Are flu shots bad for you? What’s in flu vaccine and can you ward off flu? Having taken my flu shots for years without questions, I’m no longer sure it’s a good thing. Read this post and watch the videos. Make your own conclusions about having flu shots or not!
Pro Influenza (flu jab) : Watch this pro-flu vaccine video from PublicHealth England. It states why you need to have your yearly flu Jab.
Risks and benefits of the flu vaccine: This video by Khan Academy illustrates some of the risks and benefits of getting the flu jab.
To have it or not to have it?!
Against Flu Vaccine (jab)
Here Dr Mercola explains why he’s not in favour of flu shots.
Here’s why I’m contemplating not having the flu shot any more -Previously, I hardly got flu. It used to be a family joke. Every one in my family would be down with the flu. Except for myself and my son.
Then, I began to get my flu jab every year after being diagnosed with asthma. And every time I had the flu jab I would be ill for about a week. I know it’s normal to have flu-like symptoms after getting a flu shot. But really?!
Some people say what you get after getting a flu shot is just a reaction to the vaccine. Not even a mild case of flu. Maybe for some people. Me, I had flu each time I had the flu vaccine!
Also, over the years, I noticed I got the flu anyway,whether I had taken the vaccine or not. So, why should I continue to take it? I’m not sure I will be taking it next flu season!
Whether the flu I episodes I had after getting the flu shots every year would have been worse had I not had them or not, is hard for me to say. Maybe yes. Maybe no.
What are the ingredients in flu shots 2016?
The main ingredient would be the variants of the actual flu virus recommended for this year. Other materials in flu shots may contain:
- Sodium chloride -A salt compound found in the body and in cooking salt
- Sodium deoxycholate – emulsifying agent
- Sucrose (another name for sugar)
- Thimersol – A toxic metal used to prevent contamination in multi-dose vials.
- A dash of formaldehyd – To make the vaccine soluble into the blood
- Octylphenol ethoxylate – A gelatin to flu shot stable in storage.Also, a preservative to protect the vaccine from bacteria and fungi
Ways to protect yourself against the flu. Again, your lifestyle is of great importance. Healthy Lifestyle would serve as a form of protection. One function of a healthy lifestyle is to strengthen your body immune system .
Healthy lifestyle methods you can adopt to protect yourself against the flu
- Eating regular, well balanced meals
- Getting enough sleep
- Having regular exercise
- Protecting yourself from long periods of high stress levels
- Having regular health checks
- Having a balanced life/work relationship.
Sunshine Exposure: Unfortunately, people in the northern hemisphere don’t get enough of sunshine.
Take – Some experts are advising higher levels of vitamin D supplements, as high as 2000IU per day (children); and between 5000 IU – 10000IU (adults).
Blood checks: A blood check to determine your actual blood level of Vitamin D is advisable before you start taking vitamin D supplements. You want to get it right. About 15 nanogram/millilitre is being advised as good.
Ultra Violet Radiation and Safe tanning beds have been suggested as ways to treat vitamin D deficiency. If you do decide to use them, be sure to follow the manufacturers’ manuals.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope that it helps you to make an informed decision about taking the yearly flu vaccine that’s being given to prevent flu.
Do get in touch with questions about this article or any other where you think I may be of help.
To your optimum well-being,
Cecilia Scheyerle, MPharm
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