To be or not to be? The Pros and Cons of getting flu shots this season

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Jenniffer Mykolenko

Jennifer MykolenkoWhile the spikes of flu are still fairly minor still, many of us start to consider an immunization shot. The shot is usually recommended for elderly adults and kids over 6 month old and their immediate contacts as they are the most vulnerable to flu viruses. Since the logistics of vaccination would get overly complicated, if the government insisted on vaccinating the entire country population, decisions regarding adult flu shots are left to adults themselves. Since no one wants to get merely just unpleasant symptoms such as fever, head and muscle aches, sore throat and more, this is where the question is being arisen: to get flu shot or not?

The Pros of getting a flu shot:
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu vaccines cut risks of getting a flu by 70% and risk of death from flu in older adults by 80%.
According to Natasha Turner, ND flu shots reduce risk of upper respiratory illness by 25%, work absenteeism due to illness by 36% and doctor visits by up to 44%.
Immunization does not only help in prevention of the flu itself, it also protects from dangerous complications of flu, such as heart disease and stroke in older adults as well as decrease a chance of death in high-risk people.
The Cons of getting a flu shot:
Flu shots do not guarantee not getting sick. Each year flu vaccine is designed based on which virus strains are expected to be most prevalent by scientists. In the reality viruses change and migrate very rapidly and vaccine might just not be right for the virus you catch.
Flu vaccines contain mercury to decrease a chance of bacterial contamination, while mercury is toxic and being stored by the brain. Mercury can also increase risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, ADD and birth defects.
According to Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a leading expert in a field of immunogenetics, getting a flu shot for five consecutive years, increases risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease up to 10 times due to accumulation of mercury toxins by the brain.
It is possible to experience side effects such as low fever and aches for a few days after the vaccination.
Kids under 6 month, pregnant women and women trying to conceive, people with allergies to egg protein and former severe reactions to vaccines are not recommended to get flu shots.
This list of Pros and Cons is a basic guideline to making an informed decision regarding your immunization this season. Make a right choice and stay healthy!