Would you care to add in the information about how largely ineffective the flu shot is in most years, sometimes as low as 10%, and that it can temporarily depress your immune system, making you more susceptible to other strains of the flu? How about the fact that flu deaths are on the rise, despite aggressive vaccination campaigns? Some vaccines are necessary, but you couldn’t pay me to get a flu shot.

  • New research in the Journal of Virology found that the seasonal flu vaccine may weaken children’s immune systems and potentially increase their chances of catching other influenza viruses
  • Children who did not receive a flu shot naturally built up more antibodies across a wider variety of influenza strains compared to vaccinated children
  • There are many unanswered questions about whether or not the flu shot is safe and effective as more studies are published showing it is neither
  • It is primarily the state of your health and immune system that determines whether or not you will get sick from being exposed to viral or bacterial organisms associated with infectious diseases like the flu. While healthy lifestyle choices will boost your immunity, vaccinations can be immune-suppressing

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