How many people do you know who avoid the flu shot? It’s probably more than you realize because a lot of folks are afraid to admit it. They feel like they’re getting away with something. They feel the pressure to get vaccinated, but at the same time, they are quite averse to getting it. Do they know something others don’t?
The fact is, the fear of the influenza virus has been whipped up by a massive media campaign that starts up every year in order to strike fear into people and sell more vaccinations. In reality, the flu is not half as dangerous as it’s made out to be. According to Dr. Robert Scott Bell, the media’s work to strike flu fear into the hearts of consumers is almost entirely unfounded.
Recently, U.S. health officials released a scare message claiming that flights from Saudi Arabia were heavily contaminated with a strong strain of the flu that could spread and cause casualties. But in the end, of the 100 passengers from one targeted flight- just two people had the flu. And there were no reports of it spreading in the days that followed.
If you think back, it’s easy to see that scares like this always come from an alleged foreign contamination. There was the Chinese bird flu and African Ebola. Neither of these ever effected more than a handful of people in the U.S. There are over 300 million people living in this country, and 12 total victims of two huge epidemics hardly qualifies as a major health crisis.
Last year, we had the global flu scare. We were told that it was an unusually communicable virus, that it made its way around the world in just a few weeks. Literally, dozens of people died from it.
Dozens? Really? Yes, really.
Fewer than 100 deaths out of 7 billion people is not cause for a panic and certainly not cause for hundreds of millions of people to run out and get vaccinated. The truth is it is perfectly normal that a small number of people will die each flu season.
Those who are killed by the flu are usually the elderly, the very young, and the very ill. These are people who could be killed by just about anything. Not meaning to sound calloused, but the people who die from flu are standing with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel long before the flu ever showed up.
Statistically speaking, the risk of dying from taking Tylenol is much greater than the risk of dying from the flu. But vaccines are big business. And if you’re in the news game- it’s great for ratings.
Consider the fact that Reuters reported on that Saudi flight we mentioned that 11 people had been quarantined and that two tested positive for a respiratory infection. That’s a pretty light casualty list for an event that we were told would trigger a flu epidemic.
Every year, we get the same thing- inflated and irrational appraisals of the dangers of the flu. The hospital reports never bear out the danger we are warned of- but the flu vaccines sell like hotcakes (which sell pretty well, we’re told). But there’s good reason to doubt the effectiveness and even the safety of the vaccines.
The reason we’re told we need a new vaccine each year is the flu virus mutates. That’s true, it does mutate. But the dead “retrovirus” that comes in the vaccine is last year’s virus. How on Earth can exposure to last year’s virus stimulate the immune system to create a defense against this year’s new strain? It doesn’t make sense.
On top of that, the virus in the vaccine is supposed to be dead. It would be crumbling, changed, and hardly a virus at all as far as your immune defense system is concerned. There’s no reason to believe the body would even recognize it as a virus.
In addition to reasonable doubt about the effectiveness of the flu shot, there are also reasons to believe it may do more harm than good.
One reason for this is that, vaccine manufacturers cannot guarantee that all of the retrovirus is actually dead. That means there’s a good chance that the flu vaccine will actually just give you the flu. In fact, most people say they tend to get the flu after getting the shot.
Of course, there’s also mercury- the single most deadly neurotoxin known to man- and that’s a hell of a lot scarier than the flu.