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There is a growing trend of people who say "Don’t take the flu shot under any circumstances. It causes multiple side effects." Is there any validity to this?

Daniel Garcia

Yes I think it’s true that people are increasingly becoming scientifically literate instead of just doing what someone else tells them to do.

It’s very possible that the flu vaccine can indeed increase the risk of getting influenza-like illness.

The problem is that people don’t read the science but instead they buy into marketing material disguised as science just like most doctors do.

High quality RCTs actually show no or little benefit following flu vaccination. It’s mostly the non-randomized, biased or industry funded junk science that shows great benefits. On the population level increased flu vaccine coverage actually correlates with increased death from influenza associated problems.

No one seems to dare to ask the question why increased influenza vaccine coverage did not decrease influenza death estimates, they seem to be growing and are higher than ever before.

If flu vaccines work so well and the population is more vaccinated than ever before in history why are more people dying from the flu and why do we believe that influenza vaccination can solve the problem?

Here is how the influenza vaccine could cause the flu.

What we call flu, is not a single virus but it can be hundreds of different viruses that circulate during the flu season. That’s why no vaccine will ever prevent the flu because what people believe to be the flu isn’t a single virus.

The vaccine can, assuming that it even works(in many years it’s supposed to be barely effective) only protect against some influenza viruses not against hundreds of other viruses that can cause equally serious illness.

It’s a brilliant marketing strategy to pretend a single virus that is targeted by the product that you are selling has the monopoly on everything bad that can happen to you in the winter season.

It’s also brilliant to market the influenza virus as the only real and serious infection while pretending the impact of other viruses that you don’t have commercial products for is negligible.

It’s possible that while vaccinations increase your immune response against a few selected viruses or strains they decrease your immune response against other viruses that can cause flu-like illness[1]

This would be like a pill that will decrease your risk of getting a headache while increasing your risk of a migraine attack.

On paper it might look very effective, in the real world people will be worse off than without the pill.


[1] Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine

From James:

The flu vaccines are not double blind tested. Flu is constantly mutating so the vaccine rarely addresses the latest version. Also, the package insert advises that the flu vaccine has not been tested for safety in pregnant women and fetuses. Around 44% of flu vaccines administered contain Thimerosol, a mercury preservative . The flu vaccines contain: squalene, polysorbate 80, sorbitan trioleate, sodium citrate dehydrate, citric acid monohydrate, neomycin, kanamycin, barium, egg proteins, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, ovalbumin, gentamicin sulfate, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).

The best way to prevent flu is to supplement vitamin D during the dark months.


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