Should I get the flu vaccine?

Should I get the flu vaccine?

(I wrote this article not to be negative but to encourage people to become empowered about their health and learn to research simple articles in order to make great decisions.)

Every year about this time people are constantly asking me what is my opinion on the flu vaccine. I am always hesitant in giving my opinion because of my horrible experience.
Years ago, I was working in the Emergency Room and the hospital I worked for was giving the flu shots to all the employees free of charge. I was fairly young and mostly did what everybody else did instead of researching things as I do today. That simple flu shot was the first and last one I ever received and swore to myself I would never do it again! Exactly seven days after getting the small injection in my arm, I almost died. I had the worse case of flu that I have ever had in my life.

Since my “flu shot” experience, I have always wondered how many people died from the flu after receiving the flu shot. Every year the CDC, Center For Disease Control, reports data on influenza deaths. I have always wondered if the CDC kept the statistics differing the ones with flu shots verses the deaths without. I did the research and could not find the answer.

Recently I came across a published article written by a Harvard graduate named Peter Doshi. He stated, “ there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistic data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear- a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire “outcomes” during flu seasons.”

So I must be fair and give you what the CDC themselves say. “CDC feels it is important to convey the full burden of seasonal flu to the public. Seasonal flu is a serious disease that causes illness, hospitalizations, and deaths every year in the United States. CDC estimates of annual influenza-associated deaths in the United States are made using well-established scientific methods that have been reviewed by scientists outside of CDC.”

Well, there is still a lot of questions in my mind, but if you ask me if I will get the flu shot (of any kind), the answer is a loud NO. The research has shown that after the H1N1 vaccine, there were many complications and deaths. This is only my opinion and I encourage you not to let my answer interfere with you but I encourage you to do the research yourself and make up your own mind.

 

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