What is a Flu Shot?
Article by Michael Tibus
I think it is safe to say that nobody wants to get sick; it’s kind of a given. Some take the proper precautions on a daily basis in order to stay healthy. They eat right, take the necessary vitamins, exercise, and get sufficient rest. It seems like this lifestyle would lead one down the road to excellent health. It seems that some have come to the conclusion that injecting a virus laden vaccine will do the job in making us immune to the flu. Have you ever wondered, what exactly is a flu shot?
What is a flu shot? The flu shot consists of three influenza viruses – The Influenza A strain, an H1N1 strain (the same name but unlike the pandemic 2009 strain), and the Influenza B strain. Apparently, the individual strains vary from year to year. According to the Center for Disease Control, the viruses in the flu shot are “inactivated” which means they are no longer capable of causing infection. Interestingly, they say that the viruses are never alive and they cannot be killed like bacteria. If they are “never alive” then why do they need to be inactivated?
One of the components used to “inactivate” the virus is a derivative of formaldehyde, a known highly toxic human carcinogen. Does that sound healthy to you? It reminds me of one of those drugs that cures one thing and causes 10 other problems to the body. Additionally, multi-dose vials of the H1N1 vaccine approved by the FDA contain thimerisol, a mercury containing compound. I am now convinced that I don’t want this shot anywhere near my body. How do you feel?
There are some who are forced to get this shot at their places of employment. I have a good friend who works as a nurse and she said that the flu shot was mandatory. If she refused to take the shot she would have to wear a mask for three months. It might seem a bit uncomfortable but the mask sounds very inviting to me.
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Michael has been working in the medical field as an EMT for the last 16 years and has been a consultant for the health and wellness firm, Immunotec, since October 2008. His goal is to educate you regarding ways to ensure that your health reaches an optimum level and it stays that way. If you would like to comment on this article and others like it please visit My Blog . If you would like to learn more about or purchase some products mentioned in the article please visit the Product Page.
What the mask looked like after Mikki peeled it off of my face!
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