It’s that time of the year again: Flu season! Doctors, nurses, pharmacies and even well-meaning relatives may be pushing you to get the flu shot, but it’s important to note that these vaccines are by no means as safe, effective or free of side effects as the drug manufacturers and medical community would like you to believe.
Derek Henry, founder of Healing the Body, recently noted on an informative Real.video clip that there are at least four good reasons not to get the flu shot this year. And that does not mean you have to simply submit to getting ill, either. There is still plenty of time to take proactive, natural steps to boost immunity and prevent getting sick.
1. There is no evidence that flu shots actually work
The first, solid reason not to get the flu shot is that there is no real evidence that it actually works. The Flulaval vaccine insert itself admits:
There have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with Flulaval.
2. These vaccines have not been proven to be safe
Not only is there no evidence that the flu shot works, but there is also no real evidence that it’s safe either. The insert declares:
Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval in pediatric patients have not been established. … Flulaval has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.
Is it really worth the risk to take something this untested when the flu shot only provides at best a 50 to 70 percent guarantee of protection, and at worst – as was the case during the last flu season – only provides a measly 36 percent chance of protection?
“The flu shot was proven to be the most dangerous vaccine of them all, when it was reported June of 2014 that 70 percent of all vaccine injury cases were settled for the flu shot, including one death,” noted Henry.'
Read more: Four rational reasons to avoid the flu shot and what to do instead to protect your health