Taking a Shot at the Flu
Take the Flu Shot, or Not?
To many Americans, the idea of a flu shot is simple enough: Pay for a quick injection, don’t worry about getting sick. Without further investigation, this concept is easy to grasp. The reality is much more dangerous. Part of the danger stems from the chemicals used to create the flu vaccine. The other part is due to the sheer amount of injections lawmakers and health professionals (aka- pharmaceutical companies) will be pitching to us.
As it turns out, flu shots are more harmful than they are protective.In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are, at best, 50 to 60 percent effective at preventing lab confirmed influenza requiring medical care.1
Rate of Failure
First, let’s address an all-too-common example of flawed logic. “If I get the flu vaccine this year, I will avoid getting the flu”. By not getting sick you do not prove the flu shot effective. If you consistently live a healthy lifestyle, you probably wouldn’t have gotten the flu—vaccine or no vaccine.
Avoiding illness for a year has much less to do with injecting a dead or nearly dead virus directly into your bloodstream than it does with consuming the right nutrients and staying active. Unfortunately, in many cases, the tiny exposure to a virus can trigger allergic reactions that otherwise wouldn’t have appeared.
All in all, flu shots most common side effects are fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches—the symptoms of the flu itself. 
Full of Toxins
We’re usually reading the nutrition facts of our favorite foods, then are blindly missing the ingredients of the vaccines commonly that the medical industry is raving about. Several of these chemicals are actually well-known poisons.
Thimerosal is a common preservative that is in many vaccines. Better known as mercury, the laws of California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York and Washington are current banning the inclusion of thimerosal. Scandinavia is denying it’s inclusion, and the United Kingdom will not include thimerosal in the child’s version either. However, it is still commonly used in flu vaccines. 
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a regular feature in vaccinations. MSG was infamously vilified for its use in Chinese take-out. It destroys the brain’s appetite control center and can consequently lead to overeating and weight gain. Yet, it is still allowed for use in vaccinations. 
Another common ingredient is porcine gelatin. This ingredient comes from pigs, notoriously toxic animals that literally live in their own filth. This also causes allergic reactions.
Kids are susceptible to illness. As infants and toddlers, their immune systems are still developing. As they enter school, they are in contact with dozens of other sick children. At adolescence, they eat and eat and eat, increasing their probability of consuming toxins and dangerous processed foods. However, encouraging proper nutrition and keeping children active can keep their immune systems strong enough to fight off the flu.
Smart choices are cheaper and safer than dozens of vaccines.
A 2002 study has shown that children who’ve received the flu shot are 14 times more likely to develop asthma, and more than nine times more likely to develop eczema. 
On the whole, the flu shot is not nearly as effective as it is widely assumed to be. A number of various side effects come with the shot, and still it has yet to show to it can actually offer protection from the flu virus. Blindly paying for a flu shot can incur consequences you’ve never considered. Choose the healthier, less publicized option. Smart choices in the supermarket and a consistent fitness routine can fight illness as much as a sterile syringe.
Looking for more info about the flu shot? To welcome the upcoming flu season, you can contact your nearest Maximized Living doctor for more information.