Serious complications are rare in influenza vaccine, still many people worry about the side effects. While some people believe they can get the flu from the vaccine shot, this is not always the case because most of the reactions are mild like redness, soreness, or swelling where the shot was given. However, these symptoms go away after one to two days.
Influenza vaccine shots contain inactive virus particles, and doctors believe that there is no possibility of contracting the infection from the shot, although there are rare hypersensitive reactions like hives, problems with breathing, wheezing, dizziness, pale skin, and rapid heartbeat. However, these reactions are only common to people who are allergic to eggs because the viruses used to make the vaccines are grown in chicken eggs.
Here, are some of the influenza vaccine myths your doctor may not be telling you:
Myth #1: No thimerosal (or Mercury) in flu vaccine
“Thimerosal-free” vaccine label has an asterisk in front of it, which explains that the product has a trace amount equivalent to thimerosal-free, according to CDC. However, if you look closer, the toxic amount of mercury is still evident. There are typically two kinds of flu shots, one containing 25 mcg of mercury given as a regular shot to those without special circumstances and the one labeled thimerosal-free, which contain three mcg given to pregnant women and young children.
The thimerosal-free in the flu vaccine is a fallacy because a full vaccine contains toxic amounts of mercury.
Myth #2: Influenza vaccine only contains 25mcg thimerosal.
Trial-and-error studies were conducted in expectant mothers and the effects of fish-contained mercury. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating 8-12 ounces of low mercury fish a week is safe.
Tuna, cod, catfish, Pollock, salmon, crab, and shrimp are regarded as low mercury fish according to the FDA, with tuna containing the highest amount of mercury in this category. “FDA standard for mercury consumption among pregnant women is a maximum of 14 mcg per week and not the 25 mcg that floats around on message boards.”
By injecting mercury in a vaccine, you are by-passing your inner filtration system and the mercury reaches your blood stream, which leads straight to the brain.
Myth #3: Influenza vaccine can guard against stomach flu.
People have the misconception that flu vaccine will guard them against “stomach flu,” which is, in fact, not flu because stomach flu is gastroenteritis and cause by virus, and parasite. They have different symptoms and treatment.
Myth #4: Your body will be stronger and healthier if you get a flu.
Influenza A, Influenza B, and Influenza C, are the three classification of influenza people can get, each one having distinctive serotypes. CDC gathers that there are over 100 different influenza serotypes. If people are exposed to the influenza virus, the shots will protect them against three common viruses, even if they have weak immune system.
However, there are reports that many people contracted the flu after vaccination. This is because the immune system is weakened, and it will take about two weeks for the body to create the antibodies enough to protect it from the strain contained in the vaccine. When the body has weakened, it can easily get the flu virus of another kind.
Myth #5: Influenza Vaccine Saved Countless Lives
Influenza vaccine has been around since 1945, but it was before the 2003-2004 flu season that CDC recommended for the first that children as young, five years old and older than six months should receive an annual flu vaccine.
However, since DCD recommended that children, under five should receive flu vaccine, the number of children dying from the flu has increased by 67%. This is because they found out that children who have received the vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization.
The CDC and WHO are assuming that the number of confirmed influenza cases, from the children who were tested for flu and those who were not, found that about half of the individuals died of pneumonia because they contracted flu.
Is influenza vaccine dangerous and ineffective?
During the flu months, adequate amounts of Vitamin D can prevent people from contracting influenza up to 100%, and it could minimize the symptoms if you catch it, according to Dr Mercola and University of Cambridge Medical Journals.
Studies also show that regular visits to a chiropractor during the flu scare may help ward off and fight against flu as evidenced during the Spanish influenza outbreak in 1918 where a mortality rate was very minimal.
Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas