Have you ever wondered if getting the flu vaccine really works? To answer this, it helps to know some information about the vaccine itself. In 1938 Jonas Salk and Thomas Francis made the first vaccine to fight against flu viruses. It was designed to protect the U.S.
military against the flu that was a serious problem during World War II. Later, Jonas used his knowledge of the influenza vaccine to create the polio vaccine. Today, according to Wikipedia, “The World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend yearly vaccination for almost all people over the age of six months.
” They specifically suggest those at high risk who are elderly, pregnant women, and kids between six months and five years of age. Unfortunately, there is well documented evidence that points to negative side affects and risks associated with obtaining the flu vaccine. Research has shown there is substantial ineffectiveness, increased threat to groups at risk, and a healthcare system full of financial gain. Every year, an influenza vaccine is made up to 9 months in advance, based on a “guess” of what strains will be the most problematic when flu season hits.
According to Dr. Schulze, NONE of these “guesses” have ever been accurate to what strains arrived the following season. This is because the flu viruses are constantly mutating and changing. Another doctor (Dr. Schaffner Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt University and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America) also predicts that the 2018 vaccine will likely be only 10% effective. Overall, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, flu vaccine effectiveness ranges from as little as 10% in 2004/5, up to 60% in 2010. This includes only those who were vaccinated and doesn’t account for any side affects that they may have encountered.
In addition to their ineffectiveness, flu vaccines introduce live virus to the body, and pose an increased threat to those who may have a compromised immune system. This reduces the body’s ability to fight off viruses, therefore increasing a person’s susceptibility to the flu, pneumonia, and other contagious illnesses. In other words, by getting a flu vaccine you’re potentially decreasing your body’s ability to fight off other germs. According to Dr. Schulze they also use very dangerous materials as preservatives to keep the vaccines from expiring. These include ethylene-glycol, carbolic acid, mercury, and aluminum. In the current American Healthcare system, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are able to make billions of dollars from successful sale of these medications. According to a recent article on CNBC news, this year approximately 171-179 million doses of the flu shot will be given to patients, with a revenue amounting to $1.
61 billion, of which only three pharmaceutical companies are competing. Another noteworthy issue involving our doctors and clinics, is that some insurance companies give a yearly bonus for having high quality of care scores. For this quality of care score to apply, the patients must be vaccinated. A physician/clinic who excepts too many unvaccinated patients, stands to lose thousands of dollars each year. The results are that there is a lot more pressure on healthcare workers and parents with children to be vaccinated. In one instance, 50 employees of a mid-western healthcare system were fired for refusing the flu vaccine. Different studies have revealed that the overuse of the flu shot with other medications such as Relenza and Tamiflu, can make the virus change and become more dangerous.
With all of this information, it would appear contrary to put yourself or anyone else at risk knowing the ineffectiveness and potential side affects of the flu vaccine. Finally, we have learned that the flu vaccine is extremely unreliable, potentially harmful to people at risk, and has promoted a financial incentive for many in the healthcare system (doctors, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory agencies). So in the end, one must ask himself, does the flu vaccine really reduce susceptibility to the flu, or could it be leading to greater risks?