We’re heading into another flu season with messages everywhere to “get your flu shot!” Flu vaccine hype is plentiful, and calling for every person in the U.S. over 6 months of age to get the vaccine.
Did you know that most illnesses considered to be the flu have nothing to do with the influenza type A or B viruses that the vaccine is supposed to prevent? There are thousands of ‘flu-like illnesses’ caused by other types of viruses. These viruses can cause the same or even worse symptoms as influenza. Of those viruses tested every year, on average only 16% are found to be influenza-positive. Ironically, it’s doubtful that the viruses you are most likely to get during the so-called flu season can be prevented by the vaccine.
During the fall and winter months, it’s essential to take steps to strengthen your child’s natural immunity to deal with the diseases that may be encountered. But the flu vaccine can weaken immunity, making it even more likely that your child will get sick with colds and flu-like illnesses.
We’ve known for a long time that flu vaccines are not as effective as stated. Back in 2006, the British Medical Journal published an independent analysis of flu vaccine studies that concluded there is little scientific proof that flu vaccines are effective, and there is a disturbing lack of evidence of safety. 1
More recently in 2012, The Cochrane Collaboration published a rigorous review of studies of the vaccine for preventing flu in healthy children. The authors concluded “Inactivated vaccines in children aged two years or younger are not significantly more efficacious than placebo.” But, inactivated vaccines are the most common flu vaccines used in young children.
The authors also said they couldn’t fully determine safety of flu vaccines for young children due to “extensive evidence of reporting bias of safety outcomes” Additionally, the authors concluded “reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin, but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies”. 2
In other words, vaccine studies are being manipulated by the industry. No big surprise. It’s the business of vaccine marketing.
Last year, the BMJ published an article that blatantly points out the lack of science behind flu vaccine policies.
“Closer examination of influenza vaccine policies shows that although proponents employ the rhetoric of science, the studies underlying the policy are often of low quality, and do not substantiate officials’ claims. The vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.” 3
Although it’s clear the vaccine is not all that effective in preventing flu, there are plenty of adverse effects associated with it, some very serious. And some flu vaccines contain significant amounts of mercury. You can read the Influenza Vaccine Package Inserts and find out which flu vaccines contain mercury. It’s important to read the entire contents of the package inserts, including the postmarketing experience with adverse effects, to get a clearer picture of the risks.
Read more about Influenza Deaths: The Hype vs. The Evidence
What is the Safest Way to Prevent Flu and Other Illnesses?
Increase Vitamin D Levels
Vitamin D is completely safe and may prevent both flu and flu-like illnesses. The Vitamin D Council says most studies that have been done on influenza and vitamin D have shown that people who have lower levels of vitamin D are more likely to get influenza. 4
Key Points from the Available Research:
- People who get influenza are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D in their body.
- Vitamin D can help reduce inflammation caused by the influenza virus and increase the number of proteins that fight against viruses.
- Influenza infections increase during the winter, which is when vitamin D levels are known to decrease in the population.
- Some experiments have shown that taking vitamin D supplements can reduce the chances of getting influenza. 4
Strengthen Your Child’s Immunity
The best and safest way to keep your children healthy while viruses are being passed around is to strengthen their immune systems. In the CureChild program, you will learn everything you need to know. Click here to get our free e-book, Strengthen Your Child’s Immune System: What you Need to Know to Keep your Child Exceptionally Healthy and Prevent Disease.
2 Jefferson T, Rivetti A, Di Pietrantonj C, Demicheli V, Ferroni E. Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD004879. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004879
3 Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease, BMJ 2013;346:f3037