With more than 40 states reporting wide spread outbreaks, flu season is definitely underway. Usually people don’t start getting sick until around late January/early February, but this year it is striking particularly early and particularly hard. According to the CDC, about 24,000 Americans die each year during flu season. Which makes me wonder, why don’t more people get vaccinated?
Personally, I’ve been weary of vaccines and most conventional medicine since High School when I began researching and experiencing the pitfalls of conventional medicine. Not only is it expensive, but often the quality of care is poor and many patients are given a slew of drugs with harsh side effects. Next to antibiotics, vaccines have accumulated quite a bad reputation.
It is believed that vaccines:
- Cause autism
- Contain mercury and other toxic ingredients
- Have never been tested
- Don’t even work
As a result of these beliefs, this is why many people avoid getting vaccinated while others run to health clinics, but it is hard to determine which side is actually right. On one hand, getting the vaccine is said to be 62% effective against the flu. Additionally, the research correlating autism with vaccines is scarce. This is especially true considering the first researcher to ever make this accusation has since been unveiled as a frued, resulting in all his work being discredited.
On the other hand, it is hard to completely disregard all the vaccine propaganda when stories such as the polio vaccine causing “vaccine-acquired paralytic polio” are being released.
Despite my qualms with conventional medicine, I think I’ll be getting a flu shot this year. For me, the benefits outweigh the potential side effects. My advice is that in the end, it’s up to the consumer to do their own research and make their own choices.