Like Christmas decorations the flu vaccine adverts have started early this year.
The message this year we all need to get is: “The Flu Shot DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU. Get vaccinated!”
Mmm… is this simply another case of officials being willing to say just about anything to get us to roll up our sleeves and get the shot?
The hands have it
Ask just about any conventional doctor and he’ll tell you that “flu from a flu shot” is the most persistent myth surrounding the flu vaccine. If they warm up to the subject, they’ll be happy to explain.
You see, the flu shot doesn’t contain a live virus. So it’s virtually IMPOSSIBLE for the shot to transmit an influenza virus. See how simple that is? Any “perceived” symptoms are all in our heads. Psychosomatic. Power of suggestion. It’s not even feasible.
Well, except for one little detail.
A recent news report noted that it’s “common to experience reactions to the shot, such as achiness or a low-grade fever.”
And here’s where the “myth” turns out to wrapped in truth.
Let’s say you get a flu shot in the morning. Then that evening you feel rotten. You’re achy. You’ve got a fever. And this may last another 24 hours or more.
No, you don’t have the flu. You just feel completely miserable. You know, like when you have the flu.
Well here’s a newsflash for doctors and medical authorities. If I FEEL like I have influenza, it makes no difference at all to me that I don’t really HAVE it!
It’s like if I park my car and someone crashes into it. Technically, you can say I wasn’t in a car accident. But my car is still wrecked.
But never mind all that. You can be sure that medical mainstreamers will be calling “influenza from a flu shot” a myth till the end of their days.
Meanwhile, here are two flu FACTS they’ll never tell you:
ONE: Research shows that vitamin D supplements are better than a flu vaccine at preventing influenza.
TWO: Nothing works better than washing your hands.
As I’ve mentioned before, Cochrane Collaboration research shows that washing your hands frequently is THE BEST way to curb the spread of respiratory infections.
Dr. Tom Jefferson of Cochrane told the magazine Der Spiegel: “This method can fight against the 200 pathogens that bring about flu symptoms as well as against gastrointestinal
viruses and completely unknown germs.
“One study done in Pakistan has shown that hand-washing can even save children’s lives.”
And there are your evidence-based mythbusters. Influenza vaccines can’t measure up to clean hands and vitamin D.
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“Busted: Top 5 Cold and Flu Myths” Kin Carollo, ABC News, 11/18/11, abcnews.go.com
“Physical Interventions to Interrupt or Reduce the Spread of Respiratory Viruses: Systematic Review” British Medical Journal, Vol. 399, 9/22/09, bmj.com
“A Whole Industry Is Waiting for a Pandemic” Johann Grolle and Veronika Hackenbroch, Der Spiegel, 7/21/09, spiegel.de
“Trans Fats Are Leaving The Food Supply And The Body, Study Finds” Allison Aubrey and Eliza Barclay, NPR, 2/9/12, npr.org