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Should You Get a Flu Shot?

Why i will Never get a flu shot

I have a knack for stirring up the pot. Well, you know what they say, “If you’re not on a government watch list, shame on you!” I’ve become a rebel.

Have you ever gotten a flu shot? Did it work? Most of the people I know who’ve gotten them still got sick, or they got sick after they received the vaccine.

In my opinion, flu shots are one of the biggest scams on the population. Like fluoridated water, we’ve swallowed the proverbial Kool-Aid® of toxic advice thrust on us by mega-corporations who care far more about their share-holder’s bottom lines than our health. Let’s face it folks, this isn’t about medicine anymore – this is business.

Why do I feel so strongly about this? Almost on a daily basis, I see reputable articles about the dangers and inefficacy of influenza vaccines. You can check out the resources and references below, but if you don’t want to read any further, please look at this one link below.

It’s from the Gaglio Christopher & Taole law firm and it’s “… a selection of decisions of the United States Court of Federal Claims awarding compensation to vaccine injured clients” of their firm, through the National Vaccine Injury compensation Program.

Of the 184 decisions, approximately 148 of them involved the flu shot!  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

So here’s why I have never gotten a flu shot.

1) Flu shots aren’t very effective

I research everything on vaccines and all the science and medical articles I’ve read tell me they their efficacy is questionable.  If this concerns you, see this article from Gaia Health on a study done by the Chochrane Collaboration Study. Here’s a host of medical data assembled beautifully by, that effectively negates the arguments for getting this vaccine. And here’s another great article I received from The Refusers from the International Medical Council on Vaccination.

This really angers me, especially when it concerns the push for pregnant women to get the flu shot.

2) 60% of flu shots contain Thimerosal (thimerosal is 50% mercury)

Yes, mercury – which was supposedly banned in vaccines by the FDA in 1999, but it’s still allowed in many influenza vaccines. Does that make sense?

Take a few minutes to read this article from to get the full scoop on this toxic ingredient they encourage women to take when pregnant. Why tell a pregnant woman to avoid eating fish that might contain mercury, but get jabbed with a mercury laden vaccine? Here’s the crux of the article from

“Factually, Thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound that is a known human carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen and immune-system disruptor at levels below 1 part-per-million, and a compound to which some humans can have an anaphylactic shock reaction. It is also a recognized reproductive and fetal toxin with no established toxicologically safe level of exposure for humans.”

Even “thimerosol-free” vaccines contain trace amounts of mercury. If you receive multiple flu shots (and other vaccines) it accumulates in your system.

Photo Credit: Trainer Thought for the Day

3) Flu shots have some serious side-effects

Have you ever read the package insert for a vaccine? Most of us haven’t. Don’t you think that’s odd? Why wouldn’t we want to know what we’re injecting in our bodies and what the risks are?

Fortunately there are organizations like the National Vaccine Information Center that make this a little easier for us. Here’s a link to the influenza vaccine package inserts. When you click on the flu shot you’re considering, be sure and read the contraindications, warnings and adverse reactions – you may reconsider.  Here’s the package insert for Fluzone® from sanofi pasteur – it’s 24 pages long!

Here’s what really irritated me:

“Adult influenza vaccine injury claims are now the leading claim submitted to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.” (Source: NVIC)

In addition, the FLUARIX® vaccine insert states “There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, FLUARIX should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.”

It also says caution should be exercised in giving it to nursing mothers because they  don’t know if it’s excreted in the mother’s milk.  But it’s okay to inject it in her body? What sort of logic is that?

Every pregnant women I know has been told to get a flu shot unless she has an egg allergy. If you have an egg allergy don’t worry, two of the newest vaccines are made with dog kidney cells and army worms. Does that make you feel better?

Everywhere you turn you’re encouraged to get a flu shot. Everyone from pregnant women to 6 montho old babies and the elderly. Just line ’em up! Even churches are sponsoring flu shot clinics.

Since the only people sounding the alarm about the hazards of flu shots are those in the natural health field, consider yourself warned.

Here’s a myriad of side-effects from several of the package inserts I checked out:

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Crying Abnormal
  • Irritability
  • Appetite lost
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Headache
  • Arthralgia (Sharp severe pain, extending along a nerve or group of nerves, experienced in a joint and/or joints.
  • Narcolepsy – if you think you’re tired now, try getting a flu shot!

If that’s not enough to concern you, there are the adverse events known as”Postmarketing Experience” from worldwide voluntary reports – listed here are some from the FLUARIX® vaccine:

  • Blood and Lymphatic System disorders
  • Tachycardia (Cardiac disorders)
  • Immune system disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Infections and infestations (injection site cellulitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis

Here’s a great article about the staggering increase in fetal deaths following the flu shot in pregnant women. And for more information on the flu vaccine in pregnancy, read “Why This Preganant Mom Refused the Mercury-Laced Flu Vaccine” from SafeMinds.

Please view this very sad story of a professor of nursing who became disabled from a flu shot.

Thanks but no thanks, I’ll take my chances with Mother Nature!

4) Flu shots contain some very questionable ingredients

Like most vaccines, it contains formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, Triton X-100 (Dow Chemical detergent), monosodium glutamate (MSG), and chick kidney cells, to name a few. I’d rather not put these toxins into my body. You can see all the ingredients in this CDC Vaccine ingredient listing.

Help me understand why we’d want this foreign DNA and toxic chemicals injected into our bodies or those of our children?

And speaking of children, the CDC used to consider the flu vaccine unsafe for children under 5, but it’s now okay. What changed?

In this article The Flu Vaccine – What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably Doesn’t Even Know) you’ll learn that “The number of children dying from the flu has risen *drastically* since the CDC recommended children under 5 receive the flu vaccine.” Yes, that’s correct.

In fact, according to the article, research presented by the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego, children who get the flu shot have a three-fold risk of hospitalization, compared to kids who didn’t get the flu shot. If your child has asthma, the risks are significantly higher that they’d be hospitalized. Where is the logic in this?

It’s unconscionable to me that employees of hospitals and medical clinics are forced to get these vaccines. It’s also ironic that nursing unions are often the first to protest mandatory flu shots. Smart people!

The right to choose whether or not you receive one of these shots has become so problematic, there’s now a website: Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines. It’s so wrong that healthcare workers are forced to get flu shots or lose their jobs.

5) Most of the time what people call the “flu” isn’t really the flu at all

80 – 90% of what people perceive to be flu bugs aren’t the true influenza. According to WebMD, there are “more than 100 different viruses that can cause a cold, but only influenza virus types A, B and C, cause the flu.”  Many of these viruses mimic flu-like symptoms. Unless your doctor actually tests you for true influenza, getting a flu shot is a crap shoot.

The current year’s vaccine contains last year’s strains and also the H1N1, but the CDC admits these strains can change or mutate in a short time. By the time you get the vaccine, it may not protect you from it anyway. Influenza vaccines are often rushed to production – does that make you feel safe? Remember, if you have a serious reaction to any vaccine, you have no legal recourse.

6) Children who receive the flu shot have 3x the risk of hospitalization for flu over kids who never get the shot. Here’s the article from ScienceDaily. This report hails from the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society.

Support your immune system naturally!

So now you know why I don’t get flu shots. I’m a very social person and mingle with people all the time, not to mention the boatload of grand kids we have with runny noses, etc., but I still seldom get sick. If you’re wondering what I do to stay healthy, here’s the list….

  • Wash my hands religiously (I do not use antibacterial soap – plain soap & water is fine!)
  • Take vitamin D3 (I take 5,000 IUs a day – sometimes more!) If you live in a warm climate get out in the sun.
  • Take a quality probiotic – 80% of your immune system is in your gut!
  • Avoid sugar & processed food (this is another reason people get sick during the holidays – sugar suppresses the immune system – scrap the crap!)
  • Exercise….okay, I’m not so great at this one, but it really does help keep your immune system strong.
  • I take a good omega-3 supplement and zinc.
  • As an all around preventive measure I take CuraMed every day.


We have a medical system that is very effective in fear mongering. If you still feel you need a flu shot – please educate yourself first. Read the package insert. I wish you a healthy winter!

References and Resources:

The Cochrane Library – Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults


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34 Responses to Should You Get a Flu Shot?

  1. Dama October 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Thanks for your article. Never gotten the flu shot and never will. Sadly, as a medical worker my husband and myself could be required or lose a job over this. We need awareness of this scam!

  2. Laura Miller October 21, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Mary–I love what you pointed out about how people view viruses as “the flu.” Sometimes people will get the flu shot and then bash it because they still get sick and not realize that it doesn’t protect against the common cold or other viruses. If/when a person has actual influenza it is a completely different thing–it’s awful!!! I had Influenza type A my senior year of high school and missed over a week of school….thanks for pointing out how these really are two extremely different things. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people talk about a cold/the flu like they’re the same thing 🙂

    • Mary Bloomer October 21, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks for your comments, Laura. Sorry to hear you were one to actually get a true influenza. When you get a bug like that (or any bug for that matter) it can help build up your immune system for future attacks on your health. Hope you have a healthy winter!

  3. eko_hunter October 21, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    80 – 90% of what people perceive to be flu bugs are really just viruses and there are no vaccines for viruses.

    I see, the author is a huge expert.

    • Terminus October 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      That comment pretty much destroys the credibility of the article in general. Polio, smallpox anyone? I was under the impression that those were viral…

      • Mary Bloomer October 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

        I’m never afraid to admit when I’m wrong – polio and smallpox are indeed viruses, but truth be told they were all going away before vaccines ever came on the scene thanks to better hygiene, clean water and improved sanitation/living conditions. You can read more about that in this article which also contains plenty of scientific resources: If you are certain that vaccines have done so much good, you might want to explore the problem with children in India getting polio from the vaccine as you’ll read in this article that references one of the largest circulated English Newspapers in South India. We won’t hear about this on our Big Pharma supported media: Thanks for your comments – I stand corrected and have updated the article.

        • eko_hunter October 23, 2013 at 2:53 am #

          So I guess the Christians in USA don’t have access to clean water and hygiene since they have measles outbreaks recently. Or is that yet another story?

          • Camilla October 24, 2013 at 10:13 am #

            Actually, the measles outbreaks are amongst the vaccinated population. Do your research! It is lazy people that follow blindly that are the real threat. Think for yourself! And if in the end you feel that vaccines work and are safe then you don’t have to worry about those that aren’t vaccinated since you are protected, right?

            Unvaccinated people are far healthier, nothing compares to true immunity and if you are a Christian as you say, then trust that God designed your body to function without man-made chemicals and live viruses being injected into your system.

  4. Brendan October 21, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Do you even science? Nothing posted here is true.

    • Mary Bloomer October 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Brendan, you perhaps didn’t check out any of the resources listed in the post? If you have the credentials to challenge the Cochrane Database, PubMed and the National Institutes of Health, please feel free to plead your case.

      • eko_hunter October 23, 2013 at 2:51 am #

        Where do you cite PubMed? I see only pages like Mercola- vaxtruth- vactruth- greenmedia- gaia-, such pages are obviously anti-BigPharma

        • Mary Bloomer October 23, 2013 at 9:29 am #

          It appears you didn’t actually click on any of the links, if you had you would have seen that GreenMedInfo links to dozens of peer reviewed study abstracts like this one from the Cochrane Database: or this one from the Lancet:

          You are free to get all the flu shots you want, I choose not to and think people have a right to know the potential dangers of any pharmaceutical drug. You can’t undo the damage once it happens. The Big Pharmaceutical companies wield a staggering amount of power in this country (and the world) and their money has corrupted the FDA, the CDC and our politicians. I make no apologies for what I say here. Every year 106,000 people die from legally prescribed, properly dosed pharmceuticals – the same companies that make these drugs make vaccines.

          The top 6 drug companies were fined $11 billion dollars – a mere pittance of their profits. “Although the global pharmaceutical industry racked up $11 billion in fines in the last three years, “Companies might well view such fines as a quite small percentage of their global revenue” according to Boston University lawyer Kevin Outterson. “If so, little has been done to change the system. The government merely recoups a portion of the financial fruit of firms’ past misdeeds.” But trust among doctors is so low that they dismiss clinical trials funded by the industry, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.” Drugs can do many good things, but they all carry risks. If I had to take a drug, I’d take one, but for the flu, thanks, but no thanks, I’ll take my chances with Mother Nature.

    • Camilla October 24, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      You can easily look up the vaccine package inserts and see that this is true, not only are they not tested, full of dangerous and questionable ingredients, they come with a boat load of side effects that include seizures, death and some even saw right on that package in fine print “Autism.” If Americans would start to think for their selves we could take our country back.

      • Mary Bloomer October 25, 2013 at 10:35 am #

        Great points on the package inserts, Camilla, and thanks for clarifying that the outbreaks of measles (and whooping cough) have occurred primarily in the vaccinated populations and not in the “Christian” communities as was commented early. And yes, why should people who choose vaccination (under the assumption that they do work) worry about those who aren’t?

  5. Catt October 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I would never willingly accept a Flu vaccine or any vaccine for that matter. I well remember the fiasco when the Flu vaccine appeared on the market. It was pretty horrendous. Not only that, I am one of those who contracted Polio from the oral vaccine in 1963. A year later I had developed Hypothyroidism and have recently been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditi; an auto immune disorder. Two of my children were harmed from the DPT booster and the MMR vaccine. The child who reacted to the MMR went on to contract Measles 12 years later. So much for lifelong or any kind of immunity. It’s all a bunch of hype and quackery based on junk science spewed by that plageurist, Pasteur.

  6. tasha October 23, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    We never have and never will receive the flu shot. It is the biggest scam! It’s now a $3Billion dollar a year industry. I find it even more comical that people actually think its keeping them from getting the flu.

    • Ashley Steinbrinck October 23, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      AMEN! Tasha

    • Mary Bloomer October 23, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      Nice of you to post, Tasha, I wish everyone understood as you do that the motive (sadly) behind the push for vaccines is more often profit than good health. Vaccines are publicly traded on the stock market just like any other drugs. Be well!

  7. Tara October 23, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    This article is so well written and to the point. I am posting it on my SIL’s wall. Thank you.

    • Mary Bloomer October 23, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Thanks, Tara!

      • Tara October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am #

        sure, and thank you

  8. Shawn Siegel October 23, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    In 1955, the year after the polio vaccine was introduced, the CDC radically changed the definition of the disease, literally eliminating – not eradicating – upwards of 90% of cases thenceforth to be diagnosed, with a coupla strokes of the pen. This is called a scam; a con game – and then the industry has the in-your-face hubris to hoist the illusory success of the vaccine as one of its banners. After even a modicum of research you begin to realize that statistical manipulation, deception and fear are the industry’s calling cards – and suppression of critical information, like the fact that every vaccine has killed many, caused life-threatening reactions and permanent disabilities in many more, and sent tens of thousands to the emergency room for treatment. We are told to rely on our doctors to assure our informed vaccine consent, yet medical schools teach their students nothing about the reality or nature of serious vaccine damage. It’s an ethical boondoggle, degrading the health of the nation.

    The immune system is a wondrous machine, when left unadulterated: unvaccinated; unassaulted by processed food, GMO’s, and antibiotics used as though they were candy. A robust immune system will minimize the occurrence of disease, and assure a speedy recovery when sick, with careful monitoring and appropriate, natural treatment when necessary.

    Vaccines are truly a sordid business.

    • Ashley Steinbrinck October 23, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      That was so well put, Shawn Siegel! Gosh – I’d love to have you write an article ; )

    • Mary Bloomer October 23, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Shawn, I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you for your insightful and revealing comments. Your comments on the immune system are so true. We just hope the human species/DNA isn’t too far gone to recover from all this damage.

  9. stan_in_usa October 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I myself am 49 years old. Haven’t gotten a flu vaccination in thirty years. Still healthy as a horse. Now my son is 15 years old., His pediatrician says he should get a flu shot. Told him if he gives my son a flu vaccination, I will sue his balls off.

    • Mary Bloomer October 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks for the feedback, Stan. You are another example of a person maintaining good health without chemical intervention! Glad your son is healthy, too. Unfortunately, parents have had their children vaccinated against their will and are being denied the right to choose what they feel is in their children’s best interest.

    • CATRYNA November 3, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Good for you

  10. CATRYNA November 3, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    The answer to the article question is “absolutely NOT!”

  11. Lonna December 15, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I’ve had one flu shot in my life, and became so ill I thought I was gonna die. I’ve never gotten another one and have only had common colds, that have not required medical attention. My husband and my son, who is 18, have never had one and experience sickness rarely. My daughter, who is 8, on the other hand, had several as a baby and became severely ill after them every time. She has developed terrible allergies and asthma. I have not gotten the flu shot for her in 2 years, and feel I’ve been ridiculed for not doing so. She still gets sick several times a year, but two less times since not getting her the flu shots that are so recommended.

    • Mary Bloomer February 11, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      Thanks much for sharing your story, Lonna. We’re sorry to hear of the problems you had following your shots. We wish you and your family good health!