I do not disagree with the usefulness of influenza vaccination – especially in vulnerable populations and for healthcare providers.
I do disagree with getting ‘flu shots’. Strongly.
Flu shots provide very limited protection when viruses have changed slightly – and that’s basically what the influenza viruses do for a living.
They also give short term protection that blocks the formation of long term immunity to strains that might become much more dangerous with a very slight mutation that your immune system would accomodate if it had been exposed to and reacted to the entire virus.
So, I suggest getting FluMist – the nasal vaccine – instead of the shot.
If I can’t get a dose of FluMist I intend to get the flu instead of getting the shot.. That’s how strongly I feel about the future immunity issue.
And, as you listen to those endless public service announcements about the Flu Season and getting protected with a shot, I would like you to ask yourself if those who are paying for those advertisements really care about you, or making sure the vaccine manufacturers stay in business.
Anyway, that’s my two cents worth.
You can read more about my opinion at – Flu Shots – Set Up For Pandemic Death? Try FluMist™ Instead.
For those who are concerned about the toxicity of the various flu vaccines I’m going to provide a link to this web page.
The only comment I will make, as I really haven’t had a chance to think about the data provided, is that how much of something is the important consideration. Some of the ingredients listed don’t cause me a lot of concern for adults. However, it is my opinion that there are some things that probably should never be given to people – especially children and pregnant women.
Remember, I’m a pharmacist – not a physician – and crazy as a loon. Talk it over with your Doc. Then make an informed decision. Pharmacists Pharmacist and Physicians Physician.