Study: Flu vaccine linked to increased risk of respiratory infections

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wonan says no flu vaccine(NaturalHealth365) Makers of the flu vaccine claim receiving it decreases the risk of getting sick due to the triggering of antibody development in the body. However, a Chinese study reveals quite the opposite.

Researchers in Hong Kong have found that in addition to actually increasing the risk of flu, receiving the flu vaccine also raises the risk of getting a respiratory infection by 5.5 times. The study was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Stringent double-blind study shows disturbing side effects of flu vaccine

While research on the side effects of the flu vaccine have been lacking in the U.S., Chinese researchers have been more active about looking into the possible side effects of flu shot. This recent study conducted in Hong Kong looked at vaccinated versus unvaccinated subjects and how they fared health-wise.

In the study, the seasonal trivalent flu vaccine was tested for side effects of flu shot. What makes this effort particularly noteworthy is the fact that it was a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. While some subjects received the flu vaccine, others received saline solution – a truly inactive and neutral placebo. This is in contrast to many vaccine trials that use what are called “active” placebos, which contain some of the substances used in the vaccines.

Flu vaccine found to increase odds of getting the flu, respiratory infection

The trial studied the effects of the vaccine on children aged 6 to 15 years. The subjects who were administered the flu vaccine received Sanofi Pasteur’s Vaxigrip. The others received a saline solution placebo. All subjects were tracked for an average of 272 days.

The researchers ultimately concluded that regarding effectiveness against influenza, there was no difference between those who received the vaccine and those who received the saline solution placebo. However, a look at the study numbers reveals that cases of influenza were actually higher in the vaccinated group, with 116 kids coming down with the flu versus 88 in the placebo group.

Swine flu and other respiratory infection types are possible side effects of flu shot

Adding to the bad news is the fact that the vaccine group became 5.5 times more likely to come down with a respiratory illness. These kids showed high incidents of the Swine flu, the common cold (Rhinovirus), Coxsackie/Echovirus and other viruses.

The implications of this study are very serious. They suggest that getting a flu shot not only increases the risk of influenza, but also reduces immunity to respiratory viruses. The act of injecting antigens in the body seems to damage the immune response, rendering people more vulnerable to disease.

Side effects of flu shot and other vaccines call for far more research

We are all encouraged to get our flu shots every year, and many jobs in health professions require them. However, this study adds to the mountain of evidence that vaccines are not a panacea for health. In some cases, they are quite the contrary.

Meanwhile, big pharma and organizations like the CDC, FDA, NIH, the international WHO and the Gates Foundation continue to push a vaccine agenda forward. Are profits without proper assessment of side effects really worth such high risks and consequences to human health?


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  • Rick N

    These are studies that will never make front page news. If they did we would see pharmaceutical companies going out of business. They will never let that happen so we will never see this in main street publications or on the news.

  • Weston Tillman

    Why does almost everyone line up for a flu shot-fear. Now, they should have a new fear and a reason not to get in line for this shot.

  • Paul Ruger

    They get our immunity down with our food supply, then they poison us with vaccines to undo what they did. The pharmaceutical companies are the one that comes up with the colors and flavors used in our so-called food.

    This way they profit form those two sources. We can’t afford them. They seem to have a get-out-of jail-free option to commit more havoc. We need to make choices either to support them or boycott their products.

  • Wayne Cox

    The vaccines should come with a warning. We need to take back our freedom to make informed choices. We can’t have the manufacturers being able to pull the wool over our eyes. We have rights.

  • Pete McDonald

    This should be called the vaccine that couldn’t. Just like most vaccines it does little, but can cause great harm.

  • Christine Barr

    This vaccine is not a question of need. With proper nutrition and lots of vitamin C we will get better protection.

  • wc

    I’ve always noticed that the more people get flu shots according to the reports in my country the worse the epidemic is that year. This study just proves that theory.

  • R Mochelle

    Interesting findings. But are they cause for general alarm?

    What intrigues me is whether the study was repeated several times. The problem with once-off studies like this is that the flu-vaxes vary from year to year; new flu bacteria continue to emerge and flu-vax companies incorporate them every year into updated versions. A problem with this yearly updating is that some batches may be prepared too hastily and not get
    sufficient testing.

    Another problem with this study is that the particular flu-vax used may not have contained antigens for swine flu and the other flu infections listed.

    In the nineties I suffered really bad bouts of the flu at least twice a year. As a
    preventative measure I received an annual updating of flu-vax for about a
    decade in the noughties. The treatment was very successful. I seem now to have
    become extremely resistant. Haven’t had the flue for many years.

    So I can’t help suspecting that the flu-vax batch used
    by the Hong Kong study group might have been poorly tested and faulty. We are given no information about the source of the fluvax. How do we know whether or
    not the batch was produced by a shonky Asian lab?

    The study doesn’t show that all Flu-vax are suspect, as you warn. It does indicate that flu-vax companies in some parts of the world need to be subject to greater regulatory controls and testing standards, and that meanwhile we should be careful to ensure that the source of our flu-vax serums is reputable. It is
    also important to ensure that latest emerging flu species are covered by the
    flu-vax one is receiving.