off. His doctor told him there was no relation to the flu shot he was given, yet after countless tests could offer no explanation or solution. One year later, his taste if finally coming back. He’s skipping the flu shot this year, thankfully. 

  4. Ralph Skipper on October 15, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    My brother got the flu shot last year, the one with the swine flu vaccine mixed in with it. One week later he lost all sense of taste. After I read that this had been a well documented side effect in Europe, I urged him to contact the company that made the vaccine. They basically blew him off. His doctor told him there was no relation to the flu shot he was given, yet after countless tests could offer no explanation or solution. One year later, his taste if finally coming back. He’s skipping the flu shot this year, thankfully. 

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