From today’s NY Times:
Switzerland and Italy have banned four of the current flu vaccines made by major drug international Novartis. pending further testing for side affects.
But the larger issue, in my opinion, on this specific vaccine, is that the scientists making them each year can only make an educated guess on which strain of the flu virus will appear that year. Wrong strain and the vaccine is useless. If you look closely you will find that the odds are not that great. So given the potential for side affects, and the reality that we don’t really know what the long term effects on our immune systems are, with multiple vaccinations (measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, shingles, etc, year after year, the question is very valid, “Does it make sense to buy into this hysteria about the flu?” To me the question is clearly no. But there is another really important point.
There is now good evidence that the innate immune system, which we are born with, and which is designed to fight off bacterial, viral, and other pathogens, when left with nothing to do, turns on its host in the form of autoimmune reaction disorders like psoriasis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, etc. There is also evidence that sterile environments created by the overuse of toxic cleaning products like anti-bacterial soaps and kitchen counter cleansers weaken our acquired immune systems. See the review of the book An Epidemic of Absence, by Moises Velasquez-Manoffhttp://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/science/an-epidemic-of-absence-review-seeing-hygiene-as-driver-of-disease.html for more details on the specifics.
I personally would not get the flu vaccination, nor would i give my children vaccinations for chicken pox or measles. I would definitely give my child a polio vaccination. Polio is a crippler. That is a no-brainer, and polio vaccine has been around a long time.
But the others, for measles, chicken pox, etc. definitely not. I had some of those childhood illnesses and they are actually a fond memory, how my mom cared for me. But that is not the point; the point is that it is good for your kids immune system to either fight those off and not get them, or get them and fight them off to recovery from them.
I am 58 and have had flu only once as an adult, and that was after a very high stress Christmas-time trip to Cancun, in Mexico, that weakened my resistance and then put me in harms way– a crowded plane and airports.
I think the risk of getting the flu is a far better thing than the unknown risks of the vaccine. What percent of people die from the flu when it is not a pandemic?
Next: Chinese Medicine’s Advice for Winter and the Flu Season.
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