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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Flu shots, shingles vaccine, meningitis vaccine...

Had I had my kids today, now that I am wiser and older and have stopped trusting our Government, neither would be vaccinated.

However, I was a young and trusting Mom when I had my girls. Despite some bad reactions that I was reassured were perfectly normal I never questioned whether they were safe.

Frankly, I don't know whether they are safe for you or not. That is your business. Too much research out there indicates they aren't what I thought they were.

We don't do flu,shingles, pneumonia, meningitis, so steer clear of us.

I read on the CDC website that immune compromised individuals have a higher failure rate of the vaccine. So, why encourage the immune compromised to get the shot if it is likely to fail? I don't understand that logic at all.
Cut and Copied from the CDC website:

A person may be exposed to an influenza virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. There are many different influenza viruses that circulate every year. The flu shot protects against the 3 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Unfortunately, some people can remain unprotected from flu despite getting the vaccine. This is more likely to occur among people that have weakened immune systems.

I also read these little headers;

A recent study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.

A study published in the Lancet just two months ago found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. Vaccination coverage among the elderly increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now, yet there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza or pneumonia.
That Lancet study supports a similar study done five years ago, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that vaccination against pneumonia does not reduce your risk of contracting the disease.

Research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine last month also confirms that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now.

Last year, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: “We conclude that frailty selection bias and use of non-specific endpoints such as all-cause mortality have led cohort studies to greatly exaggerate vaccine benefits.”

A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

We also consider that the flu vaccine only covers A,B,C(this year is identical to last year). There are hundreds of subtypes of the flu that the flu shot will not protect you from.

Now the big question, can the flu shot cause harm? Not sure, but from vitamins to vaccines we avoid things that don't have value for us, and the flu shot doesn't have enough proven value.

Even if you get the flu shot religiously, not everyone will develop antibodies(titer) to what it is supposed to protect you from... In fact despite multiple attempts the military could not get my husband to develop the proper levels to any of his vaccines. Who knows who is walking around protected or not.. We have thousands upon thousands of illegal aliens come into our Country- they are likely not immunized. We have thousands upon thousands of tourists who could very likely not be immunized. Who is touching your food at the restaurant? Or the silverware? Who is stacking the fruit at the grocery store or touching your cart? Who touched the faucets before you in the public bathrooms? You simply cannot depend on a shot to protect you.

So even if everyone I knew got the shot, 1)they still can get the hundreds of other strains of the flu and share with me. 2) The vaccine might not have "taken." So they can still get the A,B, or C strain and give it to me. 3) Any time I am out in public any number of illegal aliens,tourists,those who did not titer,and those who did not get the shot, might sneeze on me or my Hubby or the girls..and get the flu anyway. Based, on the CDC, odds are if Abby got it, it would not "take." Odds are since my hubby never titered after multiple attempts by the military to keep him fully vaccinated a flu shot probably would not take for him either.

The same Drs. who scream about making sure you get that flu shot, are the same ones who tell parents that it is so important to expose your little ones to every virus in the preschool and daycare and public school to help build their immune system. So which is it? Block or expose?

So pointless and needless expense and possible risk for "us". We don't gamble with Abby's health. Get a good night sleep, good nutrition, soap and water hand washing. Good hydration. When we worry about the flu, we keep Abby home, we change our clothes at the door, and wash our hands. We wash our produce, we don't eat take out, we don't eat out. We avoid the Drs. offices like the plague,when we have to go in we take the first morning appt and get out fast! Abby hasn't had the flu or if she has our theory of chicken soup, hand washing and rest has been enough. Considering the failure rate, we trust soap and water, rest,avoidance more then a shot- but hey, we are old fashioned. If you think it works go for it! Not for us though. So, now you know to avoid us, but who else is roaming around your school,hospital,restaurants,business,retail carrying and spreading 1 or more then 1 of hundreds of variants of the flu? Last time I checked they had a surplus of the flu vaccine, the border has thousands of illegals crossing each day, and tourism is alive and well.


Kristy Williams said...

This is a topic close to home for us. We aren't anti-vaccine per se, but we have been very selective. The part that I find incomprehensible is how hard it is to find a peditrician that will agree to take my kids on as patients.

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