5 Reasons to Think Twice Before Getting a Flu Shot

It’s late autumn, the traditional start of the cold and flu season, when you see signs promoting flu shots adorning doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, pharmacies, even big box retailers. As a result, millions of Americans will dutifully roll up their sleeves and trust that this year’s vaccine will keep them healthy throughout the cold winter months.

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But is this ubiquitous vaccine all it’s cracked up to be in terms of protecting you from the flu? Furthermore, is receiving an injection like this year after year the wise thing to do for your long term health? While I don’t claim to be an expert in chemistry, medicine, or biology, I can report that I have never received a flu shot and cannot recall ever contracting the flu. And as a student of health and fitness, I’ve discovered that there are plenty of credible reasons to consider other alternatives to optimizing your health than subjecting yourself to repeated injections of toxic chemicals and virus strains grown on living tissue. Here are five:

1. There is little evidence that flu shots actually work. The flu shot is only able to protect against certain strains of the flu, so if you come into contact with a strain—and there are many–that you are not protected from, then you will still get the flu. According to the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) own website, for example, the 2014-15 flu vaccine was only 19% effective, which means that over 80% of people who received a flu vaccine that year were unprotected from the flu. Worse, according to the data reported by the CDC, since they first recommended that children under 5 receive the flu vaccine just before the 2003-2004 flu season, there has been an average increase of 67% of flu-associated deaths in children. Plus, a 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. Unfortunately, the data suggests that getting the flu vaccine gives people a false sense of protection from contracting the flu.

2. The flu vaccine, as well as all other vaccines, contain mercury, a harmful heavy metal that can seriously compromise your health. Vaccines contain a preservative called Thimerosal, which contains mercury. The amount of mercury in a multi-dose flu shot is 250 times higher than what is legally classified as hazardous waste. Even so-called, “Thimerosal-free” vaccines contain enough trace amounts of mercury to be considered toxic by the EPA. Side-effects of mercury toxicity include depression, memory loss, attention deficit disorder, digestive disorder, anxiety, cardiovascular problems, respiratory issues, thyroid and other glandular imbalances, and low immune system.

3. The flu vaccines contain many other toxic or hazardous ingredients, including:

    • Aluminum — a neurotoxin that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Triton x-100 – a detergent.
    • Phenol (carbolic acid) – also found in weed killer.
    • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
    • Betapropiolactone – a disinfectant.
    • Formaldehyde – classified as a carcinogen.

4. There is a vast difference between ingesting chemicals through eating or drinking verses injecting them into your bloodstream. Even if it were possible to substantiate claims that trace amounts of mercury (found in some species of fish, for example) and other harmful chemicals are too small to cause any problems, remember that, when we swallow something toxic, our digestive processes act as natural filters that greatly reduce the potency. But when you receive a flu shot, toxins are injected into the muscle and pushed directly into the bloodstream which is far stronger and more harmful. This is something the vaccine manufacturers never bother to point out.

5. There are plenty of safe and effective alternatives to protect us from the flu. With so many potential side effects while only protecting against a small number of strains, the good news is there are some natural remedies you can try that are proven to strengthen your immune system without risk of long term health problems. These include:

    • Getting plenty of vitamin D during the winter months.
    • High dose vitamin C (I take 3,000 – 5,000 mg per day…and I haven’t had a cold in nearly 3 years.)
    • Fish oil, one of nature’s most powerful tools to fight colds and flu.
    • Exercise, which produces natural immune-boosting chemicals throughout your body.
    • Eating plenty of “power-foods” like garlic, berries, and cruciferous vegetables.
    • Eliminate sugar. Few things suppress your immune system like sugary drinks and foods.
    • Reduce stress. The only thing worse than sugar to your immune system is subjecting yourself to frequent anger and stress.
    • Sleep. The more research published on sleep, the more clear the connection between sufficient sleep and a healthy immune system.

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I know this is, for some, a controversial topic and I don’t claim to be a public health expert. Neither am I in any way suggesting that no one should ever receive a flu shot. But I am convinced that, for most people, trusting in a vaccine to keep you healthy is a bit of a fallacy. Not only are the real consequences—both short and long term—there are also plenty of good alternatives to injecting toxic chemicals into your bloodstream with, at the very best, a 50/50 chance they will even work.

So before you roll up your sleeve and get that painful needle, think it over. Better yet, read some of the credible evidence from mainstream medical experts who question the viability of annual vaccine injections. Then, whether you decide to get the shot or not, at least you’re making an informed choice that takes both sides of this issue into consideration.

What are your thoughts on the flu vaccine? Have you ever considered that there may be harmful consequences from getting a flu shot? Or do you think it has helped you stave off sickness during the winter months? I’d love to get your comments.

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    13 Responses to 5 Reasons to Think Twice Before Getting a Flu Shot

    1. Doug November 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm #


      I am a proponent of vaccines for these reasons. Many of these diseases have been eradicated because of the mass use of vaccines. Nothings perfect but it’s all we have. Also not dismissing your ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure either. I say “shotgun it”.

      small pox
      whooping cough
      and the list goes on and on.
      Thanks for the article

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 10, 2017 at 9:56 am #

        Thanks for you comment, Doug. I am not against all vaccines, but since the flu shot is basically a guess every year in terms of actually working, I opt towards more promising remedies like those I mention in the post.
        Appreciate your response.


    2. Jim November 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

      Have you ever thought of the harmful costs of spreading the flu to others who are less able to fight it off? Flu kills thousands in US every year, mostly the elderly. Do we have an obligation to those other than ourselves? The flu shot saves lives, even if not your own.

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 10, 2017 at 11:29 am #

        Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Jim. There are many healthy alternatives to protecting vulnerable besides injecting ourselves with toxins. For example, more than half of our population is seriously deficient in Vitamin D (especially the elderly), which is a major factor in causing the flu and, unlike the flu vaccine, it works 100% of the time.
        Appreciate your engagement.

    3. Diana Brinker November 10, 2017 at 8:21 am #

      I am a pediatrician. I heard that you sell cars for a living. I would never post an article outlining how to buy a car, so why do you think you can write something like this, which could convince someone not to get a potentially life-saving vaccine? Your entire article is wrong, but there is one big point you made that I must comment on. “I have never had a flu shot, and as far as I know, I have never had the flu.” I almost guarantee you are wrong. Have you ever been tested for the flu? For some people, the flu can look like a cold. Then, you can unknowingly pass it on to others who can’t fight it as well and will get seriously ill. You have just been lucky to have not become seriously ill. I see the flu vaccine like a seat belt. It is possible to drive your entire life without a seat belt, never get in a crash and be fine. But when you have a crash you are going to wish you had it.

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 10, 2017 at 10:29 am #

        Thanks for responding, Diana. The reason I am writing on this is, contrary to the dominant narrative on mainstream media, there is far from a solid consensus on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. Many credible experts point to the dangers and fallacies of relying on flu shots to preserve your health. According to health statistics, approximately 70% of deaths in the U.S. are from chronic disease for which our allopathic medical model has no answer beyond treating the surface symptoms. Addressing the core causes of sickness is the key to long term health and wellness, not relying on chemicals with side effects.
        BTW- Just because you’re not in the car business doesn’t mean you couldn’t teach me something about buying a car. So often, ingrained knowledge is the biggest impediment to learning.
        I do appreciate your thoughtful response. We can disagree respectfully!

    4. Jenni November 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

      I really appreciate your conversational/friendly response to the commenters. Thanks for giving me things to think about.

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

        Thanks, Jenni. I have always believed that you can disagree with people without trashing their viewpoints. In the case of the flu vaccine, I’m simply trying to share another perspective on it that rarely gets any attention but people should hear so they can make an informed decision.
        I appreciate your feedback!

    5. Grant November 10, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

      Hi Bill! This is a topic that often hits a nerve – and it sure did! There’s so much information on all sides of this debate that it’s rather like trying to sort through which diet is right for you. Meatless? Paleo? Vegan? High fat? No fat? The choices seem endless (the ‘expert’ commentaries are as well), and there does not seem to be a definitive, “right” answer. I appreciate you leaning into this subject in a thoughtful and respectful way – if nothing else, it will hopefully get some folks thinking about what’s right for them and doing their own research. In the end, I believe your main point is spot on: proactively taking care of your health – I’ve seen figures that suggest something like 80 – 85% of all health-related issues, whether mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical are behavioral in nature – is a matter of lifestyle choices. Thank you for keeping the discussion going!

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am #

        Thanks Grant. Your comments on behavior and health is well taken. My research suggests that approximately 70% of all deaths in this country are attributable to chronic disease, for which modern medicine has no solution other than treating symptoms. There is so much we can do every day to bolster our immune systems and address the core issues of our illness with out resorting to toxic injections with unknown long term effects. That’s the essence of my message.
        Thank you for weighing in

    6. Ken streeter November 11, 2017 at 7:00 am #

      Thank you Bill, I personally know 0 people that died from the flu, and in 52 years I’ve never known anybody who had a loved one die from the flu. I’m not saying that it’s impossible I just have never experienced it. Now, I do now five people that have died from a car accident. That is 500% more people that died from car accidents than the flu and I’m not going to stop driving. Thank you for the great information I appreciate it.

    7. Rob November 12, 2017 at 8:37 am #

      For myself, I like to let the body do what it was made to do. I feel by always intoducing different drugs into the system, it reduces the body’s immune system to fight on its own, it becomes dependent on the foreign substances. A healthy lifestyle goes a long way in assisting the body without using drugs. No flu shots here……I just do not believe in them for me or my children, who are now young adults to make that decision on their own now.

      • Bill Marsh Jr November 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm #

        Well said, Rob. Although, for some with compromised immune systems, a flu shot may make sense, for healthy people, there are so many ways to fight off illness using the body’s well-designed functions. To me, it seems we as a society have become too quick to turn to drugs verses allowing nutrition, exercise and sleep to keep us healthy.
        Appreciate your comments.

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