Greetings friends! I apologize for the long time between posts here. It’s been a rough couple months, but rest assured, this project is by no means forgotten. A few minutes ago I read a facebook post from a friend which was a link to an article that was… how do I say this nicely?
Fucking stupid. I love my friends, and I forgive them for they know not what they post! And that’s okay, because I’m here to set the record straight. I’m just that awesome.
The article that pissed me off (not least of which because it was poorly written) is called 11 Reasons Why Flu Shots are more dangerous than the Flu itself. Are you serious right now? Really?! I had to bite. It was as bad as I feared. The article I saw posted on facebook is on rawforbeauty.com. The attributed source is “beyondblindfold.com” and actually includes a list of sources. But I’ll get to that in a little bit. To save you the trouble of actually having to click on that link and to avoid sending traffic to those ignorant snake oil peddling purveyors of misinformation I’ll share with you the gems their idiocy and thoughtless drivel.
The first lies show up before the list of 11 even begins. The introduction to this piece tells us that we’re secretly being injected with toxic chemicals. Uh-huh. Aside from this being… what’s that phrase…? Oh yeah, “not true” is what I was looking for; the article doesn’t actually list any dangerous chemicals. #2 mentions mercury which is actually an element. While they’re quick to point out the interesting fact that the flu vaccine contains flu virus and thus immediately giving away the author actually has NO education past 7th grade, this tidbit also informs us that mercury is toxic and goes into the side effects of toxic levels. Good job guy, you can read!
Since you, my IV Start readers are actually educated, you’ll be able to follow me here. Some (not even most) vaccines contain an ingredient known as Thimerosal. This is an antibacterial preservative used in multi-dose vials that is in fact mercury based. But not all mercury is created equally. (Much like blog writers.) If you’re aware that eating Tuna, Sharkfin, and other types of ocean dwelling creatures contain mercury, then you already know about methylmercury. Reason #2 is correct in listing the symptoms of methylmercury toxicity in humans.
Even if Thimerosal actually contained methylmercury (hint: it does not) eating one can of Tuna will expose you to more than a vaccine possibly could. The truth of the matter is ethylmercury. I realize that these anti-vaccine nuts me see the difference of only an M, but believe me, there’s a difference much less subtle than one letter.
Ethylmercury is processed differently than methylmercury by our bodies and is broken down and cleared from our systems quicker and more efficiently. This means you would need to have a much more concentrated dose of ethylmercury than methylmercury to cause this litany of “serious health issues.” By this logic, all anti-vaccine believers need to start an anti-seafood campaign too. At least that won’t kill young children. Source: EPA
If you would like to read more about this, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has an excellent discussion on Thimerosal and the fact that it is proven to be safe. Despite the safety record, Thimerosal has still been removed from every single childhood vaccine except the flu shot. So there’s that, at least.
The next bit of wisdom really pissed me off: #5 Lack of real evidence that young children even benefit from flu shots. Save your bullshit, sourceless lies. Like the mercury crap above, there’s no source cited. This is all horse crap. Really, NO evidence of flu vaccine efficacy?
“51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months established no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo.”
Flu Vaccine Efficacy in Infants:
“In a four-year randomized, placebo-controlled study of inactivated and live influenza vaccines among children aged 1–15 years, vaccine efficacy was estimated at 77% against influenza A (H3N2) and 91% against influenza A (H1N1) virus infection (Neuzil et al., 2001). A two-year study of children aged 6–24 months found that the vaccine was 66% effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza in one year of the study (Hoberman et al., 2003). Only children who were fully vaccinated (i.e., had either two doses if not previously vaccinated, or one dose if previously vaccinated) versus unvaccinated children were included in the analysis. In the other year of this study, few cases of influenza occurred, making it difficult to assess the vaccine’s efficacy (Hoberman et al., 2003). Children younger than 9 years of age who have not been vaccinated previously are recommended to receive two doses of vaccine the first year they get vaccinated. In subsequent years, they need only one dose. This recommendation was made because many children younger than 9 years of age have not been infected with influenza viruses previously, and a booster dose is needed for them to produce a protective immune response.”
If you didn’t feel like parsing that all out, the REAL study the author attempted to cite (while embellishing and omitting) was very narrow in its scope during a slow flu season. That’s the underlined part refuting what Jim-Bob the Republican Anti-Vaccine nut believes and states. The bold part is a legitimate gold standard study for children showing a 70-90% effectiveness. Just saying.
The next part of #5 here is that the author seems genuinely stunned that the flu virus seems to come in multiple strains and the vaccines don’t contain all of them! There’s a reason we have to get them yearly, guys. Different years = different flu strains.
Just in case you were wondering what’s on tap for this flu seasons, here you go! Courtesy of livescience.com:
“During the 2013-2014 season, a three-component flu vaccine (which protects against three strains) and a four-component flu vaccine (which protects against four strains) will be available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The three-component (trivalent) flu vaccine is made from three flu strains: two influenza A strains, H1N1 and H3N2, and an influenza B strain.
The four-component (quadrivalent) flu vaccine will contain these three strains, as well as a second influenza B strain.”
So here are some more dumbass facts that don’t really even need a rebuttal. The stupidity is inherent enough that I think you get the point without having to think too hard.
#1. The flu shot actually makes you sick to begin with.
Uhm… No it doesn’t? The ass-hat who wrote this says that the fact the flu shot “causes individuals to get ill following a shot indicates immuno-supression.” Okay, so first of all Dr. House, the O in “immunosupression” is a conjoining form negating the need for a “-“. It’s all sorts of greek and latin and shit, so don’t bother with learning to understand big words if you can just throw them around and sound smart. (Right? That’s what I do!) The fact that people DON’T get sick because of vaccines obviously does NOT indicate anything.
Here’s a visual example of how these people are getting their Cause & Effect backwards.
Cause & Effect: More firetrucks present at the scene cause bigger fires.
In fact, for the flu vaccine to be effective two things need to happen. The flu strain in the vaccine must match the current flu in circulation. Then, that vaccine must be administered 14+ days BEFORE it the immune system has rendered it effective. The fact people get sick after getting their flu shot is probably because they procrastinate into the middle of fucking flu season after people they’re close to are already sick! No wonder people get sick right after they get the vaccine! They were already infected! And this is only true for the people who actually get the real FLU. How many of these dumbasses get a cold (adenovirus) and can’t tell the difference despite the lack of fever and obviously different symptoms? Hmph.
Ready for more Derp?
#6: “… a vaccine injection could put your body in serious danger of contracting influenza with stronger symptoms, or even worse pneumonia and other contagious diseases.”
Here is a comparison between disease/vaccine risk.
Measles and Rubella vs. MMR Vaccine
Pneumonia: 6 in 100
Encephalitis: 1 in 1,000
Death: 2 in 1,000
Congenital Rubella Syndrome: 1 in 4 (if woman becomes infected early in pregnancy)
Encephalitis or severe allergic reaction:
1 in 1,000,000
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis vs. DTap Vaccine
Death: 1 in 20
Death: 2 in 10
Pneumonia: 1 in 8
Encephalitis: 1 in 20
Death: 1 in 1,500
Continuous crying, then full recovery: 1 in 1000
Convulsions or shock, then full recovery: 1 in 14,000
Acute encephalopathy: 0-10.5 in 1,000,000
Death: None proven
The rest of this republican style hot air isn’t even worth rebutting or mentioning. Instead, I’d like to present for your viewing consideration further SCIENCE and EVIDENCE BASED sources for your viewing pleasure. I do hope you enjoyed reading and will share this article with others who think that withholding vaccines from children is smart, cool, or trendy. Well, it’s not, it’s fucking dangerous and ignorant. Don’t be a Republican, don’t shun modern medicine because you’re not capable of thinking for yourself. Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin do enough of that for all of us. Seriously though. Think about it. Learn about it. Use your own brain, don’t do what just anyone tells you. (Go get some shots.)
P.S. Vaccines aren’t perfect, nor do they claim to be. Problems, however rare they may be, are open and transparent. There’s no conspiracy theory or Illuminati movement or whatever self fellatiating idea these people may be attempting to grow in those brains of theirs.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has assembled for your reading pleasure all possible influenza vaccine safety information/problems.
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
(Suspended/understaffed during Government shutdown.)
“Vaccination of one population leads to a decrease in disease in another population, has been with the conjugated pneumococcal vaccine used in children, the Prevnar. This vaccine covers the 7 most common strains of invasive pneumococcus in children and uptake of this vaccine is high. Use of the vaccine has resulted in invasive disease plummeting in children, and as an side benefit, invasive disease with the same strains has also plummeted in the elderly (PubMed)” Sciencebasedmedicine.com
“Such an effect may be occurring when children are vaccinated against influenza. “Vaccination of approximately 20-25% of children, 1.5-18 years of age in the intervention communities resulted in an indirect protection of 8-18% against MAARI (medically attended acute respiratory illness in adults > or =35 years of age.” (PubMed)(PubMed).”
Influenza Immunization Statistics & Studies
Oh yeah, I mentioned the sources from the original article. Featuring some pretty heavy hitters here, hold on to your britches! Only the first two are real studies, but they’re real studies that have extremely limited context and are used out of context with hyperbole and bias. Good job guys.
- Study Again Finds Narcolepsy Risk With H1N1 Flu Vaccine
- Inflammatory Response After Influenza Vaccination in Men With and Without Carotid Artery Disease
- Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Policy Making
- VRM: 5 Reasons Not To Get The Flu Shot
- Is Your Child High-Risk for an Adverse Vaccine Reaction?
- Natural Alternatives to the Flu Shot Prove Just as Effective