Every day we make decisions based on our own judgment, independently of it being the most accurate choice or not. Knowing that smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and consuming fast-food products causes serious health problems does not stop people from doing all these things, right? You are entitled to your own body, and you have a right to decide what you want to do with/to it. And while your children are too young to decide for themselves, you decide for them. Hence, you determine what they eat, wear, drink, etc.
I am not against vaccination. My parents vaccinated me since I was a toddler, and I have continued to keep my immunizations up to date in my adulthood. Every time I travel I make sure to research the vaccines I need to get before starting my journey. I recently had to get the set of Hepatitis B shots due to the high risk I am exposed to in my line of work. My dogs are yearly vaccinated as well. That is to say that I know and understand the proven benefits of immunization and its practice, as well as the disadvantages. I am aware of the risks associated to it, but I am free to decide – or at least that is what I thought.
I am not against vaccination. I know its history preceding Edward Jenner! I have done my research for years. I am in favor of vaccinations, but I am strongly against experimental immunization trials. In other words, I am against the influenza vaccine, also known as the flu shot. That does not make me an ‘anti-vaxxer’, but unfortunately people have been approaching this topic the wrong way by treating it as an absolute.
A vast number of medical researches indicate that the efficacy of the influenza vaccination is grossly exaggerated. The British Medical Journal questioned the validity of studies claiming efficacy, stating that “evidence from systematic reviews shows that inactivated vaccines have little or no effect on the effects measured.” Another journal has proven that influenza vaccinations have not changed the amount of doctor visits or hospitalizations in children, while another one shows that vaccinations have not impacted the mortality rate of the elderly population. There is also a lack of supporting evidence to show that vaccinating healthcare workers will prevent influenza transmission. Consequently, these vaccines are providing a false sense of security, and are therefore putting patients and healthcare workers at risk.
An even greater risk exists for those that receive the vaccination. The CDC lists the following as being found in the influenza vaccination: Neomycin, Polymyxin B, formaldehyde or formalin, thimerosal, embryonated chicken eggs, egg albumin, gelatin, Gentamycin, Polyoxyethylene 9-10 Nonyl Phenol (Triton N-101, Octoxynol 9), chick kidney cells and Taurodeoxychoalate. Many of these are known carcinogens and detergents that have unknown effects on the human body. Chronic overexposure to antibiotics has also proven to be detrimental to overall health. Some of the potential side effects from the vaccination include anaphylaxis, allergic asthma, redness and discomfort at the injection site, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, vasculitis, body aches, paresthesia, neuropathy, seizure, facial palsy, facial paresis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, cough, chills, fever, encephalitis and meningitis. Thimerosal has been shown to potentially increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, brain damage and nervous system injury.
Keep in mind that what acts on your body to build immunity are the inactivate microbes in vaccines. Then why are they adding so many other ingredients to the formula?
Specifically for the flu shot, you never get vaccinated for the strain that is currently infecting people and causing the disease, but the previous strain that has already mutated. Another word for mutation that you might have heard before is ‘resistance’. Microbes have the capacity to mutate in order to survive, and they become resistant to existing drugs. For example, think about antibiotics in relationship to bacteria. Alike any other living thing, natural selection and adaptation occurs in the world of microbes too.
Package inserts also state that the vaccination/mist “has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or its potential to impair fertility.” In other words, this states that very little is known about the long-term health effects of receiving this vaccine. There is also no protection guarantee (1) from acquiring the influenza disease, (2) and for potential, temporary, or permanent injury or death.
It is amazing to me how many people have no clue what is actually in those syringes, yet they allow a foreign substance to be injected into their bodies. Then you hear people say that the FDA and the CDC have approved these vaccines, and that these are therefore proven to be safe. What they don’t seem to understand is that these are the same governmental bodies that have approved all the other drugs that are taken off the shelf with disclaimers on TV. Not to mention thousands of people who die every year due to common and “harmless” prescribed medications. Why don’t we talk about that?
Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure. Let’s put it this way: anything that does not occur naturally in the body, or that is not innate to the body is invasive in nature. Based on the above, the vaccination of influenza is an experimental procedure. While I support the nation’s desire to maintain safety, I cannot support the use of mandatory vaccinations to achieve this goal.
The mandatory administration of vaccines is in direct violation of the Nuremberg Code which states in Article 1 that consent should be voluntary, and allow for “free power of choice without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion.” Article 6 states that, “the degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.” And Article 9 states, “During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.”
People have made this about Anti vs. Pro-Vaxxers – with the help of media and certain governmental departments, of course. The reality is that this is not about non-vaxxers versus pro-vaxxers. This is solely about one thing: power. And while people have been fighting against each other, they have neglected the big elephant in the room. Now the door for the government to allow any vaccine and/or medical treatment has been blown wide open. Regardless of your position on this “war of vaccines”, your willingness to give up the option to choose what you feel and know is best for your specific situation has been rendered useless. No medical treatment should ever be forced on a free populace, independently of what you personally feel! You live in a free country because you have the ability to choose. Other people in other countries unfortunately don’t have this luxury! And now people are willingly giving that freedom away, not only for vaccines but also for all medical treatments. As a result, the precedent has now been set.
So let’s all gladly accept whatever experimental treatments and drugs our government chooses to give to the nation, because it is in our best interest… right? Next time people get so caught up in the moment, I encourage them to take a quick second to think, and then look at the bigger picture. This has never been about you, our children, or me. This has always been about power! Let’s see how much money can be gained by scaring an entire country that is being brainwashed by media outlets every single day, into willingly giving up their rights. Yeah!
P.S. Food for thought:
For those who believe that today’s vaccines 100% protect individuals from acquiring specific diseases, why are you afraid of unvaccinated individuals? If you are vaccinated than you are protected, right? – Sense my sarcasm – Why worry so much about those “anti-vaxxers” that don’t want to get vaccinated then? Let them! Based on your logic, you are protected and they are not. Consequently, they will kill each other by spreading the disease between themselves, and your biggest problem will therefore be resolved. Let the problem take care of itself!
And those who are looking out for the wellbeing of the immunocompromised, you need to understand that these individuals cannot achieve immunization. This means that they are unable to build and immune response against these microbes; thus, there will always be individuals that will act as hosts for these microbes to continue thriving. Keep in mind that vaccines prevent diseases. Vaccines do not exterminate disease causing microbes.
For more information, here are the references:
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Package inserts for FluMist and Fluarix
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