Top 11 Reasons I Refuse to Get a Flu Shot

I recently heard an extremely ill woman comment she couldn’t figure out why she was so sick. She went on to say she had gotten a flu shot, and obviously believed that should have protected her. My research has led me to conclude otherwise. I need to confess this article is extremely long. I felt the importance of the information warranted a longer format.

I want to state very clearly that getting vaccinated is a very personal choice. I support everyone who chooses to get the vaccination, and encourage those who are undecided to do further research. I am not “anti-vaccine,” I am simply pro-research.

I am one of the people mainstream medicine insists “must” have a flu shot. I’m considered “high risk” Flu Vaccine Syringebecause I have Type 1 Diabetes and have multiple other auto-immune conditions. I do not get flu shots and never get sick. In fact, I spent the last five years working in environments where I was exposed every day to multiple people who had active flu infections. In spite of that, I never became infected and never had so much as a sniffle. Unfortunately, mainstream media and mainstream medicine use a wide variety of scare tactics to convince people they will become sick if they are not vaccinated. Nothing could be further from the truth. Following are my top eleven reasons for not getting a flu shot:

  1. Infection is based on lifestyle, not exposure: The belief that everyone who gets exposed to the flu becomes ill is outdated and untrue. If it were true that exposure causes illness, none of us could enter a public place without becoming ill. The truth is that our lifestyle and our body’s environment are what determine whether or not we get sick. This is why my teenagers got sick in 2008 with a nasty case of the flu, but neither my husband nor I became ill while caring for them. Their lifestyle and high-sugar eating habits lowered their body’s ability to fight the flu, while ours provided natural immunity.
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  2. Low probability of correct strains used in vaccine: There are close to 300 different strains of flu, yet each year the CDC chooses 3-5 strains of Influenza Type A and 1-2 of Influenza Type B to include in the flu vaccine. They use scientific methods to try and predict which strains will be the most prevalent each year, but they are often wrong. Additionally, flu strains constantly adapt and mutate. This means the likelihood of the CDC choosing the correct strains is less than 5%. The CDC admits: “In some years when vaccine and circulating strains were not well-matched, no vaccine effectiveness can be demonstrated in some studies, even in healthy adults. It is not possible in advance of the influenza season to predict how well the vaccine and circulating strains will be matched, and how that match may affect the degree of vaccine effectiveness.”
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  3. Those who were vaccinated have higher infection rates than those who were not: More than seven studies proved flu shots do not reduce infection rates and may actually increase them. Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in Canada , shared findings proving increased infection rates were consistently found for two years following vaccination in both humans and ferrets who received flu vaccines. These findings were true across seven different studies done on flu vaccines for 2008 and 2009. The findings agreed with statistical comparisons of over 30,000 people. The vaccines used in 2008 and 2009 are very similar to those being used today. (Ferrets are used in influenza studies because their physiology most closely mimics that of humans’ in influenza infections.)
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    It also needs to be pointed out that pediatric deaths due to flu were dropping prior to 2003. The decrease in deaths can be attributed to improved health conditions, better nutrition programs in schools and preschools, and other lifestyle improvements. Pediatric deaths caused by flu skyrocketed after the CDC insisted that all children older than six months of age receive a flu shot. The increase in death and infection rates following the CDC’s mandate is not coincidental and is too large to be ignored.
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  4. Zero science to support effectiveness of flu shots: A review of 5707 articles and 31 studies found little evidence to prove that flu vaccines actually reduce infection rates. The researchers also found that although the vaccines provided “moderate” protection some years, they provided little or no protection other years. The researchers also found that flu vaccines offer zero protection for anyone over age 65 or younger than age 7. Another group, the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group, studied 41 clinical studies and concluded the data showed flu vaccines provide zero reduction in infection or death across all age groups. The Cochrane group also studied 260,000 children between the ages of 23 months and six years and found the flu vaccine to be no more effective than a placebo at preventing illness. In 2009, many providences in Canada stopped recommending flu vaccines for anyone under 65 years of age. Their infection rates have not increased.
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    Commenting on other studies proving the ineffectiveness of flu shots, Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and Director of the Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance said, “We have overpromoted and overhyped this vaccine … It does not protect as promoted. It’s all a sales job: it’s all public relations.”
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  5. Most illnesses called the “flu” actually are not: Researchers found that only 6-8% of illnesses called “flu” were actually caused by a true flu virus. The other illnesses were caused by other viruses or bacteria, none of which would be included in a flu vaccine. Additionally, the CDC drastically increases their statistics by making the assumption that all deaths caused by pneumonia originated with a flu infection. This is simply not true. Although having the flu can increase the likelihood of a pneumonia infection in anyone with a compromised immune system, pneumonia is a bacterial infection and flu is a viral infection. Not all cases of pneumonia are caused by the flu, which means the CDC’s statistics are grossly inflated and are designed to create fear.
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  6. The “Original Antigenic Sin” Argument: This term refers to the fact that a vaccine only protects you against specific illness strains, whereas catching an illness provides immunity against that illness and against multiple others with similar chemical structures. In other words, if you get a flu shot which claims to protect you against Strains A and B, that’s all you have protection against. If you catch Strain A, you wind up with immunity against Strain A and potentially against hundreds of other flu strains which contain similar proteins. This may be why flu vaccines are virtually worthless for anyone over age 65. They have already been infected with and exposed to enough flu strains that they have naturally occurring immunity against a wide array of flu strains.
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  7. Flu vaccines suppress the immune system: The ingredients in flu vaccines stimulate the immune system to combat a few strains of flu, yet suppress it against all other viral and bacterial invaders. This is why so many people get sick with colds and other illnesses shortly after receiving the flu vaccine. Based on the other evidence shared in this post, it makes little sense to lower the body’s overall ability to fight infection by receiving a flu shot.
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  8. Increased risk of cardiac problems and oxidized cholesterol: A 2007 study found that flu vaccines cause an inflammatory response that increases the risk of cardiac problems and which also causes oxidation of the low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol). The oxidation of LDL cholesterol means that the very small cholesterol molecules capable of passing through vessel walls become oxidized, or hardened, in arteries, which directly contributes to arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and other coronary disorders. This potentially deadly effect only lasts for a maximum of fourteen days, but needs to be considered by anyone having a pre-existing cardiac condition. The inflammation can also cause a condition called “Arteritis,” in which the walls of large arteries become inflamed. Depending on the body region affected, arteritis may cause visual disturbances, headaches, jaw pain, and more. A study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that pregnant women are especially susceptible to the inflammatory effects of flu vaccines and that receiving a flu vaccine led to higher rates of pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortion, and increased complications following birth.
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  9. Toxic ingredients: Most flu vaccines contain one or all of the following –
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    –  Mercury (Thimerosol): Thimerosol is a common preservative used in vaccines. Most flu vaccines contain enough mercury from Thimerosol to be deemed toxic by the EPA if they are taken by anyone weighing less than 265 pounds. Because mercury is a powerful neurotoxin, this information should be regarded with concern by anyone weighing less than 265 pounds. Note: There are a few vials of vaccines made without Thimerosol, but they are typically saved for children and pregnant women. You have the right to request them, and definitely should if you weigh less than 265 pounds, are pregnant, or are having your child vaccinated.
    –  Adjutants: Adjutants are ingredients added to vaccines which serve to stimulate the immune system. The most common adjutant used in flu vaccines is Aluminum, a heavy metal which is associated with many neurological illnesses. Primary among the neurological illnesses associated with aluminum toxicity is Alzheimer’s.
    –  Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. When combined with aluminum (as it is in the flu vaccine and many the vaccinations), formaldehyde is known to increase the likelihood of neurological damage.
    –  Eggs: Although not directly a toxin, all flu vaccines are grown on cultures from chicken eggs. This means the vaccines could be deadly to anyone having a severe allergy to eggs. Please be aware of this. The incidence of severe allergic reactions to flu vaccines is rising at an alarming rate, largely because many of the people administrating vaccines are not trained in their side effects and are not in a facility equipped to deal with anaphylactic shock. If you choose to get a flu shot, please get it in your doctor’s office and not in your local grocery store.
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  10. Negative reactions: Flu vaccines are known to cause the following reactions, some of which are deadly and some of which can cause permanent disability: injection site reaction, fever, convulsions (especially in children), narcolepsy, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a severe paralytic auto-immune neurological condition which can result in permanent disability), allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock, increased risk of heart attack, encephalitis, neurological disorders, thrombocytopenia (a blood disorder causing low platelet counts, fatigue and potential blood loss from bruising or internal hemorrhage), and more..
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  11. Studies found Vitamin D more effective than flu shots: There is a good reason the flu only occurs during the winter months. Even in tropical climates, flu rates increase during the rainy season. The common factor? Sun exposure. Unprotected exposure to sunlight stimulates the body to produce Vitamin D. Studies conducted by John Cannell and associates found a direct connection between Vitamin D deficiencies and increased respiratory illnesses in adults and children. The studies also found that as little as 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 on a daily basis could prevent the flu and other respiratory illnesses 500% more effectively than flu vaccines. Another study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that Vitamin D deficiency caused higher infection rates of flu and other respiratory illnesses. Per Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, “The findings of our study support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu.” Vitamin D stimulates the body to produce over 300 different antimicrobial peptides which help the body combat viral and bacterial infection. My personal recommendation is that anyone living in a cold climate should take a minimum of 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 on a daily basis and should get their blood serum levels checked at least once each year. Ideal blood serum levels should be maintained between 50-80 nmol/L.
What are your thoughts about getting a flu shot? My next post will focus on effective ways to protect yourself from the flu. Please feel free to share your opinions below.
References:
 
 
Does the Vaccine Matter? – The Atlantic
 
 
Flu Vaccine Effectiveness – Centers for Disease Control
On the Epidemiology of Influenza – Journal of Virology

The vitamin D-antimicrobial peptide pathway and its role in protection against infection – Linus Pauling Institute


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Dr. Pamela Reilly is a Naturopathic Physician dedicated to helping people improve their health and eliminate symptoms using natural, integrative methods. She has over 25 years of experience and has helped men, women and children improve their health using a holistic, client-centered focus. She sees clients in Indianapolis, does house calls, and also conducts consultations via Skype or telephone. Please feel free to contact her or visit her Consultations page for more information. Dr. Pamela speaks nationwide on a wide variety of health topics and welcomes speaking invitations.

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12 Responses to Top 11 Reasons I Refuse to Get a Flu Shot

  1. JOAN says:

    DR.REILLY,
    I HAVE HAD HEALTH ILLNESSES FOR MANY YRS. IN 1998 I WAS DIOGNOSED WITH SEVERE CASE OF FIBERMYALGIA. THAN IN 2001 SEVERE IBS. AND IN 2010 GERD. AND IN 2014 I WAS DIOGNOSED WITH GASTROPARESIS. I’VE HAD THE FLU SHOT EVERY YR. TILL THIS PAST YR. I WAS TOO SICK TO GET ONE. I EXERCISE REGULARLY N EVEN GO IN A RESISTANCE POOL 2XS OR 3 DAYS A WEEK, WHEN I’M FEELING UP TO IT AND CAN WALK WITHOUT ALOT OF PAIN. I’M STARTING TO BELIEVE GETTING THE FLU SHOT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING SO ILL. I’M NOW ON DISABILITY BECAUSE I CANNOT WORK OUTSIDE OUR HOME. I’M NOT GETTING THE FLU SHOT THIS YR. EITHER. I’M BELIEVING BY NOT GETTING IT, WILL HELP REVERSE SOME OF THESE ILLNESSES.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR BLOG IN SHARING ALL THIS INFORMATION.

    MRS. DOUG ANDERSEN

  2. My 91 year old mother is in Greenwood Meadows and they have tried twice to get us to give her the flu shot. They have tried to “educate” me about the need for the flu shot. We still refuse. Someone again went into her room and tried to give her the shot and said she is the only one who has declined. If so, then the rest are all protected, correct, and the fact that she declines shouldn’t be a problem. Rick and Michael also will not be getting the shot. I have been told to not take it because of my allergy to eggs, and that it is grown on an egg culture..not that I would anyways, simply because of what we have learned about the shot and the possible side effects.

  3. Sandy Clanton says:

    This is so right wish I had time to share my story and Why I would Never get the vaccine or any other vaccine again if I knew what I know now. THANKS for getting this article out to the public. Please Continue your work as My daughter and I are now on a mission of our own. Her baby daughter was injured by vaccines more than one. She was a tiny baby and had very bad reactions and complications. Please continue to research as we are also going to continue to research and be advicates for the general public. Thanks Again for your work on this and many others.

  4. Amanda says:

    Why would I get flu shot I haven’t sence I was 16 and I even had wrist surgery at age 17. That’s another story bit still didn’t get it. The reason is my dad felt I was responsible enough to make that decision for myself to decide to get flu shot. I decidex against getting flu shot simply because it made me ill to point of throwing up for 24-48 hrs right after shot. My friend got flu shot her work insisted cuase she works with the people in nirsing home. I did not get flu shot. My friend got sick I did not. I have without it gotten sick a few times but keep in mind for yrs unknowigly was poisioning my body. I haven’t had what we reffer to as flu in nearly three years. The flu shot is not for me. I try to eat healthy but I allow myself a treat now and again. I was one of few ppl I know who didn’t get sick last winter. For me the flu shot isn’t worth after feeling. I get certian vaccines such as tentus. Flu shot makes zero sence in long run. I know certian vaccines are being given to young children when been proven a bad idea. It really is matter of deciding what is right and when for you and your family. Sometimes when nurse metions some vaccines I say I will get back to you as I need to do research.usually those are a no thanks in the end. I appreciate that my drs office and everyone their understands why I am precatious on my vaccines. I even flat up told dr when first went to that office that flu shot makes me vommit. They can ask but if they do the answer will always be no unless I go crazy.

  5. Ann Cianflone says:

    A friend of mine has an older sister in a nursing home. My friend is an RN and into alternative medicine and VERY knowledgable in health matters. Flu struck the nursing home and my friend had to approve of any vaccine shots to be given to her sister. Since she is very savvy in health matters and vaccineS, she refused to allow the nursing facility to vaccinate her sister. Guess WHAT her sister in her nineties, was the ONLY ONE IN THE NURSING HONE WHO DIDN’T GET THE FLU.!!!

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    • GWWR says:

      Thanks for sharing, Ann. Good for your friend! Those results don’t surprise me at all. Thanks again for sharing that story. Love it!

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  7. Loved the blog Pamela, I too, do not get the flu shot and I don’t get my children vaccinated either. I promote helathy diet a good quality Vitamin D3 and Cellgevity to enhance their glutathione levels.

    We stay healthy and my husband who gets the shot free at work every year gets sick to the point of staying home from work for 2-7 days each year. Just recently when the death of a high school student due to the flu was all over the news. He started to argue that we should get our children the shot. What he failed to pick up on the news broadcast was that the teen who died had gotten a flu shot.

    I will pass on the shot and do things to boost my immune system instead.

    Thanks for the great blog. Looking forward to your tips on avoiding the flu and optimizing ones immune system.

    Nurse Lynn

    • GWWR says:

      Thanks so much, Lynn. I’m currently in an environment where everyone got a flu shot, and everyone is very, very sick. It’s a very personal choice, so all you can do is make the best choice for you and share education as you’re able. I appreciate your support. Thanks much!

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