Every fall, the flu madness begins. “Get the flu shot!” they tell us. We see it on billboards, in our grocery stores, on the nightly news, and even in our children’s schools.
Every year it’s the same story: “This is the worst flu season yet!” The nightly news is filled with worst case scenarios, and the message is drilled into our heads, “You need a flu shot!”
Shortly after the hype, the outbreaks begin. Each and every time.
What many don’t realize is that everything they see on the media and the websites and from the healthcare industry is a carefully devised plan to increase vaccination and the profits of the pharmaceutical companies. There is actually a specific “recipe” they follow in order to create a sense of urgency so that more and more will comply (1). Here is a screenshot of one of the slides from the presentation.
Fear is a powerful motivator, but should it be enough to get us all to roll up our sleeves? Not necessarily. I suggest you turn off the propaganda and take a closer look at the facts. Here are some things you’ll want to consider before lining up at your neighborhood pharmacy.
What exactly is the flu?
What we call “the flu” is a contagious respiratory infection that is caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include fever or aches, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. According to the CDC, “Most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than two weeks,” but some may develop life-threatening complications that may result in death (2). It’s important to understand what the flu actually is in order to make sense of the facts and propaganda surrounding it all.
How dangerous is the flu?
The reported flu deaths for 2017-2018 was said to be “about 80,000” for the United States alone. This is the number that you’ll hear over and over again as the flu season progresses, but is this number really accurate? No, it’s not.
You see, the CDC does not have a standardized system for accurately assessing actual deaths by influenza viruses and so, supposed “estimations” are made based on related symptoms. These related symptoms include all respiratory and circulatory cases along with all pneumonia and influenza cases.
Although respiratory and pneumonia cases can be attributed to the influenza virus, there are multiple other viruses and bacteria and even medications that can render the same outcome. Nevertheless, for reporting purposes, these are all lumped together as “flu deaths,” even though they may have been caused by a non-influenza virus or bacteria (3).
To put this in perspective, in 2001, the CDC announced that there were 62,034 “flu-related” deaths. These deaths all fell under the umbrella of “the flu,” but only 257 were actually caused by the flu, and of those, only 18 were positively identified as the flu virus (4). To clarify, actual flu deaths are often in the hundreds or lower thousands, not the tens of thousands.
The reality is that actual flu deaths have been lower in more recent years than in the 1980’s. The highest number of actual flu deaths in the past 20 years occurred in 2009, and that number fell at 2,918 deaths, nowhere near the thousands upon thousands of deaths you hear about on the nightly news (5).
Unfortunately, the current system makes it difficult to truly assess the risk of death from the actual flu, but you need to know that the majority of what you’re told is just hype, manipulation, and good marketing (6).
How effective is the flu vaccine at preventing the flu?
The influenza vaccine is the recommendation we hear across the media for the prevention of the flu. We are told that getting the vaccine will reduce the incidence of the flu or prevent it all together. We’ve also been told that you CANNOT get the flu from the vaccine. But is all this true?
What you need to understand is that there are multiple influenza viruses. Experts make educated guesses when it comes to predicting which ones will be virulent in the upcoming season. These viruses are then used in vaccines to prevent infection from the 3-4 specific strains.
In 2017-2018 season, reports showed that the flu vaccine was only about 10% effective at preventing the flu and only about 30-60% in previous seasons (7). A recent study, however, tested the influenza vaccine against a true placebo and found it to be no more effective at preventing the flu than the placebo (8)! This has been confirmed in multiple studies and observations (9, 10).
What was also discovered was that not only did the flu shot NOT protect from the flu, it INCREASED the risk of acquiring an infectious non-influenza respiratory infection by 5.5 times (11)! This means that those vaccinated often ended up with a respiratory illness that very much resembled the flu and was capable of causing similar life-threatening complications and death. It was just caused by a different virus.
Another study found that vaccinated children had a threefold increase in hospitalizations for non-influenza respiratory viruses following flu vaccination (12). These situations can occur because the flu vaccine trains the body to form an attack for the specific strains in the vaccine, leaving it “untrained” to deal with more pandemic viruses (13). This is called heterologous immunity, and contrary to popular belief, if does not lessen the severity of subsequent infections from other strains (14).
This is why so many people get sick following flu vaccination. Sadly, they’ve been told that their sickness would have been so much worse had they not been vaccinated. What they need to understand, however, is that the vaccine itself most likely caused them to get the “flu-like” infection.
If life-threatening complications and death had occurred, this would have then been considered a “flu death” and would have been added to the scary number used to promote further vaccination. In other words, yes, you can get what the experts consider the flu after flu vaccination. They just won’t call it “the flu” . . . unless you die.
And so, it begs the question: if people aren’t dying from the actual flu but from “flu-like” illnesses called “the flu,” should we really be pushing a vaccine that increases the risk of acquiring a “flu-like” illness? And why is it that the more we vaccinate, the more people die from these “flu-like” illnesses? Shouldn’t we be seeing the numbers of flu-related deaths come down as the number of flu vaccine doses goes up? Sadly, that is not the case.
Doesn’t the flu shot prevent flu deaths in children?
On the CDC website and across the mainstream media, you will hear that 80% of child-related flu deaths were among unvaccinated children. I scoured the CDC site and was unable to find a link to back up this claim. What I was able to find, however, was a study done in 2017 that found a percentage of 65% (15).
So, how can a flu vaccine that does not necessarily prevent the flu actually save children from dying from the flu? It’s most likely another biased study meant to create alarm and flu vaccine uptake (16).
I took a closer look at the study and found that 358 childhood deaths were referenced in the study over a four-year period. Ten infants were excluded from the cohort without explanation along with 7 additional children who died within 14 days of receiving the flu shot. Could these children have been infected with a different flu strain or a non-influenza virus as a result of receiving the flu shot?
I also found that the unvaccinated children were not necessarily unvaccinated. The term “unvaccinated” simply meant that they had not received the flu shot in that particular flu season. This is important to note because they could have been completely up to date on all of the other vaccines and even received flu shots in the previous years.
Could this have been the reason why they fell more severely ill to the flu? Does this mean that an annual flu shot is required in order to have any form of “protection” from death? And if so, why did some vaccinated children die as well?
There were other questions that came to mind. What treatments did they receive for the flu? Were antiviral medications used? Could some have died as a result of an adverse reaction to these medications? There were multiple variables that could have made a difference in the outcomes; the flu shot was not an isolated control. It would also be interesting to see what the results would have been if the researchers had selected a different four-year span.
I finally decided to look at the annual statistics to see if the numbers shifted to “flu and pneumonia” deaths rather than specific flu deaths. What I found was a small rise and fall in the number of pediatric deaths, but a steady rise in flu doses given.
From 2005-2016, flu vaccine uptake went from 57 million in the U.S. to over 140 million doses. During that time, childhood deaths for flu and pneumonia in ages 1-14 varied from 216 in 2005, to 374 in 2009, to 230 in 2011, and 207 in 2014 (17). Did all of those extra doses of the flu vaccine really have an impact on reducing childhood mortality associated with the flu? You be the judge.
Does the flu vaccine offer “herd immunity” protection for the immune-compromised?
When vaccination rates wane, the first argument we often hear is that we should vaccinate for those who are too ill or too young to be protected. The idea of herd immunity, however, refers to natural immunity, not artificial stimulation of the immune system as is done with vaccination.
What also needs to be understood is that live-virus vaccines, such as the FluMist, which was recently reinstated in 2018, shed the virus for up to 28 days after vaccination. (See chart below.) During this time of shedding, infection can be transmitted unto others at an estimated rate of 2-3%. Actual transmission of infection is unknown (18).
Many also don’t realize that when they are vaccinated and become ill with the flu, they excrete up to 6.3 times more of the infectious virus via aerosols than the unvaccinated. These aerosols are released by breathing alone and can remain suspended in the air for an extended amount of time, causing others to be infected (19,20).
The truth is that those vaccinated for the flu can pose more of a threat to those who are immune-compromised than those who are unvaccinated and stay home when sick. Proper precautions should be made when ill, especially following vaccination, or after receiving the FluMist vaccine in order to prevent the spread of infection unto others.
Is the flu vaccine safe?
The mainstream media often tells us that the flu vaccine is safe. We’re told that it’s just a little prick that offers a whole lot of benefits to ourselves and others. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Each quarter of the year, the Department of Justice releases a report of government payouts to those injured and killed by vaccines. The flu shot often leads the way in compensated claims. The most common compensated adverse events include SIRVA (Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration) and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (21).
Thousands of reports of injuries (and deaths) can also be found on VAERS, the Vaccine Adverse Event Registration System. It is important to note that only 1-10% of all reports are ever filed, so you will need to multiply what has actually been reported in order to get a better representation of risks associated with the flu shot.
If you search the web, you will find thousands more testimonials of injuries and deaths following flu vaccination. These stories rarely get shared by the media due to financial conflicts, so you will need to seek them out to find the truth.
You’ll also want to know that critical populations can also be at greater risk of an adverse event. A recent study found the elderly to be at greater risk of death following the flu shot (22). An increased rate of spontaneous abortions and fetal deaths were also observed when pregnant women were vaccinated with the flu vaccine (23). If you are pregnant, you need to know that no safety studies have been done on pregnant women by the vaccine manufacturers. This can be found in section 8.1 of the vaccine inserts (24). When your OBGYN tells you that the flu shot is safe in pregnancy, the truth is that they really don’t know.
Aren’t flu vaccine ingredients safe?
Other concerns that pose a risk to those vaccinated are the ingredients found in the vaccines themselves, including carcinogens and heavy metals. For example, most multi-dose flu shots contain thimerosal, which is made up of ethylmercury, one of the most toxic substances known to man (25). This type of mercury has been found to accumulate in the brains of primates as inorganic mercury (26).
To put this in perspective, the “safe” amount of mercury allowed in drinking water is up to 2 ppb (parts per billion). The amount found in a single dose of the flu vaccine can include up to 50,000 ppb! Because this is injected rather then ingested, this poses a greater risk to the body and can lead to numerous health complications over time, including Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no safe amount of injectable mercury, and no one knows what the consequences will be of injecting it into our pregnant mothers, 6 month-old infants, and every year thereafter over a lifetime.
Are you willing to be a part of the experiment?
What will you do?
So let’s put this all together.
If you get the flu shot each year for the rest of your life, you probably will not be protected from the flu and will have an increased risk of getting a flu-like respiratory illness each and every year. You will also take on the risk of suffering from a mild to severe adverse reaction and increasing the cumulative load of heavy metal and carcinogenic toxicity.
If you don’t get the flu shot, you risk getting the flu or a non-influenza respiratory illness from someone who is infected or vaccinated with the FluMist vaccine. But you also have the option of building your immune system naturally with homeopathy, essential oils, nutrition, and supplementation in order to prevent and treat the flu.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to filter through the hype and facts in order to determine if the benefits outweigh the risks of vaccination. Click on the links and references below for more information. (This should be done for each and every “recommended” vaccine.)
For you see, every fall, you will be told to get the flu shot. Every year, you will most likely be told that it’s the “worst” flu season yet, despite higher rates of vaccine doses given. And every year, the “recipe” of fear campaigns will run rampant.
What will you do?
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