** p.s. 3 days after posting this: Please check out this Web site. Business cards with what you need to know about flu shots (ingredients & possible side effects, plus links to more info). So great to see these cards & the Web site! Very practical. I ordered 100 & have been distributing them here & there...
It's flu season!
Here in Toronto we're being positively inundated with exhortations to get the flu shot. It's on the "news" both radio & TV, on billboards at the side of the road, at the drugstore. Even some grocery stores are inviting folks to roll up their sleeves while shopping, I've heard. Talk about aggressive promotion; yikes!
I myself have never had a flu shot. Not once, not ever. I don't know why I was always skeptical about them ... maybe because my mother & stepfather used to get them every year, & every year didn't they go & get sick ... right after they'd had their flu shot! (I meanwhile, didn't get sick at all ... without it.)
I certainly knew no specifics whatsoever about what's in flu vaccines. Or what possible side effects there might be.
Why? Nobody ever talked about that. (Nobody is talking about it still! Just rolling up their sleeves in a very trusting way, having NOT read the manufacturer's product insert. Hmmm. Can this really be a good idea??)
Okay. Enough chat.
Here are a bunch of links. Check out a variety of information for yourself! Become informed. This is how we make informed choices, & give "informed consent."
What follows is a mixture of material from Canada & the U.S. I've put it all in alphabetical order, because it looks like a dog's breakfast otherwise.
As I've learned (as will you, if you take the time to make use of some of these links), the pharmaceutical industry is not exactly upfront with us about what their products contain.
Best to be skeptical about industry claims that their vaccines are "safe and effective." This applies to the flu vaccine as well as to all the other ones they produce & promote. Your health is at stake! You need to feel confident about what someone is proposing to put into your body. Or your child's body.
Please educate yourself! We cannot provide "informed consent" & say "Yes" to vaccines, if we have not bothered to take the time to become informed & learn about their contents, the possible side effects, & vaccines' efficacy (i.e., whether or not they actually work to prevent flu).
CDC Excipients List (flu information is under 'Influenza.' Formaldehyde in most of the ones listed. Thimerosal (mercury derivative used as a preservative) in many.
CDC Nasal Mist Flu Vaccine Not Effective (this clip from 2016. CDC recommends against its use in the U.S.. But ... still in use in Ontario, apparently!)
Doctor supports NOT getting a Flu Shot (3 minute YouTube)
Flu information from VCC (Vaccine Choice Canada)
(Additional info from VCC: "Unfortunately, vaccine manufacturers are not required to list every ingredient or trace amounts of ingredients nor all the details about the manufacturing process (which may, as is the case with mercury, leave small but still-significant amounts of harmful substances in the finished product). This Canadian government webpage provides types and contents of licensed vaccines in Canada And this CDC page lists the declared excipients in vaccines licensed in the U.S.") Here.
Flu information from NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center)
Flu information from Vaccine Awareness Network (includes a good list of possible side effects)
Health Canada info on vaccine contents Note: at least 3 of them list Thimerosal (which is mercury-based) in the Potential Allergens column
Heavy Metals Toxicity and the Environment - from the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (** I include this because of its reference to mercury)
Because of their high degree of toxicity, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury rank among the priority metals that are of public health significance. These metallic elements are considered systemic toxicants that are known to induce multiple organ damage, even at lower levels of exposure. They are also classified as human carcinogens (known or probable) according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This review provides an analysis of their environmental occurrence, production and use, potential for human exposure, and molecular mechanisms of toxicity, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity.
If You Refuse the Flu Shot, by Dr. Rona (Vitality Magazine, November 2017 issue)
Dr. Rona article in Vitality magazine (2009)
The Real Truth Behind Flu Shots (7 minute YouTube, Dr. Mercola)
Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, book by by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"Thimerosal Is Still a Major Vaccine Ingredient
In the early 2000s there was a major push to remove thimerosal from vaccines, but it never took the form of law. Instead, vaccine makers were encouraged to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in their vaccines on a voluntary basis. Some did so, but according to Grundvig, even vaccines that claim to be thimerosal-free are not entirely devoid of it.
"If you read the labels, it says 'thimerosal-depleted' … They remove [thimerosal] in the process. It's filtered out, but it's not filtered out 100 percent. There's still thimerosal in all of the thimerosal-containing vaccines as there were before, just a lot less. However, in the flu vaccine, it's full bore thimerosal.
It's the cheapest and fastest way to make it. I don't think that vaccine makers are interested in changing the 20th century recipe to making vaccines. It's cheap and fast. That's all they care about. They do not care about safety. They don't care about children's health. With poor children's health, they are able to take care of children, on the other end … with drugs and treatments and so forth. They continuously make money off every American citizen out there," Grundvig says." From Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC
'Trace Amounts' is a documentary about a major vaccine injury related to "trace amounts" of thimerosal in a tetanus vaccine. Terrifically worth watching to get a history of both thimerosal use in vaccines (the research on its "safety"; enough to curl your hair!?), & autism. Highly recommended!
VACCINE INGREDIENTS: You can find the product "monograph" or "insert" for Influvac (the vaccine currently being used for Canadians age 18 - whatever), here. It's 28 pages long. It contains plenty of information that may surprise you. Please DO read it! All the way through. Read about contents, possible side effects, who should not take the vaccine, etc. etc. If you're having a child vaccinated with Fluzone Quadrivalent, you must read that product monograph (or "insert") also! (Find it here.) It will help you decide whether your child really ought to be taking the risks that are laid out there. (Be sure to check under the category of ADVERSE REACTIONS. Whoa.) They even admit the bloody thing may not be effective at preventing the flu!?
Note: at this Web site, Got Your Flu Shot? you can find the manufacturers' inserts for all the different flu vaccines being "offered" to us this year. Very convenient! This information is from the horse's mouth, as it were (i.e. the product manufacturers).
Remember: informed consent means being told the risks UPFRONT!
If you are a pregnant woman, you must ask yourself: can it be wise to expose a fetus to these substances in utero? Be sure to read the article above about flu shots during pregnancy, & the risk of autism.