Flu Shot May Be GIVING People the Flu!

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Woman Checking Her TemperatureFlu season is just around the corner. Better think twice before visiting your local drugstore for that little shot!

Three years ago, a Canadian research team noticed that people who received a flu shot were more likely to become infected with the pandemic H1N1 virus than those who hadn’t received a shot. Five follow-up studies were done in several provinces, with the same disturbing results.

Now a new double-blind study led by an influenza expert at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has recreated the event using ferrets. The ferrets in the vaccine group became significantly sicker than the other animals.

No one is entirely sure why this is, though it does not appear to have been a problem with the flu vaccine used in Canada. So not only do we have to worry about the side effects of the flu vaccine, it now seems to be exacerbating the very illness it’s supposed to prevent.

This is not the first time a flu drug turned out to be ineffective, making people potentially more vulnerable to the flu. Roche Pharmaceuticals was accused of withholding data about its Tamiflu pill—data that suggested not only was the drug not as effective as it had been reported, it actually appeared to be no more effective than aspirin. It also appears to interfere with the body’s own ability to create antibodies to the flu virus, which is important to fight off future infections.

Yet Tamiflu was stockpiled by various world governments during the swine flu pandemic. The UK had contracts in place for 50 million doses of Tamiflu, enough for 80% of population, while the US had stockpiled over 37 million doses. The cost to US taxpayers was $1.5 billion.

For Big Pharma, the next pandemic is nothing more than an opportunity to make more money—at the expense of our pocketbooks, our health, and sometimes even our lives. Remember that the US flu shot—unlike the one given in Europe—still contains mercury, which is another important reason to avoid it.

Better yet, go for the far more effective natural cures. Vitamin D is extremely effective in combating influenza. The treatments we mentioned in our TB article in this issue would also apply to the flu.

Editor’s Note 9/19/12: In an earlier version of this article, we mistakenly referred to Tamiflu as a vaccine. It is, in fact, not a vaccine, but rather a flu treatment that may also be taken to prevent the flu.

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  • Mark

    Tamiflu is not a vaccine.

  • Underwriter

    I don’t think the vaccines are giving the flu (exacerbating I am less sure of) but I DO think that many, many people are allergic to egg, mildly enough so they don’t know it and have no trouble eating egg, yet severely enough that when it is injected they come up with a whole host of symptoms. Allergic reactions don’t always produce the same symptoms. not even in the same person, for various reasons.

    I do know I am allergic to egg. When the American Lung Association came out with their terrible ad the “EVERYONE needs a flu shot,” I wrote to them and asked if they were trying to kill me and other allergy sufferers. I didn’t even receive the courtesy of a reply. I guess it’s all right with them if we die as long as it isn’t the flu that killed us. Sorry, I can’t agree.

  • Dona van Bloemen

    Several years ago my PCP here in California persuaded me to try a flu shot for the first tme, as there was a particularly virulent and dangerous type of flu bug going around. As a rule I use only naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and TCM, but on this occasion I allowed myself to be persuaded. As a result of the flu jab, I immediately suffered not one, not two, but THREE extremely severe bouts of flu in a row, so severe that I couldn’t lift my head from my pillow for ten days each time. I had not even had a cold for years.

    Never again!

  • berry lee

    I have a rare protein in my blood because I take all my flu shots and havent had flu in 30 years!

  • Combining the H1N1 vaccine with the “regular” flu vaccine, in light of the Canadian experience, seems like the height of irresponsibility, but that’s exactly what’s been going on in the past few years, amazingly.

    Tamiflu isn’t a vaccine, though– the writer seems to have made a slip.

    • s. Miller

      Read more closely. The author knows the difference. The article plainly calls Tamiflu a “flu drug”, not a vaccine.

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  • Marten The Canadian Libertarian

    Not only it gives flu, but peoples become highly contagious

  • Mel Kottwitz

    It’s hard to take an article seriously when the author apparently doesn’t know the difference between Tamiflu and a vaccine.

    • s. Miller

      The author knows the difference. The article plainly calls Tamiflu a “flu drug”, not a vaccine.

  • Eliot W. Collins

    I have gotten a flu shot every year for at least the last 35 years; except for one year when there was a shortage of the vaccine, and that was the one time that I got the flu. If someone is only sick for a day or two, then that is not the flu. In my case I had a fever for a week, and I did not return to normal for almost a month. I will continue to get a yearly flu shot. That is what works for me.

  • Animal testing on ferrets? I just started taking this newsletter and already see I don’t like it.

    • LP

      Uh…ANH does not do the testing, or control groups that do. Hello!

  • Pato

    Elderbberries are also supposed to be great for influenza.

  • del

    You wouldn’t take the flu shot or almost any vaccine if you knew what else was in the vaccine.
    They preserve most vaccines with a mercury compound.
    Plus there are several nasty chemicals in vaccines.
    Most vaccines are pushed by drug companies because they make a huge profit from them.
    The government support is great too.
    There are so many natural ways to prevent the flu and several other illnesses. Just look it up.
    The cheapest and most effective is to take lots of vitamin D usually in the form of D3.
    Take at least 4000 units a day preferably more like 6-8000 units a day.
    This will also help with many other conditions. Absolutely no way to overdose at this level.
    If you do feel a cold coming, take the recommended doses of elderberry extract.
    This works wonders!!
    I did get the Shingles vaccine because the virus is already in anyone who had chickenpox.

    • Trisha

      Several years ago, I got rid of Shingles (which I gave myself by stressing over something I did not want to do) quickly by this protocol: 500 mg B-1, 50 mg B complex, 500 mg L-Lysine. Take every 2 hours for 2 days (except while sleeping), 3rd day onward,take all, three times a day for 10 days. No chocolate or sugar. Avoid high Arginine foods and eat high Lysine foods. I also used topical L-Lysine which stopped the itching immediately. I went to the Dr. thinking I had a spider bite. lol No trace since or lingering effects.

  • SE

    Remembering all the shots I had as a kid and all the shots I took as an adult, I was sick every year.
    Symptoms would take anywhere from several weeks to several months to present with chills, high fever and puking. After figuring it out and putting two and two together, I’d often wonder where all the shedding of this nasty wound up and if I had caused others to fall ill (that’s not a pleasant thought)!

    Every time the subject comes up, I tell people, “Whenever I get the flu shot, I get the flu.” just to grease their hamster wheels. Because even if one were to contract the virus naturally, I have a feeling the attack wouldn’t be anywhere near the proportions of lab adjuvant squirted into your flesh and blood. Live virus or dead, or both, how can the measure be trusted? If you have a functioning immune system, (I’m not a Doctor, this is just me trying to make sense of it) the contracting of a virus such as this, naturally, a slighter attack, would promote the desired immune response anyway, so what’s the point of a shot?

    Haven’t taken the shot in 15 years, and haven’t been sick with the flu since.

  • SE

    Remembering all the shots I had as a kid and all the shots I took as an adult, I was sick every year. Symptoms would take anywhere from several weeks to several months to present with chills, high fever and puking. After figuring it out and putting two and two together, I’d often wonder where all the shedding of this nasty wound up and if I had caused others to fall ill (not a pleasant thought)!

    Every time the subject comes up, I tell people, “Whenever I got the flu shot, I’d get the flu.” just to grease their hamster wheels. Because even if one were to contract the virus naturally, I have a feeling the attack wouldn’t be anywhere near the proportions of lab adjuvant squirted into your flesh and blood. Live virus or dead, or both, how can the measure be trusted? If you have a functioning immune system, (I’m not a Doctor, this is just me trying to make sense of it) the contracting of a virus such as this, naturally, a slighter attack, would promote the desired immune response anyway, so what’s the point of a shot?

  • Robert

    no flu shot and no flu. only time i got sick is when i got shots in the military. in fact that is how i got my low-level asthma condition. thankfully i got out and have been healthier even as i’ve gotten older than i was younger with all the vaccinations and flu shots and stuff. the more i stay away from people who don’t know what they’re doing to the human body while acting like they do the better off my life has been…