Exerpts from article by Mark Hyman, MD Dec. 16, 2013
The government says everybody should get the flu shot every year. But does it work? Is it safe? And do we really need it?
One very reliable way to determine the effectiveness of the flu shot is to look at the database analysis presented by The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent group of scientists who have no link to any industry or government agencies. After analyzing all of the data on the flu shot, they have concluded that it really doesn’t work well. It doesn’t even cover most of the influenza infections that people get.
Dr. Hyman states that for certain populations, such as people with imune disorders, that he thinks the vacine may be a good idea. But for the general public he states.... I don’t think the flu shot is necessary. I know this goes against government recommendations, and I know there’s a lot of controversy about it. But I encourage you to do your own homework.
Here’s one dirty little secret about the flu shot: it contains mercury. Most of the flu shots that are administered in the US are from multi-dose vials, which contain multiple flu shots in one little vial. To preserve it, they add mercury or Thimerosal. A cumulative dose of Thimerosal over your lifetime could have a negative impact on your health, because mercury is a known toxin. It causes immune problems and neurologic problems like dementia, memory issues, and other issues. So, if you’re going to get the flu shot, make sure it comes from a single-dose vial, which doesn’t have Thimerosal in it.
- The flu shot doesn’t work well, and there are many other things you can do to stay healthy.
- It may contain mercury, so if you do get the shot, be sure avoid the kind that comes in a multi-dose vial with Thimerosal added.