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The Big Jab: The Truth Behind The Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Autor:   •  March 8, 2011  •  Essay  •  3,289 Words (14 Pages)  •  1,010 Views

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I enter 8 Dimension's Health, a chiropractic and Chinese Medicine office, and am welcomed warmly by a smiling receptionist. She tells me to sign in and have a seat while I wait for my acupuncture appointment. While waiting I observe the various pamphlets on the walls and I come across something odd. I notice a large, rather threatening, bright yellow poster board handing on the window. In large red letters reads a sarcastic message, "The flu shot will NOT be here today," obviously to mock other signs that happily imply availability of seasonal flu shots, such as at Walgreens pharmacies. Baffled by such a direct and assertive message I decided to read a printed paper below the large yellow sign titled, "Do you know what's in a flu shot?" I then asked myself the question and realized never before had I given thought to what was in a flu shot, their effectiveness, their potential complications and risks, or where they even came from. It was at this moment I realized the average person probably never had either.

Every year it is reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the estimated number of deaths caused by influenza, or the flu, to be about 36,000, and estimates nearly 200,000 individuals are hospitalized annually due to the seasonal virus. It is because of these reported estimates the CDC spends about $19 million tax-payer dollars on advertising seasonal flu shots annually across the United States, which happens to be more than all of the money the CDC spends on vaccine safety research every year (Generation Rescue). Due to this large marketing campaign many average American citizens, as well as medical professionals, are beginning to question the data provided by the CDC on seasonal influenza vaccines and are investigating the safety of these highly promoted shots. Luckily, there is quite a large amount of information available to the general public, such as official documents provided by the CDC itself, so this mystery can become clearer.

Unfortunately information that is available is not read by or researched by the average person who has never had a reason to do so. One of these pieces of information is the ingredient list of the most common, and overly supplied, flu vaccines given to the general public. While it is governmental law that all information about any medicine, vaccine, or treatment be provided to patients, of the ten to twenty per cent of Americans that receive the seasonal flu shot, very few ever see the package inserts for the vaccines. Upon reading the package insert for Fluarix by GlaxoSmithKline, some of the ingredients listed are thimerosal (mercury), three flu strains, formaldehyde, and chicken embryo DNA.

It is interesting many people are not aware mercury is used in many influenza vaccines as an anti-bacterial in the multi-dose bottles. According to a parent-led organization that promotes vaccine safety, a survey given to 9,000 American's

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