Empower Yourself with Knowledge of the Flu Vaccine Types

Knowledge of the Two Types of Flu Vaccines is necessary for an educated decision.

This post is Part 2 of a 3 Part Series.  In this post, we’ll discuss two different types of flu vaccines, how virus statistics are determined, and important label info from the vaccine manufacturer.

Part 1 discusses why some leading doctors are vocalizing concern over the swine flu vaccine. If you missed it, click the above series link.  Part 3 will give you easy, safe and natural ways to prevent the flu and other infections.  The purpose in this post is not to address the political issues involved regarding the swine flu and its vaccines, but only to make sure that you, my readers, are well informed for the safety and well-being of your own family.

Swine flu vaccines are available in both a nasal spray, which contains live virus, and the injectable vaccine which contains a dead virus.

Nearly all of the swine flu vaccines that made available in October are the nasal spray type that contains live virus’, which is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50, or those with asthma, heart disease or several other health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s own website.  See the footnote below for the CDC’s full list of who should not get this vaccine. (1)

Dr. Joseph Mercola also cautions that the nasal spray causes a much greater immune reaction, and since it contains live virus, they may multiply too quickly if your immune system is already compromised. (2)

Dr. Mercola also explains that though the injectable vaccine will supposedly contain only killed and fragmented virus components, in order to “make it more effective,” it also contains adjuvants — ingredients designed to cause a greater immune reaction by lowering your immune function. Some of these adjuvants, such as thimerosal and squalene, are toxins that have already been shown to carry considerable health risks.(2)

As alarming as statistics of any deaths from viruses against which people feel powerless, it is important to grasp the flu statistics in perspective with other health statistics.

Here are excerpts of stats from Dr. Mercola’s site about death-related flu statistics:

1. More Americans die from asthma and malnutrition each year than the flu.
2. Death caused directly by the flu virus is very rare. The vast majority of flu-related deaths are actually due to bacterial pneumonia, a secondary illness resulting from an already compromised immune system. The actual number of people who died from the flu in 2005 in the US (most recent data available) was 1,806.
3. Elderly and people with other pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease are at higher risk of pneumonia after the flu.
4. Treatment for bacterial pneumonia is an antibiotic, so it would not be logical to take a flu vaccine to prevent pneumonia.
5. Before the CDC advocated vaccinating children under the age of five, the number of children dying from the flu was very low. In 2003, after children age five and under started getting vaccinated, the number of flu deaths skyrocketed. (3)

It may also assist in your decision to know how the flu strain in the vaccine is chosen.

In the first 2 months of each year, health officials from the US travel to Asia to study flu strains. They assume the strains in Asia in January will reach the US by fall. US vaccine manufacturers start producing the vaccine using the strains from Asia. If the viral strain in the US in the fall is not identical to the one from Asia, the vaccine is a complete “dud.” (3)

Another vital piece of information you usually won’t see is the flu vaccine manufacturer’s insert disclaimer.

It appears there would be no argument at all if flu vaccine’s insert was read by everyone. FLUAVAL’s insert for the 2009-2010 formula says that no trials have been done to prove that you are less likely to contract the flu after their vaccine:

FLULAVAL is an influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL. (4)

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Last, let’s take a look at why, with regard to the recent presidential announcement, there are conflicting reports of pandemic flu emergencies versus normal yearly flu counts.

In a July 24, 2009 Press Release, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) stated that they are no longer requiring doctors to test to confirm swine flu among their patients. Basically, anyone with flu symptoms is being categorized as a possible swine flu carrier. Obviously, as there are also strains of seasonal flu and many other illnesses which can cause similar symptoms to the swine flu, the counts appear larger than reality. Here is the quote from the CDC’s own site:

This week we have posted the latest numbers for case counts, but I want to mention this will be the last where you will see that kind of reporting. …We’re no longer going to expect the states will continue this individual reporting…(5)

A three-month-long investigation by CBS News, released October 21, 2009, is what brought the above quote and other issues about the flu virus back to public awareness. CBS study found that H1N1 flu cases are NOT as prevalent as feared. A CBS article even states:

If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu. In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all.(6)

We commend Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Kent Holtorf, Bill Sardis, CBS News and others who have championed the cause of public awareness on this topic.

1. CDC’s Nasal Vaccine Information. A partial list is on page 1 of this .pdf, but you need to read page 2 for the full list of who the Center for Disease Control says should not get this vaccine.
2. Excerpts by Dr. Mercola on both the nasal and injectible vaccines.
3. Flu-related death statistics and determining the virus strain. “Flu Virus Exposed.”
4. FLULVAL’s package insert
5. CDC’s Press Release on Ending Virus Testing
6. Results of CBS News 3 Month Flu Virus Study
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