risks of flu shots

  1. Mystery particles found in flu shots

    Flu shots recalled over floating junk

    If being injected with mystery bits of God-knows-what is your idea of excitement, then you might want to rush out and get yourself a Novartis flu shot. But you'd better act fast -- the potentially contaminated shots are already being pulled from the market around the world.

    No one knows what the little particles are. Heck I can't even tell you what they are since the company hasn't even released the information. Because of this officials can't know how they affected the quality and safety of the vaccine.

    But despite not knowing anything about these mystery particles, the company claims the shot is perfectly safe and you should roll up your sleeve for it anyway.

    On the one hand, that's just plain outrageous. On the other hand, maybe they have a point. "Safety" is a relative term when it comes to drugs and especially vaccines. And the particles themselves -- no matter what they are -- certainly couldn't be any worse than what's already in some of the flu shots out there.

    Ever see the list of ingredients in these things? Most people haven't -- and they're positively shocked when they learn that some variations of the flu shot can contain formaldehyde and mercury.

    That's why it's no surprise flu shots can cause everything from allergic reactions and flu-like symptoms and has been linked to serious nerve disorders and even death itself -- and you don't need any mystery particles to make all that and more happen.

    Just a "normal" flu shot will do the trick.

    Listen, I know I might sound like a broken record this time of year when it comes to flu shots. But if the CDC is going to spend the season pushing out wave after wave of Big Pharma flu shot propaganda, I'm going to keep pushing back.

    There are better, safer ways to beat the flu. Start with immune-boosting nutrients such as vitamin D, which has proven to be 800 percent more effective than the flu shot and can even help reduce your risk of getting the common cold, too.

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  2. Young and old alike can skip the flu shot

    Another flu shot myth crumbles

    I've been called a heartless crank (and worse) for trying to stand between you and your flu shots -- especially for my position that babies and seniors in particular should avoid the shot at all costs.

    Well, looks like I'm not the only "heartless crank" around anymore -- because a new editorial in Scientific American looks at the evidence for flu shots in the very young and very old and finds exactly what I've been saying all along: There is no evidence!

    One study often quoted finds that vaccinated seniors are 44 percent less likely to die during flu season. That sounds great -- until you see the part not quoted so often... because the study also found that vaccinated seniors are 61 percent MORE likely to die before flu season even starts.

    Another major study found absolutely no reduction in flu deaths among seniors in Italy as vaccination rates there climbed in the 1980s.

    And if the evidence is thin for seniors, it's positively invisible for babies -- with a major review earlier this year finding that flu shots in the under-twos are no better than placebos.

    The Scientific American article isn't perfect... they still seem to think everyone else might get at least some small benefit. But it's a lot smaller that most people realize -- with one major review last year confirming that the absolute reduction in flu risk is just 1.5 percent.

    That's it.

    You're better off getting back to basics, because good hygiene and a strong immune system will beat the flu every time -- and they come with none of the risks of the vaccine.

  3. Flu shots forced on healthcare workers

    Don't want a flu shot? If you work in a hospital, that's too bad -- because healthcare workers are being coerced into getting the shot.

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