Flu Shot or Not?

Are you considering whether you should get a flu shot or not? Have you recently been made to feel guilty about not “taking the protection”?


(Note: this is not medical advice, but a compilation of information and opinion written by citizens for health choice.)


There are multiple types of flu shots and methods of administration, and ingredients differ.

A table with some of the ingredients is below, to get you started on your research.
Source: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm094045.htm

When viral proteins are injected into the body, the immune system learns to recognize them (sensitization) and then on subsequent exposure to the proteins it begins to attack them (elicitation). Unfortunately, any other proteins injected with the vaccine are treated the same way. Once sensitized to the injected protein, future exposure to the protein elicits an attack known as an allergic reaction. References are below:

Smith-Norowitz TA, Wong D, Kusonruksa M, Norowitz KB, Joks R, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long Term Persistence of IgE Anti-Influenza Virus Antibodies in Pediatric and Adult Serum Post Vaccination with Influenza Virus Vaccine. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(3):239-244. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.239. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v08p0239.htm

More details and references are here: http://foodallergycauses.wordpress.com/category/food-allergy-causes/

Intranasal vaccines apply spray close to your olfactory nerve that is millimeters away from your brain. There have been previous cases of adventitious agents in a vaccine and given that we can only test for what we know there may remains a risk of unintentional contamination of the vaccine by viruses/bacteria/amoeba/prion/etc.

Intradermal: skin cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine.
If your body develops an allergy to these skin proteins, you can develop immune system related skin disorders such as eczema.

Intramuscular: skin and muscle cells/proteins may be torn by the needle and injected along with the vaccine. If your body develops an allergy to these muscle proteins (one of which is tropomyosin), you can develop immune system disorders as the immune system attacks any tissue containing tropomyosin. Tropomyosin is present in the brain and the intestines. So disorders can include autism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
and of course seafood allergy.

Polysorbate 80 contains vegetable oils. Depending on the type of vegetable oil used, it can cause the development of allergies to various food items – food allergies.

Ovalbumin in vaccines can cause the development of allergy to egg.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen but your body creates a small amount of it too.

Mercury is a well known toxin for which there is no safe amount.

Triton X-100 can damage cells.

HA is the viral protein. The “active ingredient” of a flu vaccine.

Insect proteins when injected into the body can cause the development of allergy to those insect proteins.
Flublok uses cells from the Fall Armyworm, a type of moth larvae. If you develop an allergy to such an insect protein, it may be very difficult to avoid exposure. Avoiding exposure to egg for a patient with egg allergies is difficult enough. How would one avoid exposure to a moth/larvae protein?

Flucelvax contains dog kidney cell proteins. If you develop an allergy to dog kidney cell protein, your immune system might start attacking your own similar kidney cells. An autoimmune kidney disorder will result.

Also the dog kidney cells used to make the vaccine are highly tumorigenic. The cells are supposed to be all killed. But even the tumorigenic DNA residue in the vaccine is considered dangerous and is therefore limited by the FDA to 10 nanogram. Is that low enough?

Trivalent vaccines contain three viral strains and quadrivalent contain four viral strains.

If you want to perform some probability calculations, flu vaccines work 60% of the time per the CDC.

Recent science tells us that the flu may become a lot more deadly to those who have been repeatedly vaccinated.

In the old days before vaccines, you had no choice but to suffer the flu if you caught it.
Modern medicine gives you the choice as to whether you wish to intentionally expose your body, despite the fact that the long-term consequences of repeated influenza vaccination are unknown.


1) Standard Trivalent vaccine protects against three strains of the flu virus ( two type A’s and one Type B) and comes in two forms. Multidose vial which uses thimerisol as a preservative and single dose vial which does not. There is no real difference here since thimerisol has been conclusively shown not to cause autism as some tried to claim. Doctors often prefer the mutidose vial because its less expensive and since vaccines are a major cost to most practices ( and one we often lose money on).

2) Quadravalent vaccine protects again 4 strains of the flu ( Two A and Two B) and there for may offer more protection in some seasons. It is more expensive and may not be available everywhere so if its not available its best to get the Trivalent since the difference is not critical.

3) Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine – Unlike other flu vaccines this is a live attenuated virus vaccine so there is a small but not zero chance that immune compromised individuals could catch the flu if they got this vaccine. This is the preferred vaccine for children age 2-8 yrs old but is not approved for anyone under 2 yrs old or over 50 yrs old. It may offer slightly better protection than the standard trivalent vaccine

4) FluBlok – This is another trivalent vaccine approved for patients 18-49 yrs old. This vaccine is manufatured using a new technique which does not require the use of eggs so it is a good alternative for patients who are allergic to eggs.

5) High Dose Vaccine – This vaccine uses a higher dose fo the antigens to produce greater immunity It is useful in older patients since they do not respond as well to vaccines. It seems to increase protection by about 25%