What Really Is A Flu Vaccine?

By: Dr. Paul Mach, DN

It’s funny in this day and age when our military is refusing vaccinations, and we are discovering how the medical industry actually comes up with those “statistics” about the efficacy rate of vaccinations and pharmaceutical drugs; that people still swarm for the magic in those little syringes containing decomposed proteins.

So what really is this flu vaccine that the public has been anxiously awaiting?

Vaccines are viruses nurtured on decomposed proteins of animal egg or human origin. Eggs are predominantly used in the manufacture of flu vaccines. In addition to this already hazardous concoction, the following drugs are added: Formaldehyde, which is a poisonous drug used to embalm dead bodies. It is also a cause of arthritis. Even the dust particles and fumes from urea formaldehyde used in some wall insulation can cause arthritis when inhaled, not to mention injected. In fact “The harvested virus is concentrated, purified, then inactivated (killed) with formaldehyde.” “The virus is then chemically disrupted using Polyethylene Glycol p-Isooctylphenyl Ether.” “The vaccine contains the chemical thimerosal (a mercury derivative) as a preservative.” (Please note: all quotes are from the medical package insert, for doctors’ use or for those who care to warn their patients of possible side effects.)

Very interesting you might say, but we have yet to begin. “If this product is to be used in an immunization program sponsored by an organization where a traditional physician patient relationship does not exist, each participant, or legal guardian, should be made aware of the possible risks and adverse events that that have been associated with the use of the influenza virus vaccines, including the possible risk of a form of paralysis known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Information about possible side effects and adverse events is presented below, and informed consent, preferably written should be obtained from the intended recipient, or legal guardian, before vaccine administration.”

There are long columns of fine print so please continue to read some of these interesting goodies that follow that you soon may be putting into your arm. Oh, and if you are thinking that complications are extremely rare, guess again. “With the array of dangerous poisons in the flu vaccine is it any wonder that people have dropped dead within a few hours after their shot? The death certificates in vaccine cases are often falsified and other causes given. In a hearing after the swine flu vaccine deaths, the death certificates frequently gave heart failure as the cause of the deaths. But statements from the families said the victims had never had any history of heart trouble, but died within hours of their flu shot.”

CONTRAINDICATIONS: YOU’LL BE AMAZED! “Influenza virus vaccine should not be administered to individuals with a history of hypersensitivity (allergy) to chicken egg or to any components of influenza virus vaccine, including thimerosal, without first consulting a physician. …. Epinephrine injection must be immediately available should an acute anaphylactoid reaction occur due to any component of the vaccine.”

“Side effects of influenza vaccination are generally inconsequential in adults and occur at low frequency, but at younger ages side effects may be more common. Because influenza vaccine contains only non-infectious viruses, it cannot cause influenza. Occasional cases of respiratory disease following vaccination represent coincidental illnesses unrelated to the influenza vaccination. The most frequent side effect of vaccination is soreness at the vaccination site for up to two days. These local reactions generally are mild and rarely interfere with the ability to conduct usual daily activities.”

“Immediate, presumably allergic reactions such as hives, angioedema, allergic asthma or systemic anaphylaxis occur rarely after influenza vaccination.”

“There have been rare reports of Guillain-Barr Syndrome following receipt of influenza virus vaccine. GBS is an uncommon illness characterized by ascending paralysis, which is usually self-limited and reversible. Though most persons with GBS recover without residual weakness, approximately 5% of cases are fatal…During five of six seasons studied since 1976, the point estimates of the relative risks of GBS after influenza vaccination were slightly elevated: however, in none of these studies was the overall elevation in relative risk statistically significant. In the two most recently studied seasons, the combined number of GBS cases peaked 2 weeks after vaccination. Data from all of these studies suggest that if an increased relative risk does exist, it is lower for persons aged >65 years than for those 18 to 65 years of age…Other neurologic disorders, including encephalopathies not defined as GBS, have been temporally associated with influenza vaccination.”

Well there you have it. The straight information. Rarely does a problem occur. If I was selling you my car and I told you that rarely it would break down and leave you stranded on the highway, would you buy it? Hopefully the rare occasion won’t occur to you or someone you love. It makes me laugh because they are now advertising on the radio about the new chicken pox vaccine. They state that every year 40 children die of chicken pox. They go on to say that this isn’t a lot of children, but you wouldn’t want it to be your child. How many fatal cases occur from flu vaccinations? Probably very, very few (unless you are allergic to eggs than you may go into anaphylactic shock, oops), but my question is why risk it? And what about the many hush-hush lawsuits that frequently occur when children accidentally die from their immunizations and other vaccines, but that’s another story.

So we go like Pavlovian pets to get the shot to avoid the flu you might say. Ha, Ha here is the part where I get to show you where truth is stranger and often funnier than fiction. “Influenza A & B are the two types of influenza viruses that cause epidemic human disease. Influenza A viruses are further categorized into subtypes based on two surface antigens: hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). influenza B viruses are not categorized into subtypes. Both influenza A and B viruses are further separated into groups based on antigenic characteristics. New influenza virus variants result from frequent antigenic change (i.e., antigenic drift) resulting from point mutations that occur during viral replication. Influenza B viruses under go antigenic drift less rapidly than influenza A viruses. Since 1977, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza a (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses have been in global circulation. A person’s immunity to the surface antigens, especially hemagglutinin, reduces the likelihood of infection and the severity of disease if infection occurs. However, antibody against one influenza virus type or subtype confers little or no protection against another virus type or subtype. Furthermore, antibody to one antigenic variant of influenza virus might not protect against a new antigenic variant of the same type or subtype. The frequent development of antigenic variants through antigenic drift is the virologic basis for seasonal epidemics and the reason for the incorporation of one or more new strains in each year’s influenza vaccine.”

So the next logical question for those of you think or have studied logic or philosophy is of the millions of “A & B flu bug strains” running around and antigenically drifting out there this year is this putrefied stuff going to protect me from. We’re betting on thousands…right? Wrong. Well folks here it is. This is the list of all the flu’s that the 2000-2001 vaccination has any capability of protecting you from: “A/New Caledonia/20/99(H1N1), A/Panama/2007/99(H3N2) and a B/Yamanashi/166/98” That’s all folks. Millions of dollars will be made at $5 - $20 a shot. And you are only protected from these three. An Oceania (Australian Island) bug, a South American bug and of course we can’t forget those Asian buggers. This would all be so funny if it wasn’t so darn scary and pathetic.

Prevention is your best protection.
Not immunization.
Not early detection.
And not blood letting or leeches.