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Is Getting the Flu Vaccine Year after Year Harmful?

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Is Getting the Flu Vaccine Year after Year Harmful?

Is Getting the Flu Vaccine Year after Year Harmful?
November 07
21:46 2018

There is growing concern from many health-conscience people about the necessity and risks of many vaccines.

One of those concerns has nothing to do with what the vaccine is for, but the compounds used in the vaccine. There are claims that some of the elements used in many vaccines are potentially harmful.

According to one source:

“Aside from antigens, ingredient components of a vaccine include adjuvants, added to enhance the immune system response; antibiotics, to prevent contamination during the manufacturing process; and preservatives and stabilizers.”

“These additional ingredients are often a source of concern for wary parents and patients.”

Among the ingredients found in vaccines are Thimerosal (ethylmercury), formaldehyde, aluminum, antibiotics, gelatin and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Why are these things added?

Ethylmercury has is used as a preservative, mainly in flu vaccines.

Formaldehyde actually helps to activate the viruses and detoxify bacterial toxins.

Aluminum is used because it makes the immune system more responsive to the vaccine.

Antibiotics are added to help prevent any possible bacterial infection.

Gelatin is both a preservative and a stabilizer for the vaccine.

Monosodium glutamate is also used a preservative and stabilizer.

Yes, some of those components found in many vaccines are scary, but most health experts say that the amounts anyone receives while getting vaccinated are so small that it poses no real threat. However, many are still concerned that these small amounts can build up and become larger amounts with repeated vaccines.

Others are concerned that getting the flu vaccine year after year can not only be harmful due to the items listed below, but they claim that it makes one more susceptible to getting the flu. Is there any credibility to this concern?

A recent report on a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) answers that concern.

The study asked the question:

“Is prior-season vaccination associated with vaccine effectiveness by type in children aged 2 to 17 years?”

To do that, the researchers:

“This multiseason, test-negative case-control study was conducted in outpatient clinics at 4 US sites among children aged 2 to 17 years with a medically attended febrile acute respiratory illness. Participants were recruited during the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016 seasons when influenza circulated locally. Cases were children with influenza confirmed by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. Test-negative control individuals were children with negative test results for influenza.”

“Vaccination history, including influenza vaccine type received in the enrollment season (live attenuated influenza vaccine [LAIV], inactivated influenza vaccine [IIV], or no vaccine) and season before enrollment (LAIV, IIV, or no vaccine), determined from medical records and immunization registries.”

Guess what they found?

“Conclusions and Relevance  Influenza VE varied by influenza type and subtype and vaccine type, but prior-season vaccination was not associated with reduced VE. These findings support current recommendations for annual influenza vaccination of children.”

The bottom line is that based on this study, they recommend getting a flu vaccine every year, noting that the effects generally begin wearing off in about 6 months or so, and in some cases, prior vaccines can actually increase the effectiveness of current vaccine.

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5 Comments

  1. Peter
    Peter November 08, 11:43

    Any negative effects of the flu vaccine is far outweighed by the possible disastrous problems associated with contracting the flu. Especially in the very young and aging population.

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  2. snowing
    snowing November 08, 11:48

    I have not felt well since I had my vaccine for a flu shot on October 16th. I was thinking maybe it was caused from previously having a pneumonia shot and a Hepatitis shot a month agol

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  3. Allen
    Allen November 08, 21:01

    The article does not answer this question. ” However, many are still concerned that these small amounts can build up and become larger amounts with repeated vaccines.”

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  4. Allen
    Allen November 08, 21:07

    I read an article yesterday that stated kids who have not been vaccinated are less likely to have a multitude of side effects, such as asthma, ADHD, allergies…etc.!

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  5. Tammy
    Tammy November 09, 22:21

    Ever since 1977 when the swine flu was announced and people were encouraged then to get the shot. I opted out and have ever since then. First I don’t know what is in the vaccine and Second I trust that my own body can and will build up immunity to what ever is out there. So far it’s worked. Yes I get sick once in a while but my body ends up building a resistance to what ever strain of viruses that are out there. God made us all in his own image and man is constantly trying to mess it up. I trust in GOD not man. Haven’t ever taken the shot and will not. Don’t trust the FDA or big pharma. If I get sick and die then it was my time to go. PERIOD.

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