(NaturalHealth365) Many people understand that flu shots aren’t effective. What is less known is vaccinating against one strain of influenza can actually increase the risk of exposure to different strains.
Research in the Journal of Virology found that the seasonal flu vaccine can weaken a child’s immune system and increase their chances of caching influenza viruses not included in the vaccine.
A study published in Science Translational Medicine found a surprising complication of the vaccine design. It was found to increase the risk of contracting the flu – after vaccination.
How does the flu vaccine actually harm the body?
The vaccine is known to cause an overall immune suppression effect. All vaccines are immune suppressors in a variety of ways. The chemicals in the vaccines; the virus even when it’s not a ‘live’ shot; heavy metals and the foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues can all cause serious health problems.
In fact, scientists suggest, the flu vaccine may actually fuel a pandemic outbreak of the flu.
In 2009, at the beginning of the swine flu panic, a Canadian study revealed that people who had received a regular, seasonal flu shot, were twice as likely to catch the swine flu. This was proven to be true when, in 2010, the results of several epidemiologic investigations showed that the flu shot did indeed increase the risk of coming down with the swine flu.
There were four studies, which were conducted by public health agencies in Canada, involved about 2,700 people in all, and each one had the same result: if you got the seasonal flu shot, you were more likely to get the swine flu. This quote was published by PLoS Medicine:
“…Estimates from all four studies (which included about 1,200 laboratory-confirmed pH1N1 cases and 1,500 controls) showed that prior recipients of the 2008-09 TIV [seasonal flu shot] had approximately 1.4-2.5 times increased chances of developing pH1N1 illness that needed medical attention during the spring-summer of 2009 compared to people who had not received the TIV.”
The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) scientists infected two groups of pigs with H1N1: one group was vaccinated, with a H1N2 shot, while the other group was not. The piglets who were vaccinated produced a wide range of antibodies to block the H1N2 virus, these antibodies not only failed to protect against the second virus, H1N1, but actually help the second virus infiltrate lung tissue causing more severe symptoms and respiratory complications, these included pneumonia and lung damage.
Could avoiding the flu vaccine be better?
The unvaccinated control groups had fewer complications and milder pneumonia. There is an association between the vaccine and respiratory diseases, called vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease (VAERD). This has been reported with the formaldehyde-inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccination, which was followed in the vaccinated group by a wild-type (RSV) infection.
Misleading media headlines
According to virologist Kennedy Shortridge, a professor emeritus at the University of Hong Kong and a pioneer is studying the origin of the flu: “There a number of infectious agents that can mimic flu” and “In many cases, no laboratory diagnosis of influenza is made.”
Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson MD, author for the independent Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group, thinks the incidence of influenza is greatly inflated as it is systematically confused with influenza-like illnesses, which are frequently attributable to other viral and bacterial agents. He goes on to say that confusion of influenza with other like illness has confused the situation and fueled frenzy.
Experts like Jefferson caution against using the words “flu” and “influenza” interchangeably, noting that “flu” is a more loosely defined category that includes viruses that are not influenza-based, but just happen to cause very similar clinical symptoms.
To find out how many cases of influenza-like illness are actually influenza A or B, scientists would need to take a random sample of people diagnosed with influenza-like illness, and then test them for every possible causal agent and illness.
The formal studies are few, but Jefferson has completed calculations based on data from trials for vaccines, and he estimates that, on average, only about 7 percent of those with influenza-like illness actually have influenza.
“The CDC and the media portray influenza as a deadly threat,” he says. “But the data suggest that seasonal influenza is a relatively rare and benign condition, with an incidence not exceeding 1 percent in the general population during autumn and winter months.”
What is the best way to prevent the flu?
To protect against the flu should mean defending the body against all pathogens. The way to do this is to incorporate immune building strategies into your lifestyle. Eat a fresh (organic) whole foods diet; eliminate processed junk foods; remain as active as possible and supplement with plenty of vitamin C and other antioxidants – especially if you feel you’re getting ill.
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About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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