Vaccines can actually cause the flu
If you want to take a few (miserable) days off at home the flu should do the trick. But don't bother getting a sick person to cough on you -- and don't even waste your time licking doorknobs and handrails. No, there's a much easier way to get sicker than you've ever been in your life: Just get a flu shot.
That's right... the very shot that's supposed to "protect" you from the disease can actually cause it, and this isn't the latest far-out conspiracy theory.
It's cutting-edge scientific research.
Since the invention of the flu shot, people have complained about getting sick right after the poke -- and they've been ignored. But in no less than FIVE studies out of Canada, people who got the 2008-2009 flu shot were actually MORE LIKELY to get swine flu than those who didn't.
That alone should be enough to grab headlines. But it didn't -- it was dismissed as "the Canadian problem."
That's right...don't blame the shot. Blame Canada!
Well, a new study on ferrets shows this isn't a Canadian problem after all -- because animals that got the shot got sicker than animals given a placebo shot.
And last I checked, ferrets don't carry passports.
Want to know what's funny about this? The swine flu was practically a non-event. Despite the hype and the panic, very few people actually got the disease. Makes me wonder how many of the ones who did were victims of the shot rather than the swine flu itself.
But you don't have to get jabbed with the 2008-2009 vaccine to get the flu from your shot. Any old flu shot will do.
Just take a look at the common side effects: Fever, headaches, muscle pain, and more. Throw in some sniffles, and it sounds to me like the "side effects" and the flu are one in the same.
Do yourself a favor -- whether you're trying to avoid pig flu or any other flavor of the disease, skip the shot and stick to common sense. Wash your hands, be careful out in public, and take some immune-boosting vitamins.