A Shot in the Dark
It’s that time of year again where flu shot hysteria is in full force. I can’t go shopping anywhere without someone wanting to stick a needle in my arm! Nevertheless, I do not want to make decisions for you, but I do feel a responsibility to share my knowledge so that you can make informed decisions for yourself. The more you know, the better your decisions become. Ready? Let’s go.
DO FLU SHOTS REALLY WORK?
This picture is from an actual flu shot label this year. If you read under the heading indications and usage, you’ll notice that it says “There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with flulaval.” WHAT?! How can any form of medication make it to market without sufficient (or any) research demonstrating effectiveness? If it is not effective, why risk the complication of life-altering side effects like cheerleader Desiree Jennings?
WHAT IS THE RISK?
Here is brand new research out of Germany (Sept 2011) demonstrating that vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children. The KIGGS in blue represent disease instances in vaccinated children versus the red representing unvaccinated children. It appears that vaccinated children are significantly more likely to develop health challenges. Also, over 99% of the parents who chose to completely unvaccinate their children were happy with their decision.
Is it due to the vaccine ingredients, including thimerosal/mercury? Is it because children now have 49 doses of 14 vaccines before age six? Is it right of us to think that our bodies cannot survive healthily without constant injections of viruses directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the first line of defense, our skin? There are many questions to be asked that would lead to philosophic and scientific opposition to vaccination. In fact, in health care, the quality of the questions you ask will greatly impact your quality of life (you have to ask the right questions to get the right answers). Here are nine questions you can ask your doctor if you are unsure of vaccination.
If you need reassurance, Dr. Françoise Berthoud, MD (pediatrician) says it best in his treatise The Marvelous Health of Unvaccinated Children. I know this has been a very hot topic the last few years, and it is impossible to cover it all here. The purpose of this post is to make you ask questions. Many believe that vaccination is not an option, but you always have the freedom to choose what goes into your body. If you need help with an exemption or want further information, leave me a comment and we can continue the discussion. I will leave you with some resources that can further your study.
The Truth About Vaccines – ingredients and reactions
About Cole Bradburn
I'm a writer and doctor in lifelong pursuit of health, happiness, and adventure. I currently live in Raleigh, NC with the love of my life and our amazing boys.