8 Things Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About the Flu Shot

It’s that time of year. We’re smack dab in the midst of flu pandemonium. Flu shot propaganda is FULL force. Instead of going over all the glowing accolades heaped upon the flu vaccine, I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you what you NEED to know about it in order to make an informed decision regarding whether or not it’s a good choice for you and your family. Information that, unfortunately, fails to get disclosed to the public.

  1. The flu vaccine is essentially a brand new, experimental vaccine each and every year.Dr. Mark Geier is very pro-vaccine. He is well respected, has worked with the FDA, and most notably was a member of the 4 person team that replaced the unsafe DTP vaccine with the somewhat safer version that we have today (DtaP). Yet, even Dr. Geier can’t get behind the flu vaccine. He explains in the video below that, by law, vaccines must have two double blind field trials in order to show efficacy and long term safety. However, the flu vaccine is reformulated each and every year in order to anticipate the flu strains that will be prevalent in a given season. Geier points out that it is impossible to test for efficacy (how can you test a strain that hasn’t come yet?) or long term safety (manufacturers have approximately 2 weeks to test safety) when rushing a vaccine to market each year. Geier notes that, by law, vaccines that have not (or in the case of the flu shot) cannot be adequately safety tested, must be disclosed to the public as “experimental.” This is not happening.

  1. The flu vaccine still contains mercury (thimerosol).Most everyone remembers the big uproar about mercury in vaccines. While some people maintain that mercury in vaccines is not a problem, I’ll list a few statistics from the National Vaccine Information Center:
    • .5 ppb (parts per billion) mercury = kills human neuroblastoma cells (Parran et al., Toxicol Sci 2005; 86:132-140).
    • 2 ppb mercury = US EPA limit for drinking water
    • 20 ppb mercury = Neurite membrane structure destroyed (Leong et al., Neuroreport 2001; 12:733-37)
    • 200 ppb = level in liquid the EPA classifies as hazardous waste
    • 50,000 ppb mercury = current “preservative” level mercury in multi- dose flu (94% of supply), meningococcal and tetanus (7 and older) vaccines. This can be confirmed by simply analyzing the multi-dose vials.Vaccine manufacturers began removing mercury in vaccines in 2000. Single dose flu vaccines are advertised as “mercury free,” however it should be noted that they still contain “trace amounts” of mercury. Other than that, they are completely identical to the multi-dose vials. They are NOT “free of harmful ingredients” as I have heard some individuals (even nurses) erroneously claim.
  1. The flu vaccine is rarely over 50% effective any given year. This year (2017-18 season) it is particularly poor-performing- estimated at only 10% effective.

Here’s a CDC graph of flu vaccine efficacy over the years. First, I love how this graph is even a little visually deceptive since the top attainable effectiveness percentage is only 70% rather than 100% (which most people just taking a glance at the graph would assume). Other than that, note that the flu shot has failed to surpass the odds of a coin flip in 9 out of 13 years. Three of those years it failed to surpass 21% efficacy. Based on this year’s abysmal efficacy in Australia, the efficacy in the US this year is estimated to be a whopping 10%. Stated another way- 90% of individuals who receive the flu shot, will receive no protection against the flu.

  1. The flu shot can have some very serious side effects, which are almost NEVER mentioned.While the benefits of the flu shot are touted ad nauseam, the risks are seldom deemed worth mentioning. A quick look at the flu vaccine pkg insert is quite eye opening. Please note: the screenshots below are for the Fluarix Quadrivalent vaccine:

Notice first, the immediate mention of Guillain Barre Syndrome under the title “Warnings and Precautions.” The CDC defines Guillain Barre Syndrome as, “a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that usually last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have long-term nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing.”

While admitting that the 1976 flu vaccine caused an 8 fold increased risk of GBS (cause yet undetermined), the CDC claims that subsequent flu shots have not been adequately causatively related to GBS.

While, the CDC uses the word “rare” frequently in their discussion of GBS, this doesn’t seem to reflect real world experience. Just this week, in my hometown, a healthy 19 year old contracted GBS most likely due to a flu vaccine. The screenshots of the Facebook post are below- names are blacked out for privacy.

In the comments below this woman’s post, I have counted no less than 7 individuals stating that they either knew someone or had themselves contracted GBS from the flu shot. (Not my definition of rare.) This is not surprising at all, since by the CDC’s own admission, the VAERS system that they rely on to track vaccine adverse events is inefficient in collecting this data. According to my research for a separate article on the inadequacy of the VAERS system in tracking adverse vaccine events, the VAERS system is estimated to underreport vaccine injury by a whopping 90%. Let that sink in a moment.

Now direct your attention at the list of side effects from the flu vaccine: malaise, drowsiness, appetite loss, myalgia, vomiting, and fever. Basically, the side effects of the flu shot, are feeling as if you have… the flu…

Note all of the serious conditions listed under the “Postmarketing Experience” heading:

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to believe I’d be better off taking my chances with the flu!

Finally (and arguably most disturbing):

Even though the CDC recommends the flu vaccine to pregnant mothers and the flu vaccine is heavily marketed toward them: “There are insufficient data on Fluarix Quadrivalent in pregnant women to inform vaccine- associated risks.” Restated- they cannot tell you that the flu vaccine is safe for a pregnant woman or her unborn child because they do not have safety tests. They can’t! How many pregnant women would voluntarily sign up for an experimental vaccine??

Wait a minute…check the highlighted line above, “There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to Fluarix Quadrivalent during pregnancy. Healthcare providers are encouraged to register women by calling 1-888-452-9622.” Restated- if you are currently pregnant and receive a flu vaccine on recommendation of your doctor and your doctor didn’t disclose to you that this vaccine has not been tested on pregnant women- you and your child have just become unwitting guinea pigs.

  1. The NVICP pays out more to flu vaccine victims than any other vaccine.

Most individuals aren’t aware, but vaccine manufacturers and doctors have no legal liability for damage caused to an individual by a vaccine. They were granted indemnity in the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Protection Act which was later expanded in the 2011 Supreme Court decision Bruesewitz vs Wyeth. This act created a “vaccine injury court” in which individuals injured by vaccines can file a claim in order to receive a settlement from a fund that is set aside specifically for that purpose. Every three months the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines meets and the Dept of Justice releases a report listing cases settled for vaccine injuries and deaths. In the report issued September 20, 2016 (covering 5-15-17 to 8-15-17) 83 of the 113 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine. The clip below is a portion of that list. The complete report can be accessed here, and past reports can be accessed here. As you scroll the report for the adverse effects due to the flu vaccine, notice the incidence of GBS and SIRVA.

  1. There is NOT sufficient evidence that the flu shot will lessen severity of the flu.This bit of shady information is often quoted as fact. The CDC backs this claim. However, the American Society for Microbiology states, “Individuals who have been recently vaccinated may still get infected with influenza (“vaccine failure”). Among these individuals, it is not known whether recent vaccination can attenuate the course of illness, that is, lessen the severity and/or duration of symptoms associated with influenza.”

    Upon closer investigation, the CDC is basing this claim on one study conducted in hospitalized flu patients in 2013-14 (a year when the vaccine was a good match for the strain that circulated that year), in which the lead researcher is a CDC employee, and numerous supporting researchers are employed by the Dept of Health in various states. The sample size is not listed in the study. Besides the fact that nothing can be legitimately asserted based on ONE study, can you say conflict of interest? Also, of note is the fact that this study was conducted in a year when the flu vaccine had higher than average efficacy. It cannot be stated from this study, that a poorly efficacious flu vaccine would have any affect on the severity of the flu.

  1. The flu death statistics that are used to urge the population into flu hysteria are massively inflated.The CDC claims that there are a whopping 36,000 deaths attributable to flu and flu related complications. Incidentally, the National Vital Statistics System in the US disagrees. Even Huffington Post calls the CDC out on this one, and that’s saying a lot! They write, “for example, annual flu deaths in 2010 amounted to just 500 per year- fewer than deaths from ulcers (2,977), hernias (1,832), and pregnancy and childbirth (825), and a far cry from the big killer such as heart disease (597,689) and cancers (574,743).” They further note than even this number could be exaggerated, “Only about 15-20 per cent of people who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus- the other 80-85 per cent actually caught rhinovirus or other germs that are indistinguishable from the true flu without laboratory tests, which are rarely done. In 2001, a year in which death certificates listed 257 Americans as having died of flu, only 18 were positively identified as true flus. The other 239 were simply assumed to be flus and most likely had a few true flus among them.”

    So, how does the CDC go about inflating their numbers? They bundle together flu and pneumonia deaths. The HuffPo author writes, “Pneumonia, according to the American Lung Association, has more than 30 different causes, influenza being but one of them. The CDC itself acknowledges the slim relationship saying, ‘only a small portion of deaths…only 8.5 per cent of all pneumonia and influenza deaths [are] influenza related.”

  1. The CDC and the government incite hysteria in order to create demand for the flu vaccine and thus avoid massive monetary loss for unused flu vaccines each year.As I mentioned above, a new flu shot is manufactured each year. The FDA actually sets an expiration for each season’s flu vaccine of June 30. NBC carried this Associated Press article back in 2007 after a mild flu season led to poor flu shot sales, “more than 10 million of a record 110 million produced- will be destroyed before a new supply is guaranteed…Wasted vaccine means lost money for drug companies and one stopped making flu shots because of it- setting the stage for a flu shot shortage in 2004…After the 2002-03 season, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals had to destroy a third of the 20 million doses it produced because of low sales. The company lost about $35 million and then dropped out of the flu shot business…Doctors and VNA clinics will get a refund of taxes paid but will still lose about $10 per dose. Losses of up to $20,000 a season have caused some clinics to quit offering shots.”

    This article archived in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) library chronicles a “Seven Step Recipe” given at the 2004 National Influenza Vaccine Summit co-sponsored by the CDC and the American Medical Association, “One step of a ‘Seven- Step “Recipe” for Generating Interest in, and Demand for, Flu (or any other) Vaccination’ occurs when ‘medical experts and public health authorities publicly…state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)- and urge influenza vaccination.’…Another step entails ‘continued reports…that influenza is causing severe illness and/or affecting lots of people, helping foster the perception that many people are susceptible to a bad case of influenza.’”

Do you feel sufficiently manipulated yet?

Conclusion

This season is definitely shaping up to be a “bad” flu year and nobody likes to get the flu. At the end of the day, the choice belongs with you when it comes to whether or not getting the flu shot is a good choice for you or your children. There may be some cases in which, after evaluating the benefits and risks, getting a flu shot is the right choice. However, one thing is certain: No one is in the position to make an educated decision about the flu vaccine when its risks are censored, its benefits exaggerated, and the actual danger of the flu inflated. Creating demand by lying about flu deaths and enlisting the medical field as flu shot salesmen to avoid loss of profit for vaccine manufacturers is wrong no matter how you slice it- particularly since otherwise healthy individuals are being put at unnecessary risk for horrific adverse effects due to this flu shot scam.

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