WHAT IS THE FLU?
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. There are many types of flu viruses. The most common being the Influenza Type A. Each year the Centers for Disease Control will try to determine which flu will spread around the US. That prediction is the basis of the type and amount of flu vaccine that is manufactured.
The most common symptoms of the flu are fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and body aches. Some people also exhibit diarrhea and vomiting. The difference between the “cold” and the flu is the addition of a fever. A cold is also caused by a virus, but it is not as pathogenic. The flu can cause complications such as dehydration and pneumonia and aggravate exiting condition like asthma and heart disease. It is spread from person to person in respiratory droplets when people who are infected cough or sneeze.
WHAT’ S IN THE FLU SHOT?
Ethylene glycol- antifreeze
Phenol- a dye and disinfectant
Formaldehyde- a carcinogen
Aluminum-associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, seizures and cancer
Thimersol- a mercury disinfectant causes brain damage and autoimmune disease.
Neomycin and Streptomycin- antibiotics that have been known to cause allergic reactions.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE AFFECTS OF THE FLU SHOT?
Minor side effects include but are not limited to soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, low grade fever, and other aches and pains.
More severe side effects are usually due to allergic reactions, especially for those who are allergic to eggs. The reactions can be life threatening and include breathing problems, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, weakness, a fast heartbeat, and dizziness. There have been even more serious side effects associated with the flu vaccine known as Guillian-Barre syndrome (GBS). This is a disease in which the body damages its own nerve cells, resulting in muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.
The Swine Flu vaccine has been shown to include a petroleum product called squalene. This has been shown to produce paralysis in the hind quarters of rats.
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