Year after year we get the same question: “Should I get the flu shot?” And according to experts, this year’s flu season is going to be a whopper.(1)
The topic of whether to vaccinate is a loaded one and not what we’ll be tackling in its entirety today.
Rather, we will present the cold hard facts on why the standard medical answers to preventing and fighting the flu, the flu shot and Tamiflu®, are highly ineffective at preventing and treating the flu.
No, this is not an opinion piece inspired by a quest to make you reject all-things-pharmaceutical. The truth is, drugs and vaccines can, have, and do save lives.
My goal in providing this information is simply to present the facts and let you make your own choice from there.
Let’s get down to it, shall we?
Why the Flu Shot Just Doesn’t Make Sense
While opinions and debates run hot on this topic, there are three main factual reasons the flu shot doesn’t make sense.
#1: The Flu Shot is Historically Ineffective
Granted this isn’t breaking news, but do you know why the flu shot is ineffective? Most people don’t know the whole story.
First, it takes 4 months to grow the virus in chicken eggs for vaccination production.
Therefore, a panel of experts
#2: The Flu Shot Is Not As Safe As You Think
One of the big myths about all pharmaceuticals, including vaccinations, is that they must be safe for everyone.
And that’s partly true, they do have to pass rigorous safety studies to be FDA-approved. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have side-effects, and the flu shot is no exception.
Per the CDC’s website(3),
#3: The Flu Shot Contains a Mercury-Based Preservative
Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative that has been used in vaccinations for decades.
However, in 1999 it was quietly recommended thimerosal be removed from nearly all vaccinations to reduce infant exposure to mercury…
…except it’s still used in various forms of the flu shot.
Though there is officially no known safe level of exposure to mercury(4), the FDA never admitted
Now, Let’s Look at Why Tamiflu Is Ineffective
So, let’s say you skip the flu shot (or not) and wind up with a whopping case of the flu.
Aches, pains, fever, nausea, headaches…the whole nine yards.
Given the misery of your current state, you may be tempted to call your doctor for a dose of Tamiflu.
However, based on the following facts you may wish to reconsider.
- Like the flu shot, Tamiflu has an insufficient effectiveness track record.
- It’s prohibitively expensive.
- The potential side-effects are downright disturbing.
Let’s break down these facts on Tamiflu
It’s rarely effective
Like the flu shot, Tamiflu has been elevated to miracle-like status even though it’s one of the most ineffective antiviral drugs out there.
It’s prohibitively expensive
A typical round of Tamiflu can set you back over $100.00 (and no refunds folks!).
The disturbing side effects, according to the FDA, include:
- Nose bleeds
And then there’s the less-common, lesser-known side effects
Despite the bleak state of medical solutions to the flu, the good news is there are loads of proven ways you can effectively address colds and flu using natural medicine.
To learn more, check out our previous posts:
Stay healthy and happy!
1: “Why the Vaccine May Not Help Against the Flu Virus This Year.” Time, Time, time.com/5068553/this-years-flu-virus-could-be-worse-than-usual/.
2: Dwyer, Dialynn. “Q&A: Why the Flu Vaccine Isn’t Always Effective.” Boston.com, The Boston Globe, 7 Dec. 2017, www.boston.com/news/national-news/2017/12/07/flu-vaccine-effectiveness-for-2017-2018-season.
3: “Influenza (Flu).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 Oct. 2017, www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/general.htm.
4: Bose-O’Reilly, Stephan, et al. “Mercury Exposure and Children’s Health.” Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096006/.
5: “Tamiflu: Major Report Claims Drug Is ‘Ineffective’.” BBC News, BBC, 10 Apr. 2014, www.bbc.com/news/av/health-26969811/tamiflu-major-report-claims-drug-is-ineffective.
6: DeNoon, Daniel J. “Does Tamiflu Work? Questions Continue.” WebMD, WebMD, 14 Nov. 2012, www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20121114/does-tamiflu-work-questions-continue#1.
7: Maxwell, Simon R J. “Tamiflu and Neuropsychiatric Disturbance in Adolescents.” BMJ : British Medical Journal, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd., 16 June 2007, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892497/.