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Donald Trump Declares Flu Shots Are “Virtually Totally Ineffective”

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In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy saying, “[In] this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But in 2018, there seems to be one more certainty we can add to that list – the age-old flu shot debate.

The flu shot debate was especially spurred on after an interview on Sirius XM between Opie Radio and President Donald Trump. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, the pro-vax-anti-vax battle has long existed. But in response to the question, “Donald, do you get the flu shot every year?” President Trump replied:[1]

“No… I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do. And [latest flu vaccine] has not been very effective to start off with… But I’ve never had a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu… I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.”

What You Need to Know About Flu Shots

President Trump presents his views very simply and you have to agree with him, at least to some degree. A lot of people share his opinion, too, and are choosing not to get their annual flu shot. For some, it’s because of the mounting body of evidence pointing towards the health risks vaccines pose. For others, it’s the proven ineffectiveness of yearly flu shots.

In fact, surveys have revealed that up to 70 percent of Americans do not want to get a flu shot, even in pandemic years.[2,3] Moreover, 60 percent of health care professionals do not want to get influenza shots and are concerned about the vaccine’s ineffectiveness and side effects.[4]

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Many times, people think they’ve gotten the flu when, in reality, they have simply come down with a flu-like illness. Just read this, courtesy of the National Vaccine Information Center:[5]

“Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness, which produce the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot tell the two illnesses apart. Both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness. At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses.”

How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and a Flu

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You can use the chart below to quickly determine if your sick symptoms are just a cold or if it’s the flu…[6]

Symptoms

Cold Flu
Fever Rare Usually present
Aches Slight Usual, often severe
Chills Uncommon Fairly common
Tiredness Mild Moderate to severe
Sudden Symptoms Appear gradually Can appear within 3-6 hours
Coughing Hacking, productive cough Dry, unproductive cough
Sneezing Common Uncommon
Stuffy Nose Common Uncommon
Sore Throat Common Uncommon
Chest Discomfort Mild to moderate Often severe

Headache

Uncommon

Common

The Science-Backed Danger of Serial Vaccination

Without fail, there is a new flu vaccine out every year. But why?

As outlined by CNN, “Each year before flu season begins, a vaccine is made based on whichever virus strains are expected to circulate. The selected seed strains are distributed to vaccine manufacturers, which produce their formulations and make them available to health care professionals before the season begins.”[7]

Generally, the most common flu vaccines are seasonal ones that protect against three flu viruses:

  1. Influenza A (H1N1)
  2. Influenza A (H3N2)
  3. Influenza B

According to the CDC, a good match between viruses in the vaccine and circulating influenza viruses is said to occur when those two things are closely related and the antibodies produced by vaccination protect against infection. However, due to the different strains and different vaccines being created every year, their effectiveness can also go down. Not to mention the fact that flu shots affect people differently depending on their age.[8]

But still, year in and year out, we’re faced with the decision of whether or not to get a flu shot. But thanks to recent studies, your choice just got easier to make. In February 2017, a Canadian study shed light on the danger of getting a flu shot two years in a row (or more). Scientists observed the effectiveness of vaccines over three flu seasons from 2010 to 2015. In their research, they found evidence that if you get flu vaccinations in 2017 and 2018, for example, last year’s may compromise the effectiveness of this year’s… in which case, you’re getting an unnecessary shot.[9]

If flu shots truly are ineffective, then what are you unnecessarily injecting into your body?

Well, there are a few harmful vaccine ingredients you need to be aware of:[10]

  • Polysorbate 80 is an emulsifier that keeps the rest of the vaccine ingredients evenly distributed. It’s the same emulsifier that prevents your store-bought sauces and salad dressings from separating.
  • Formaldehyde may be naturally compound, but it’s also a neurotoxin known to affect memory, learning, and behavior. This neurotoxin has also been linked to eye and throat irritation, breathing trouble, and higher risk for some cancers.[11]
  • Stabilizers including ingredients such as sucrose, sorbitol, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). These ingredients are linked to adverse health effects including: headache, flushing, sweating, heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea, and weakness.
  • Preservatives, e.g. thimerosal (which contains mercury). As many if not all of you know, mercury is not something you ever want or need inside your body. This known neurotoxin can affect vision, muscle weakness, cognitive thinking, memory, language, and even find motor skills.[12]
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With potential adverse health such as the ones listed above, you may want to consider thinking twice about injecting bad stuff into your body.

6 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Chance of Getting the Flu

The CDC has some practical and necessary tips for preventing the flu. Although many of us will refuse to get vaccinated every year, their other tips are legitimately helpful.[13]

  1. Avoid close contact with others who are sick and vice versa.
  2. Stay home when you’re sick, if possible. It’s not worth spreading the illness to family, friends, coworkers, and passers by.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough of sneeze to prevent spreading the flu.
  4. Clean your hands with antibacterial soap and water – not hand sanitizer (if avoidable)! The latter will kill protective germs that actually help ward of viruses including the flu.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s challenging because many of us do all three of those things without even realizing. But this is key to stopping germs from spreading.
  6. Wipe down household appliances, steering wheels, countertops, and any other things you touch regularly with disinfectant wipes. This will help keep germs to a minimum.

Other Ways You Can Prevent the Flu

[1] Donald Trump never had the flu – @OpieRadio. (2015, October 18). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://youtu.be/cDARZJxzeoY

[2] State-Specific Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults — United States, 2006–07 Influenza Season. (n.d.). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5738a1.htm

[3] Interim Results: State-Specific Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccination Coverage — United States, October 2009–January 2010. (2010, April 02). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5912a2.htm

[4] King, W. D., Woolhandler, S. J., Brown, A. F., Jiang, L., Kevorkian, K., Himmelstein, D. U., & Bor, D. H. (2006, February). BRIEF REPORT: Influenza Vaccination and Health Care Workers in the United States. Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1484661/

[5] Why Influenza Vaccine Mandates are Ineffective – Diseases and Vaccines – NVIC. (n.d.). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Influenza/Why-Influenza-Vaccine-Mandates-Are-Ineffective—U.aspx

[6] How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu [PDF]. (n.d.). Pittsburg, PA: Pittsburg State University: Student Health Services. https://www.pittstate.edu/dotAsset/121876.pdf

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[7] Scutti, S. (2017, November 09). Flu season is here, and experts are concerned. Retrieved January 02, 2018, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/08/health/flu-season-vaccine-effectiveness-study/index.html

[8] Influenza (Flu). (2017, October 30). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

[9] Skowronski, D. M., Chambers, C., Serres, G. D., Sabaiduc, S., Winter, A., Dickinson, J. A., . . . Smith, D. J. (2017, February 09). Serial Vaccination and the Antigenic Distance Hypothesis: Effects on Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness During A(H3N2) Epidemics in Canada, 2010–2011 to 2014–2015 | The Journal of Infectious Diseases | Oxford Academic. Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/215/7/1059/2979766

[10] Flu Shot Ingredients: What’s in It and Is It Safe? (n.d.). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/flu-shot-ingredients#ingredients

[11] Tulpule, K., & Dringen, R. (2013, July 15). Formaldehyde in brain: an overlooked player in neurodegeneration? Retrieved January 02, 2018, from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jnc.12356/abstract

[12] Health Effects of Exposures to Mercury. (2017, March 30). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.epa.gov/mercury/health-effects-exposures-mercury

[13] Influenza (Flu). (2015, July 31). Retrieved January 02, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

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