Five Reasons Why I’ll Never Get a Flu Shot

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If you’re looking for a deeply scientific treatise on the flu shot, this isn’t it.

I’m not a chemist, a physician or someone with an advanced degree in biology. I’m just a mom with an internet connection. I’m a person who has researched and compiled an assortment of worrisome facts that point in one direction: the flu shot is NOT beneficial.

Some of these reasons are backed up by science, and others are an acceptance of that little voice of reason whispering “Something just isn’t right about this.” As a reader, you are welcome to take my personal instinct with a grain of salt. I strongly encourage you to do your own independent research and come to your own conclusions. Look for sources that are not linked to the dollars being earned from these flu shots – no Big Pharma funded studies, no CDC, no FDA. Check out the funding for the studies that you cite and then judge the findings accordingly.

First of all, it just doesn’t work.

The propaganda machine will tell you that the flu shot is “60% effective”, but this is a blatant manipulation of the statistics. This article published last year at Natural News  explains how the numbers are “massaged” to present the picture that Big Pharma (who funds the research) wants presented. In actuality, the flu shot prevents the flu in only 1.5 out of 100 adults. You can wade through the abstract at The Lancet here.

1.5%. Let that sink in. That means that you have a 98.5% chance it WON’T work. Why would anyone possibly have something foreign injected into his or her body with those odds?

Part of the reason it is ineffective it because it’s guesswork. Scientists must attempt to predict which 3 viruses (of the over-300 influenza viruses that have been identified) will be the most prevalent during a given year. If you get the flu shot and are then exposed to virus #4-300, you will have no additional immunity to those.

Natural News just published an article yesterday that tells us many of the people being struck down in the current epidemic have received vaccinations, which clearly did not have the desired effect.

Secondly, there are horrible things in the flu shot.

The flu shot contains some incredibly nasty stuff. Obviously it contains the virus itself, either “dead” or “attenuated” (weakened). But it also contains a host of other harmful toxins. The inclusion of these toxins is not speculation – you can read the CDC’s ingredients lists of the common vaccines in the United States HERE. Following is a little primer giving some information on the toxic ingredients that you can find in the CDC’s ingredients lists. Take the time to cross-match these toxins to the vaccine that is given in your area. You have the right to request the ingredients insert before you take the vaccine or subject your child to it.

  • 2-Phenoxyethanol is an anti-bacterial agent being used as a replacement for the preservative Thimerosal (mercury). It’s considered a very toxic material that could cause a boatload of side effects, including behavioral disorders … vomiting … diarrhea … visual disturbances … convulsions … rapid heart rate … central nervous system disorders … depression … kidney, liver and blood disorders … and reproductive defects.
  • Aluminum shows up in vaccines in many forms – like aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxy phosphate sulfate and aluminum hydroxide, to name a few. It works as an “adjuvant” to stimulate your immune system’s response to the virus in the vaccine.  The problem is … aluminum is a particularly dangerous neurotoxin. It has the ability to slip past your body’s natural defenses and enter your brain – potentially causing brain damage … Alzheimer’s disease … dementia … convulsions … and coma. Human and animal studies have shown that aluminum can even cause nerve death.
  • Ammonium Sulfate is a substance commonly added to pesticides. It’s not known at this time if it’s cancer-causing, but it has been suspected of gastrointestinal, liver, nervous system and respiratory system toxicity.
  • Beta-Propiolactone ranks high as a hazardous chemical on at least five federal regulatory lists. It caused lymphomas and hepatomas after being injected into lab mice, but its true effect on humans is not known. Due to animal study results, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified beta-propiolactone as a possible human carcinogen.
  • Formaldehyde is used as a preservative to stabilize the vaccine. It’s a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that’s mostly used in industry to manufacture building materials and produce many household products. Plus, it’s also used to embalm – and preserve – dead bodies. (Remember the frog in your high school biology lab?)  Formaldehyde is suspected of weakening the immune system and causing neurological system damage … genetic damage … metabolic acidosis (excessive blood acidity) … circulatory shock … respiratory insufficiency … and acute renal (kidney) failure. It’s been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by IARC and is ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds on at least eight federal regulatory lists.
  • Formalin helps preserve the vaccine. It’s a mixture of formaldehyde, methanol and water. It’s mostly used to preserve tissue samples in health care laboratories and presents the same danger to your health as formaldehyde does.
  • Gentamicin Sulfate is an antibiotic that ‘s been known to cause deafness or loss of equilibrioception (sense of balance). It can also be highly nephrotoxic (damage your kidneys) if multiple doses accumulate over time.
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) excites and poisons your cells and tissues. It’s used as a stabilizer in vaccines and is also found in many processed foods.  MSG has been shown to cause retinal degeneration … behavior disorders … learning disabilities … reproductive disorders … obesity … and even lesions on the brains of lab animals. Allergic reactions to MSG can be severe.
  • MRC-5 Cellular Protein is human diploid cells taken from aborted human fetuses. They’re used as a culture to grow the virus.
  • Neomycin is an antibiotic that has been shown to have multiple effects on your body. It can be a neurotoxin and an ototoxin (affect hearing and balance). It also can cause respiratory paralysis, kidney damage and kidney failure. Plus, it retards your vitamin B6 absorption, sometimes leading to mental retardation and epilepsy. Some allergic reactions to neomycin can be life threatening.
  • Octoxinol-9 is a vaginal spermicide.
  • Phenol is included in vaccines to help stimulate immune response. Instead, it does the opposite – by inhibiting phagocytic activity. Phagocytes are your body’s first line of defense. They engulf and digest antigens and activate the other elements of your immune system. Phenol’s phagocytic-inhibiting effect actually hinders your immune system from properly dealing with the pathogens that are entering your body through the vaccine.
  • Phenol is used in the production of drugs, weed killers and synthetic resins, so you can imagine the effect it has on the human body. It’s considered to be toxic to your cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous, reproductive and respiratory systems … your liver … your kidneys … and your skin.  Phenol is so deadly that is was used by the Nazis as a means of extermination during the World War II. Phenol injections were given to thousands of people in concentration camps – especially at Auschwitz-Birkenau – to kill those who were mentally ill, had incurable tuberculosis and were permanently incapable of work.
  • Polymyxin B is an antibiotic with some nasty side effects – neurotoxicity and acute renal tubular necrosis (the most common cause of kidney failure).
  • Polysorbate 80 (Tween-80) works as a stabilizer in the vaccine. It’s used in a wide variety of products including ice cream, milk products, vitamin tablets, lotions and creams and medical products like vaccines and anti-cancer medications. But it’s not as safe as it sounds. According to the December 2005 issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, polysorbate 80 can affect your immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock, which can kill. It also causes cancer in animals.
  • Streptomycin is an antibiotic. Its main side effect is ototoxicity – the loss of hearing.
  • Thimerosal is used as a preservative in the vaccine. It contains 49.6% mercury by weight and has been implicated in many health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease … autism … seizures … mental retardation … hyperactivity … dyslexia … and many more nervous system conditions.  The mercury used in vaccines is second in toxicity only to the radioactive substance, Uranium. It’s a powerful neurotoxin that can damage the entire nervous system of an infant in no time.
  • Plus, the inclusion of aluminum and even formaldehyde with the mercury in the vaccine magnifies the problem. Aluminum can make the mercury 100 times more toxic. Toss in formaldehyde as well, and one independent study found that mercury toxicity was increased by 1,000 times.


There is a risk of terrible side effects.

I’d honestly rather take my chances with the flu than to have myself injected with something that carries the risk of such side effects on the off-chance (the 1.5% off-chance) that I might avoid catching the 1% of viruses that the shot “protects” me from.

The CDC itself warns:

Mild Problems

  • soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • hoarseness; sore, red or itchy eyes; cough
  • fever
  • aches
  • headache
  • itching
  • fatigue

If these problems occur, they usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days.

Moderate Problems

Young children who get inactivated flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) at the same time appear to be at increased risk for seizures caused by fever. Ask your doctor for more information.

Tell your doctor if a child who is getting flu vaccine has ever had a seizure.

Severe Problems

  • Life-threatening allergic reactions from vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.
  • In 1976, a type of inactivated influenza (swine flu) vaccine was associated with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). Since then, flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS. However, if there is a risk of GBS from current flu vaccines, it would be no more than 1 or 2 cases per million people vaccinated. This is much lower than the risk of severe influenza, which can be prevented by vaccination.

But what they don’t tell you is that not all adverse reactions are reported and that when they are, the statistics are doctored to keep the do-good reputation of the shot untarnished.

In searching the year 2011 on the CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website – ( – it was found that 51 deaths were caused by the flu vaccines, along with 232 life threatening events, 116 permanent disabilities, 739 hospitalizations, 109 prolonged hospitalizations, 4,039 ER visits, and 6,221 “not serious” reports. According to the National Vaccine Information Centerfewer than one percent of all adverse vaccine reactions are ever reported


Also, consider cases like that of Desiree Jennings, the Washington Redskins cheerleader who suffered a paralyzing nerve disorder after receiving her seasonal flu shot. Not only did the industry refuse to compensate her for her trauma and enormous medical bills, vicious attempts were made to publicly discredit her.

Jennings was a fit and healthy cheerleader up until August when she got a seasonal flu shot. Ten days after the shot she began experiencing flu like symptoms, followed by severe convulsions and black outs. After seeing around 60 doctors, Jennings was eventually diagnosed with dystonia, a paralyzing neurological disorder that causes the muscles to relentlessly contract and spasm, causing extreme difficulties with walking, talking and general body movements.

Despite the fact that doctors who vigorously examined her condition at both Fairfax Inova and Johns Hopkins confirmed that she was suffering from dystonia, and that the cause of the illness was her reaction to the flu shot, numerous apologists for big pharma have ludicrously claimed that her story is a hoax and that her disease is imaginary, citing no evidence whatsoever and having had no contact with Jennings at all.

Next, I do not trust  the FDA.

FDA approval means less than nothing to me. If the FDA approves it, it just means that the company behind it has enough money and clout to get it approved. I do not trust  the FDA to look out for the best interests of me, my children, or anyone else’s children, for that matter. I wrote an article last year regarding the FDA and here are some of the observations that really show the agenda of the agency:

  • The FDA wants to be in control of ALL things ingested by the American people. The FDA is simply an enforcing tentacle of the big business organized crime syndicate that actually runs the United States, and is thus complicit in the plans of the New World Order. 
  • The FDA can overlook the horrible side effects and suicides caused by anti-depressant pharmaceuticals while attempting to ban the sale of St. John’s Wort, a remedy that has been used successfully for hundreds of years.
  • The FDA can bypass the deadly e-coli outbreaks occurring in massive factory farms where the animals are squeezed in so compactly that they can’t turn around, but they want to prosecute an organic farmer for using manure as compost.
  • The FDA can cheerfully tell the American people, “Don’t worry, there’s nothing to see here”  with regard to the ever-rising radiation levels in milk but they want to raid the dairies of an Amish man who sells milk right from the cow, as it has been consumed for centuries.
  • The FDA wholeheartedly supports genetic modification of our crops and livestock.  The FDA endorses additives and preservatives.  The FDA promotes chemical pharmaceuticals over gentle natural remedies.

MSM’s Constant Endorsement

And finally, when the media pushes it, I automatically decline. Seriously – anytime there is a big hype or something is made to be mandatory, my gut tells me “This isn’t good.” Look at all of the commercials for anti-depressants. Look at all the soothing newscasters telling us how “we don’t have to suffer.” Look at how GMOs are being promoted as the answer to world hunger. Real journalism is all but dead and can only be found in alternative media sources. The mainstream media is Public Enemy #1, a group of corporate whores who put on make-up and a pretty outfit in order to seduce the public into believing what the puppet masters want them to believe. The media is owned by the same tie-wearing serial killers who own Big Pharma, government agencies and the financial industry.

It may sound illogical but I firmly believe the MSM is complicit in the overthrow of personal sovereignty. Therefore, if something is heartily endorsed by them I am immediately suspicious. I refuse to be submissively led along by the folks on the tube. When they repeat something over and over, at the very least it requires close and careful investigation, if not all-out rejection of what they are saying. There is nearly ALWAYS an agenda and that agenda is nearly always one that crushes liberty or health in the name of power or money.

Any mainstream article on the flu that you read states some form of the following: “The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.” It is a not-so-subtle brainwashing. It hearkens back to the theories of Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.

  • “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
  • “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”
  • “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

This programming has allowed many organizations to make the flu shot a term of participation, with little outcry from the public. Workplaces, schools and other activities across the US and Canada have instituted policies that force all participants to receive a flu shot. Long-term hospital employees have been fired for refusing to have the toxin injected into themselves. Children have been banned from pre-schools and daycares in 6 states. In brighter news, widespread refusal of healthcare workers in British Columbia has resulted in the province dropping the policy for the remainder of the year.

I don’t believe that all health care professionals and flu-shot advocates have ill-intent. I think that many of them have just sipped the mainstream media Kool-aid – the tale-spinners of Big Pharma have slipped in just enough truth to make their theories believable. Many people are deep-down decent and have difficulty believing that such a perverse money/power agenda could exist.

Mandatory policies of this nature always trigger a suspicious response from me. They whisper the ominous words “soft-kill eugenics” to me. No, I don’t have proof of this, but I’d rather err on the side of longevity. I’ll take the risk of illness that my healthy immune system can fight off over the risk of being forcibly inoculated with whatever toxins the creators of these vaccines choose to include. I’ll use my little arsenal of home remedies and come through it without the risk of long-term side effects that have yet to be discovered (or at least, have yet to be made public).

What do you think about the flu shot?

Did you take the vaccine? Why or why not? Please feel free to share links to any interesting sources or studies on this topic.

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  • somesailor

    of all the shots and vaccines given to men and women in the military, the flu shot is the ONLY shot that, if you do not get it, will subject you to punishment under the military justice system…

    • Ken

      I was stationed in Germany 1976 (ARMY). Thats when the first swine flu vaccine came out. I refused to take it and was informed if I didn’t, I would loose all my military benefits. I went ahead and took the shot.That was the last part of November. I went home on leave December 1st-31st. I got sick about the second week and was in bed for a week and 1/2. I actually thought I was gonna die!I said then, “I’ll never take another one!”

  • cara

    I am glad you put in the paragraph about the reader looking at who funded the research. Many people don’t realize that research can be pure science or can be directed to a specific outcome depending on how that study was designed.
    I have not taken a flu shot ever since I realized that they make the immunization the year before they give it to me so they have NO idea what version is going around. They are injecting me with last years guess. Also I am bothered by the toxic chemicals in the immunizations and I watched a video of a eugenics conference. I saw Bill Gates talking about his foundation and how it was being used world wide for eugenics. He went on to say they were “using birth control, abortion and vaccinations” for this purpose. I replayed that video several times. I listened to the several minutes before and after that statement to be sure of the context in which it was said. From that moment to this I have never had any type of immunization. And I have advised my adult children to avoid them and why.

  • jostat

    As I have stated before, as a 20+ year hospital nurse I refuse to get a flu shot and have done so for years. I take care of flu patients and have not caught the flu myself because I practice universal precautions. (Mostly hand-washing. Simple, but it works)
    I agree with the author. When “they” start getting stringent with their “opinions” whether regarding an inoculation or gun control I start backing up. There is some sort of agenda here and the flu shot does not work. My co-workers have all been sick for the last month after their shots. Only those of us who refused to get it have been symptom free.

    • Valerie

      How many rounds of the hepatitis A and B vaccines did you take? I had to have two to even get in the door to do any nursing clinicals and three to volunteer as an EMT. By the way, the yeast culture for that vaccine had a much worse affect on me than anything in the flu shot. Thankfully it was only on the final round when I started to react to it. I take the flu shot not because I’m some sheep, but because universal precautions are not always universal, accidental exposures can happen, you’re not going to take universal precautions everywhere, all the time, and furthermore, I work with predominantly geriatric patients. None of that is worth taking chances. And the flu shot is around 60% effective if taken in the right season, according to Lancet.

      • jostat

        I have not had a hep A vaccine. I went through all three of the hep B series as soon as it was available. I was in healthcare when HIV first came out and we had no idea how it was transmitted or how to protect ourselves from it. Winds up that HIV is hard to catch, but Hepatitis is easy. I will not fault you for choosing to take the flu shot if that is what you want. It is not 60% effective. More like 20% and because of that I do not feel that it is worth the risk of putting it into my body. I have not caught the flu in spite of years of taking care of patients sick with it.

  • bryan warrick

    This will sound crazy but, shooting heroin or Meth is probably less dangerous. I will pass on all three, thank you.

  • Stu

    Has anyone ever asked/confronted the CDC on “why” the need/inclusion of the extra TOXINS exists?

    I’m 46 and have never had a flu-shot, my wife however does each and every year after getting the flu once years ago when she’d never had the shot.

    She claims that once I get the real flu, that I’ll be the first in line for the shot…if it gives even a partial chance of not getting it, or at least reduces it’s length.

    I just can’t understand why they’d put such harmful elements into the shot?

    Does anyone know if there’s ever been a valid or logical explanation given or attempted?

    Thx & Regards


    • Anonymous

      For the same reason they put fluoride in your water. Poisons and toxins can make you sick. And certainly by now you must know why they want you to be sick, Stu.

  • MendyB

    Uh, the Lancet report clearly states that it is affective. Your sheeple audience are just too stupid to click in the link and read it.

    • cara

      I read the Lancet link and then article and yes is says it is effective IF you get the vaccination that is for the version of flu that is going around that year. But they have no idea which of the hundreds of known versions will be going around. They need to culture the virus and then make millions of vaccinations so that means it takes 8-12 months to make enough innoculations of a known virus. So they decide in 2011 which virus will be around in 2012 and put those into flu shot that you start getting in the fall of 2012. What are the odds that they guess right?
      As far as the toxins that are included, they say that they are needed to stabilize and preserve the immunizations from the time of creation to the time of administerization.
      Last year and the year before they gave the same viruses in the flu shot. When I asked why the public was not already protected, the nurse insisted that we were only protected for the first flu season so we needed it again. But she also told me that there was nothing in a flu shot that could in any way affect my kidneys. I had had kidney stones and was aware of the toxins in the shot. She insisted that nothing in the vaccine could ever hurt my kidneys even when I pointed out the toxins. I am not sure if she was just ignorant of the contents of the shots or just blindly doing her job.

  • Michelle

    I refuse to get the flu shot at all this year for fear it will be a repeat of the last time I got one. Flu turned quickly into pneumonia that is FAR more harmful to the small children I worked with than the flu. Thought I was doing right by the kids getting a flu shot and was nearly hospitalized myself with pneumonia! Now I harbor serious concerns for my children getting any vaccines at all! Now my youngest is looking at more vaccines with his “well-child check” and I can imagine what the doctor’s going to say when I raise the concern of the mercury and aluminum content in the vaccines “he needs to stay healthy”.

  • B.

    I only question the 1 in 100 number. The rest is correct. I’m in the medical field. My wife went into full blown SVT two days after her flu shot last year. And has had so many doctor visits this year I can’t count with GBS symptoms. Her neurologist has only recently made the diagnosis. They have to “exclude” everything else first. However, her symptoms of numbness, bilaterally in her arms with difficulty swallowing and SVT? Come on. I got the vaccine this year, but what I don’t like is the forced vaccination in hospitals for employees no matter what the data shows. Have you seen all of the firings this year at hospitals? Horrible.

  • ncjoe

    Good. Then if a flu epidemic hits, you will be one of the first to die. Darwinism in action. I get a shot every year and have NEVER had the flu despite being around those that have had it. Idiot.

    • Mark

      Yea, But look what those shots have done to you mentally…Your one twisted troll.

    • Manwhoiswideawake


    • Idiot/savant

      Maybe YOU are the idiot. Remember Mom’s warning? “If jimmy jumped off the cliff would you jump too?”
      Allowing someone that has ties to big government to put ANYTHING into your body makes YOU the idiot.
      Having said that, you sir are too much of an idiot to comprehend the truth when it is staring you in the face.
      Good Day!

  • Justcause

    Maybe getting the flu once in a while is a natural way your body continues to build up it’s immune system against greater viruses. Don’t be such babies get the flu and then get over it!

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  • Rich

    The flu shots are the same Pharma hype as TAMIFLU. An independent study was done (no monetary ties to Pharma groups). Its’ results showed NO described benefits to reducing flu syptoms! They offer an example that it MAY reduce the symptoms by a day. And yet, governments are stock piling this “stuff” like crazy. All that they are doing is enriching the Pharma company. Wonder what politicians are tied into this program!

  • Karen

    I agree with you. I don’t believe in Flu shots. I think people need to learn common sense , as you said, wash your hands people, cover your mouth when you cough and for god sake, stay home when your sick! I am in the business of doing nails and it amazes me how many people will still come out to have their nails done when their sick! I wear a mask if someone coughs or looks unwell, and I throw away everything when I’m finished. And sanitize everything ! I am constantly wiping door handles with bleach .ANd well, sometimes we are just going to get sick. I think I have a pretty good immune system, but I have had the flu once in my life and it was bad, but its going to happen sometimes. And I will rest and let my body heal and then all will be well!

  • jostat

    I have also read the lancet report, and the CDC information about the current flu in progress. There are certain groups who are harping on the “pandemic of a deadly flu strain” Referring to H3N2 which is a swine flu variant. However, a little more reading shows that H3N2 is almost impossible to transmit person to person and is primarily a pig to human transmission. The current flu in the US is a seasonal variety that, go figure, is NOT prevented by the current flu shot because they guessed wrong yet again as to which variant was going to come this year. When they compile their statistics they combine BOTH types of flu. Thus they can hype about the “deadly” flu without mentioning that the serious one isn’t what is prevalent. They also never talk about how seldom their vaccine is actually effective for the version of flu that is occurring. Again, it is 60% effective IF it happens to be the right type for the strain. This seldom happens. 8 out of 10 times their guess is wrong and the vaccine is not effective for the flu strain circulating.

  • John

    In 1976 my brother took the regular flu shot offered then. He also took a form of aspirin and within a couple weeks got a case of GB. His nervous system deteriorated to the point he was hospitalized and using an old style iron lung. Gradually over months his system restored to the point he has been wheel chair bound since 1976 and paralyzed from the waste down. This is a long time to be in a wheel chair. Getting any shot isn’t worth that!

  • PedsRN

    167 children died in 2013-2013 from influenza, and 90% of the children who died were unvaccinated. I guess you could argue that 167 is a small number, but it’s not so small to the family that lost a child.

  • UMadBro

    I took a flu shot in 1996 then got in a horrible car accident a week later. Being that they both happened within a short time period of each other it was obvious case of “correlation = causation” (famous scientific saying). Haven’t gotten a flu shot since! #YOLO!