Are you going to get the FLU vaccine?

As summer ends and fall begins we get bombarded by advertising for the Flu vaccine. We are told time and time again that it is safe and effective and that everyone should have one. This includes the young, the old, and everyone in between. Now, do you know if the vaccine is in fact safe? Is it even effective in protecting you against the flu? Does your doctor tell you that you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine?

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Well according to GlasxoSmithKline, the makers of the Flulaval vaccine, “there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL” and “FLULAVAL is approved for use in persons 18 years of age and older”.

Now we all here about people getting the flu after getting the flu shot. Well here is a small list of adverse reactions to the vaccine according to the site.

“The most common (≥10%) solicited injection site reactions were pain (51%), redness (13%), and/or swelling (11%); the most common solicited systemic adverse events were fatigue (20%), headache (18%), and myalgia/arthralgia (18%).”

This list looks awfully similar to flu symptoms.

Also for pregnant or nursing woman and children they say this “Safety and effectiveness of FLULAVAL have not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children.”

Bottom line is be careful when deciding if you or your loved ones will be injected with a flu vaccine. It is not proven safe or effective even according to the manufacturer.

You can read the label for the Flulaval vaccine here.

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