Every winter, the question of whether or not to get a flu vaccine enters our minds. I, personally, do not get a flu vaccine, but you need to decide for yourselves. Here are the pros and cons:
First of all, what are the mainstream medicine recommendations? These are based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): “Routine annual influenza vaccination of all persons aged 6 months and older continues to be recommended.”
Now, for some investigation into the science behind vaccinations.
Let’s hear from the Cochrane Collaboration Database, which is an unbiased source of information. On their website, the Cochrane Collaboration states: “We do not accept commercial or conflicted funding – this is vital for us to generate authoritative and reliable information, produced by people who can work freely, unconstrained by commercial and financial interests.”
In their review of all current scientific literature, the Cochrane Collaboration finds that flu vaccines are not effective before age 2 in children. They also found that 2% of unvaccinated people vs. 1% of vaccinated people got the flu. Vaccination had a modest effect on time off work and had no effect on hospital admissions or complication rates.
So, the reasons we are told for getting flu shots, such as less likelihood of getting the flu, less lost work time, less hospitalization, and less flu complications turn out to be questionable.
The Cochrane Collaboration also said:
“Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favourable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions.” This means that pharmaceutical company funded vaccines studies are much more likely to show benefit, where university and government funded studies are much less likely to show that vaccines work.
What Does This Mean for YOU?
This means that you need to take your health into your own hands, which you already knew. Implement the following measures to reduce the chance of getting sick this winter:
1) Handwashing: Use regular, not antibacterial, soaps and wash frequently.
2) Social Distance: Sick people need to stay home. Keep a distance from co-workers and family members who are ill. Wipe down phones and keyboards that you share with other people.
3) Sleep: Now is the time get adequate sleep. Your immunity depends on getting a lot of deep sleep.
4) Nutrition: Sugar and refined white flour foods suppress your immune response. Stick to a healthy, whole food, varied vegetables and lean protein diet.
5) Supplements to boost your immune system:
- New You Biotic Boost-Probiotics-Our gastrointestinal tract is the first line of defense against infectious agents. Fortifying your intestinal function with a high quality probiotic supplement gives you added defenses against the flu. Take one capsule per day
- New You Replenish D Forte-Vitamin D-a high dose Vitamin D supplement helps your immune system function better to kill unwanted invaders. Take one capsule per day.
- WholeMune-a highly effective beta glucan which primes immune cells to work better at killing viruses like the flu. Take one capsule per day
- Immucore-designed to provide a multipronged approach to support immune system health through enhancing functions of immune active white blood cells. This formula features Ultra Potent-C®—developed for enhanced cellular uptake of vitamin C—combined with zinc, selenium and a concentrated blend of mushroom extracts. Take 3 tablets twice a day.
The Sklar Center has all of these helpful supplements to keep you healthy during flu season. You can purchase them separately or in the Sklar Center Immune Essentials Kit (10% discount).