The Flu Shot is Big Business

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It’s been five years since the CD expanded their recommendations to include everyone in this country 6 months and older for the flu shot. Wow! That’s an incredible share of the market!

That recommendation has encouraged pharmaceutical companies to fiercely compete with each other each year to produce the newest vaccine by August, for that season’s distribution. If a company does not have its strains manufactured and available, retailers will commit to the pharma that has them.

Manufacturers have from February to June to try to figure out which strains will be most active during the upcoming season. Once they get that sorted out – which is approximated from the strains that are circulating in the southern hemisphere (where it is winter while we have summer) – they have to rush to get it manufactured, in order to have it available by August, when the buyers are looking for it.

Then it’s business as usual with aggressive advertising, fear tactics and mandatory threats in certain workplaces (like hospitals).

But is the shot safe and is it actually effective?

The Players

In the United States, Sanofi Pasteur is the largest, who will be supplying around 65 million doses or more this year. The Australian company CSL will supply up to 54 million doses (after acquiring Novartis’s flu vaccine unit in August), and GlaxoSmithKline, will supply up to 38 million doses.

The How-To

Most flu vaccines (like some other vaccines) are made within an egg. Interestingly, egg has become one of the top 8 foods that are highly allergenic to some people.

Hmmm. Makes you think, doesn’t it? But Big Pharma is certainly not thinking about creating food allergies when contemplating the multi-billions that they make each and every year from the flu vaccine.

It’s our public health agencies who provide seed viruses to manufacturers. The companies then decide whether to make a trivalent vaccine — including three strains —or even a quadrivalent — including four strains.

According to this article,

The manufacturers take fertilized eggs, check them for infection, make sure they indeed contain embryos — an important element of the egg as a factory — power-wash them, and inject them with virus. The eggs are then left to incubate at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) for four to five days for the virus to multiply.

The virus is then extracted and killed, and shipped to GSK’s facility in Pennsylvania to be outfitted into syringes.

What they don’t tell you here is that the syringe may also contain:
Beta-Propiolactone, Egg Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polyoxyethylene 9-10 Nonyl Phenol (Triton N-101, Octoxynol 9), Thimerosal (in the multidose containers), Thimerosal* (much smaller amounts in the single-dose syringes – if there is no thimerosal, they may substitute it with aluminum). (These are the Ingredients of Fluvirin used in 2013.

Potential Problems With Added Ingredients

  • The egg protein may be a trigger for those allergic to eggs.
  • Beta-Propiolactone is used for sterilization. Read about the toxicity here.
  • Octoxynol 9 is a vaginal spermicide.
  • Thimerosal is used as a preservative in the vaccine. It contains 49.6% mercury by weight and has been implicated in many health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia and many more nervous system conditions.
  • The mercury used in vaccines is a powerful neurotoxin that can damage the nervous system of a child.
  • If you get this vaccine every year you are getting thimersol and all the other adjuvants and toxic additives as well year after year.
  • Don’t rely on Tamiflu after the fact. It has been found to be unsafe and ineffective.

Here’s What NOT To Do

Do not get pressured into getting a flu shot. Think about it and research the risk vs. benefit profile. They are pressuring EVERYONE to get this. These toxic shots are available 24/7 at local pharmacies and even churches. They are enlisting clergy people to push the shot on everyone.

Remember the phrase a chicken in every pot? They are trying for a flu shot in every arm! Don’t fall for it! A yearly flu shot is VERY dangerous and it does not protect you. Do your research first and make an informed decision.

Make no mistake about it – the flu shot is big business. Here are some natural remedies for the flu and ways to PREVENT it in the first place.

Read How I Lost my Job Over the Flu Vaccine from Mindful Mama.

Have you been contemplating the flu shot? Why or why not? Leave a comment and let me know!

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