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Benefits Outweigh Risks?

Posted Feb 04 2013 9:29am

cold and flu There have been numerous articles about the benefits of the flu vaccine versus the risks. Everyone is weighing in so I won’t go into all the pros and cons from my personal perspective. Anyone who’s read my blogs and newsletters for any length of time know I have never had a flu shot and don’t intend on getting one any time soon. However, I would like to share this article that was on Dr. Mercola’s site. It goes a bit beyond just the benefits vs. the risks.

The 5 most troubling things that jumped out at me from this article were:

The FDA has approved a new insect-based, genetically engineered flu vaccine;

An order by New York’s Governor allowing pharmacies to administer the shot to children;

Some “health experts” advise that the conventional egg-based flu vaccine is safe for those with severe egg allergies stating that the benefit of the flu vaccine outweighs the potential risk of lethal anaphylaxis;

The vaccine is still only slightly over 60% effective; and

Published research concludes that flu vaccines are ineffective at best, and produce neurological complications at worst, while having no effect at all on hospitalizations or working days lost.

I suggest you ask your doctor whether he and his family get the flu shot. From past years, the answer will very likely be no. Several years ago when H1N1 was the flu of the season, Dr. Oz admitted his wife and family do not get the flu shot but he got his on TV. Very recently Piers Morgan allowed Dr. Mercola to give him a flu shot on TV and ended up getting the flu days later.

There are plenty of things you can do to protect yourself and keep your immune system strong, many of which are listed in Dr. Mercola’s article.

The question to ask, I think, is: Are the possible side effects worth it to you?

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