The flu shot.
There is potentially not more controversy, policy or unbelievable misinformation over one vaccine then there is this one.
The progressing push for the flu vaccine has been mounting over the last few decades to a point where people’s jobs and lives are honestly at risk.
My name’s Lauren, I’ve been registered nurse for 6 years, and I lost my job because I refused to get the flu vaccine.
Why Did I Refuse To Get the Flu Shot?
Historically the safety and efficacy of this shot is at best questionable. There is a large body of scientific literature piling high shedding light on the true efficacy of the flu shot. If you get the flu shot, it’s possible you aren’t even less likely to get the flu¹, and you are possibly more likely to get a worse flu strain in the present season if you’ve gotten the flu shot in previous years (source and source). The flu death rates given in the media include death from pneumonia and other diagnoses related to the flu (most often bacterial pneumonia). In past years only 1-4% of ‘reported flu deaths’ were from the actual flu virus. (source)
It appears the flu is most INEFFECTIVE for the elderly and children under two (source), which was researched by an independent researching board called the Cochrane Summaries. After reviewing 36 flu vaccine trials they also concluded:
-Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission. (source)
-In average conditions (partially matching vaccine) 100 people need to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms.²
With the complexity of ‘choosing the right strains’ and manufacturing a different vaccine that is effective each year, most research shows less than impressive results of actually preventing the flu in the people who get the vaccine. I won’t even discuss getting the flu from the vaccine, because we all know ‘that’s not possible’ according to vaccine authorities…
Long Term Injury Connected to Flu Vaccine
Reported moderate reactions to influenza vaccine include fever, local reactions (pain, redness, swelling at the site of the injection), headache, fatigue, sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, joint and muscle pain, and nausea. Reported serious complications include brain inflammation, convulsions, Bell’s palsy, limb paralysis, neuropathy, shock, wheezing/asthma and other breathing problems. Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a disabling neurological disorder that involves temporary or permanent paralysis that can lead to death and has been causally related to influenza vaccinations. (NVIC.org)
It’s amazing that the ‘powers that be’ can forcibly mandate a vaccine, with many potential adverse effects and questionable efficacy, upon any group of people, including health care workers. Here is a video of a nursing professor who developed GBS after the flu vaccine in 2008; she is permanently disabled now with full body paralysis.
As of July 2012, there have been more than 84,000 reports of reactions, hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following influenza vaccinations made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including over 1,000 related deaths and over 1,600 cases of GBS. (NVIC.org)
What is the motivation behind mandating the flu vaccine?
The agenda behind mandating the flu shot for health care workers seems reasonable at first glance. However, one cannot ignore the lack of proof that the flu shot successfully prevents the flu. Nor can you ignore the safety issues behind the evolving development, and lack of solid safety testing on the new flu shot yearly.
Other issues to consider are the realities that one can carry the flu virus in there nostrils, REGARDLESS of whether or not they have had the vaccine. There is no way to eliminate the circulation of the very prevalent flu virus in any setting, let alone a hospital.
It is also interesting to note that the popular nasal flu vaccine states that the virus is shed from the vaccinated individual for up to 3 weeks (source), and therefore, they could unknowingly infect those that are around them with the flu, especially immunocompromised individuals (do you know how many people would be considered immunocompromised?! You probably have at least 1 in your family). (You should know, I nicely asked the hospital that was mandating me to get the flu vaccine if they make the people who get the flu mist nasal vaccine to wear a mask for the 3 weeks after they get it, with the all-important goal of protecting patients, surprisingly, they said that is not a policy they have.)
The push for health care workers to be MANDATED to get the flu shot has been strengthened more each year. Firing nurses who choose not to vaccine is becoming a common practice for hospitals instituting a ‘mandatory annual flu vaccine.’ (source)
What Can One Do to Safely Prevent Influenza?
As soon as you take a peak outside the tiny box of modern medicine and its approach to preventing the flu, you will be amazed at how much you CAN DO SAFELY to prevent to flu. Dr. Mercola, a leading natural health MD, has this comprehensive list on what foods to focus on and which steps to take to effectively protect yourself from the flu.
- FOODS: Raw milk, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, fermented foods, coconut/coconut oil, organic vegetables, garlic,mushrooms, turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves.
- SUPPLEMENTS: Vit D (probably MOST important) vit C, zinc, oregano oil, propolis and elderberry extract, animal based omega-3.
LIFESTYLE: Plenty of rest, lots of water, homemade chicken broth, avoiding antibiotics, avoiding sugar and processed foods, optimizing your gut flora, regular exercise, avoiding hospitals, lowering stress. (source)
If you follow these principles for a healthy flu season, your overall health this winter will be PHENOMONAL. And it IS possible! The first four years of winters since I’ve had children were AWFUL. Colds, stomach viruses…everything possible we got and kept for a while. This past winter as my family was refined sugar free/grain-free and eating really nutrient-dense immune-boosting foods….WAS INCREDIBLE! We had very few viruses, and after our bodies mounted their defense, our symptoms were gone in no time! It was UNBELIEVABLE. I don’t know if I would have believed it if I hadn’t seen the power of GOOD food be so ACTIVE in our bodies. I’m not even going to flinch at sickness this winter, as I am assured our bodies have the resources to effectively fight whatever we might face.
Losing My Job Because of my Vaccine Concerns
This is where my story comes in.
I have recently moved to the state of NY, and after getting my NY nursing license, in normal process I applied for a couple different nursing jobs in area hospitals. I was excited to hear that I got the job offer for a position I really wanted in labor and delivery. I am a doula and have worked at a birth center, and am so passionate about supporting laboring women in such an important time in their lives.
I proceeded from the interview with officially accepting the job offer, filling out all the paperwork, getting everything set up for me to start hospital orientation the next week…..and then came the ‘employee health’ physical exam. The kind doctor asked me the typical questions about my health, did a physical exam and said I was in great health and he saw no reasons why I shouldn’t do this job well physically. ONE PROBLEM. I shared with him my history of autoimmune disease, and my serious hesitations of the safety and efficacy of the flu shot (among others they wanted me to get).
This is where the drama began. Calls were made to people somewhere high in authority, making hospital policy, to see if there was any possible way I could work without these vaccines. This year this hospital instituted a mandatory flu vaccine, with NO DECLINATIONS allowed. I discussed this until I was out of words, to see if there was any other options left for me, as I could not in good faith proceed with the medical interventions they were telling me I had to do if I wanted this job.
NO. The answer was no, no, no, NO across the board. This year they were not turning back, no masks, no medical exemptions (unless of course ‘you almost died from the shot’, then they would give you one). NO OTHER OPTIONS.
The job I was licensed for, qualified to do, good at, and really excited about, was over.
I think they were shocked to see me actually leave, but I explained kindly, but firmly that I was not going to compromise my health or philosophical and religious beliefs to appease their hospital policy.
As I put down everything I had already done with this facility and left, the door closed behind me, and I sighed in complete disappointment at the direction vaccine policy has taken this country. I have been studying vaccine issues for 5 years, and this should have come as no shock to me, but I HAD JUST LOST MY JOB BECAUSE I WOULDN’T GET VACCINATED, and I was stunned.
Future Unclear for Mandated Flu Vaccine
The way that institutions use vaccines mandates as a way to control people with their shaky agenda is NEVER okay. How have we as the free people of this country, allowed such an unjust practice to be tolerated and FOLLOWED without appropriate questioning. WE are the directors of our health, and with adequate, balanced information people should be making these DECISIONS for themselves and their families, not having them be made for them by policy makers wherever.
Here is a sample letter for those are you health care workers that would like to avoid the flu vaccine and hopefully not lose your job. (Dr. Tenpenny) Here is a reputable vaccine injury lawyer with great information on vaccine exemptions. (Alan Phillips, JD)
In 2009, 60% of healthcare workers refused to get the flu vaccine. In 2012-2013, 30% of healthcare workers didn’t get the flu shot (source). Surprisingly, the CDC does not yet recommend mandated flu vaccines for health care workers, or any adults for that matter (source).
As usual, further study on flu vaccine effectiveness is necessary. There are a lot of conflicting data available. However, the growing number of studies showing low overall effectiveness, waning immunity and a negative effect of prior-year vaccination cast doubt on influenza vaccine policies and strategies, especially when influenza vaccinations now are being required as a condition of employment for health care workers. NVIC.0rg
The Morale of the Story
Do I regret my decision? Not once. Do I grieve my lost opportunity and the present situation in regards to vaccine mandates? Often. I urge you to continue making informed vaccine decisions, and to never, ever make a vaccine choice out of compulsion or coercive propaganda. These decisions have vast ramifications, and no one should take away your personal responsibility in making them for yourselves and your families.
While people definitely disappointed me in this situation, God was faithful to provide another job for me. I ended up taking a job at a different hospital that has not yet fully implemented mandatory flu vaccination. My ‘out’ is signing a declination form and wearing a mask with my patients from December-May. Good thing I only work once or twice a week because wearing a mask while caring for patients is not fun.
How ironic that without the vaccine this flu season I will truly be viewed as a threat to patient safety. In reality my strong immune system, healthy lifestyle choices and overall health make me a much more consistent protector of patient safety than the average employee that simply gets the yearly flu shot.
If you are interested in reading more information that I have compiled on vaccine issues, check out these articles: 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Vaccination, 10 Reasons Vaccines are Not Questioned, Vaccination Information
I lost my job because I wouldn’t get vaccinated.
REALITY: Sometimes being MINDFUL will cost you.
Sources: Please research for yourself this important topic further.
- ¹Ohmit SE, Petrie JG, Malosh RE, et al. Influenza Effectiveness in the Community and the Household. Clinical Infectious Diseases Feb. 14, 2013.
A simple person believes anything, but a prudent person gives thought to their steps.
Lauren is an RN by profession and a researching mom (5, 4, 1 year old) by passion. Over the last 4 years she has brought her family from eating mostly the SAD, along with experiencing its many unhealthy consequences, to a vibrantly healthy family who is healing using REAL FOOD.She is presently in a nutritional therapy program so she can help others do the same for their families.
She is truly in her niche when she has the opportunity to teach woman more of what it looks like to be a Mindful Mama. Visit her @ http://mindfulmama.org