Despite having two autoimmune conditions, I do not get a flu shot.
The average flu shot may contain a few strains of the flu that they are guessing will come to America. So in that shot you may only be protected against 4 of the 50 or so possible flu strains. So you may or may not be vaccinating against a flu you may or may not come in contact with. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/virusqa.htm
Another reason I avoid the flu shot is because of the many chemicals it contains, such as:
-egg protein -sucrose -gelatin -polysorbate 80 -aluminum salts -formaldehyde -thimerosal/mercury
-GMO yeast, animal bacterial & Viral DNA
-gentamicin sulfate & polymyxin B
-human & animal cells
This is going right into our blood stream. No time in history has a natural compound been shot into the blood stream. Normally we eat food or herbs which get processed and filtered by our digestion before it ever gets into our blood stream. These chemicals have been linked to nerve damage, cancer, allergic reactions, Alzheimer’s, dementia, tumors, toxicity, autism, epilepsy, compromised immune systems and retardation etc.
The CDC lists the following as possible side effects from taking the flu shot:
“According to the CDC, mild side effects from the flu shot include soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, low-grade fever, and aches. Only about 1 percent to 2 percent of people who get a flu shot will have fever as a side effect, Schaffner said.
Rare but serious side effects can occur, including allergic reactions. Symptoms of serious side effects include difficulty breathing, swelling around the eyes or lips, hives, racing heart, dizziness and high fever. If you experience serious side effects, you should seek medical care immediately, the CDC says.
For children, side effects from the flu nasal spray can include runny nose, wheezing, headache, vomiting, muscle aches and fever. For adults, side effects include runny nose, headache, sore throat and cough. These side effects last a short time compared to the actual flu illness, the CDC says.” http://www.livescience.com/40279-flu-shot-information.html
LiveStrong points out that the FluMist contains live ingredients as well as MSG, which has been proven to cause many reactions in the body from mild to severe.
“FluMist is a nasal spray developed by MedImmune. The major difference between FluMist and the traditional flu shot is that FluMist contains a live attenuated (or weakened) virus as its active ingredient, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Live, but weakened viruses allow better immunity to the flu than dead viruses. In addition, the FDA states that FluMist contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, and gentamicin sulfate. Do alert your doctor if you have allergies to any of these other ingredients.” http://www.livestrong.com/article/72306-flu-vaccine-ingredients/