It starts just around Halloween, those commercials that warn of the oncoming flu season. News programs take full advantage of a poorly informed public, touting a stronger-than-ever flu season, though in reality even researchers don’t know exactly which strain will actually hit. And these ill-informed individuals quickly line up for the annual shot that is supposed to keep them protected.
And if the flu shot were as effective as medical professionals make it out to be, then perhaps it may be beneficial. But the reality is that the flu shot is nowhere near as effective as doctors and pharmacists make it out to be. The Centers For Disease Control website even states that “determining how well a flu vaccine works is challenging.” Yet you can get one of these somewhat effective shots practically anywhere these days. You can even get a quick dose while grocery shopping since most stores have their own in-house pharmacy.
While many are quick to sign up and offer their arm for a quick stick, others tend to be more hesitant and rightly so. If one were to ask an avid flu shot recipient, “do you know what’s actually in there,” chances are they would probably say “no.” In fact, many probably don’t know that the shot that may or may not offer immunity does offer something else, a dose of mercury.
Thimerosal is a preservative that has been administered in vaccines since the 1930s. It is comprised of a whopping 50 percent mercury by weight and was most prominently found in childhood vaccinations but is also present in certain ophthalmic and nasal solutions as well. In large doses, thimerosal has been proven to cause severe neurologic and developmental problems. However, research has shown that at chronic low doses, this dangerous additive can lead to “subtle neurologic abnormalities” in young children.
The Centers for Disease Control and the FDA claimed for years that thimerosal was safe. However in 1999 Public Health Service agencies and the American Academy of Pediatrics declared that use of the additive should be reduced if not eliminated as a “safety precaution.”
The question then should be, why do we still see this dangerous preservative in the very shot that we urge pregnant women and children to line up for each year? Wouldn’t an annual flu shot be considered a “chronic low dose?”
So before you fall victim to the annual flu shot hype, think twice before you line up for your yearly shot of mercury.
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