Why We Don’t Get the Flu Shot

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It’s that time of year when you start seeing signs and advertisements (and even commercials) about the Flu Shot. You know, the ones that say “Get Your Flu Shot Here”.

Now, I need to admit that I used to get a yearly flu shot – mainly when I was in college and nursing school and before I had kids. After having kids and starting my journey into Real Food, I naturally started looking into other things I put into my body besides food. Prior to that, I never second-guessed vaccines. After all, it’s what the government and my doctors had always strongly suggested, right

Now, if you refuse the flu shot, it can feel like you are in the minority.

For some background info, you should know that my first two kids are fully vaccinated. My youngest is not. He has had a few vaccines but we’ve skipped a lot of them. I don’t judge those of you who have fully vaccinated kids OR those of you who get the flu shot every year. I think we all make the best decisions for our family based on the information we have at the time. For me, more information has led to the decision of less (or no more) vaccines.

For the last 6 years or so, none of us have gotten the flu vaccine and here are a few reasons why:

1. I don’t like putting unnatural stuff into our bodies.

One of the best sources for vaccine information is the National Vaccine Information Center. Here’s what they have to say about what’s in the vaccine:

The flu vaccine is prepared from the fluids of chick embryos inoculated with a specific type(s) of influenza virus. The strains of flu virus in the vaccine are inactivated with formaldehyde and preserved with Thimerosal, which is a mercury derivative. (There is a limited supply of thimerosal-free influenza vaccines and it is supplied in single dose vials which do not require a preservative).

Influenza vaccines are Category C drugs, which means that animal reproduction studies have not been conducted and it is not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or if they can affect reproduction capacity. -Source

Even more, if you would like an eye-opening lesson, check out the ingredients in the Seasonal/H1N1 flu vaccine here!

2. I prefer us to build immunities on our own.

When you obtain the flu naturally (actually getting sick from it), you build long-lasting (even lifetime) immunities to that strain and closely related strains. That goes for other diseases as well. The flu shot only offers temporary immunity. And since they try to guess which flu strains will be prevalent the next flu season and only include 3 of them, it’s not guaranteed that it will protect from that years’ actual strains. PLUS, the flu virus strains are always changing and mutating – so that’s a lot to keep up with! 

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3. I work hard to naturally prevent (and treat) the flu.

We use Homemade Elderberry Syrup to help prevent the flu. It’s also a great treatment (in place of Tamiflu) if you DO happen to come down with the flu. Read more here about Elderberry Syrup: A Natural Cold/Flu Remedy, and how to cheaply make it yourself.

Cod Liver Oil is another immune system booster. Also, I firmly believe that eating mostly Real Food helps a TON. We have been sick so much less since doing so. Things like coconut oil and homemade chicken broth are other great things to add into your diet.

*Update: We also eat Juice Plus capsules (adults) and chewables (kids) daily. It’s made (LITERALLY) of ground up and then gently dehydrated fruit and vegetables, powdered and put into capsules or chewables. I highly recommend them. You can find out more and order them by visiting my Juice Plus website.

In my mind, it makes sense that if your body isn’t having to deal with chemicals, pesticides, and fake food and instead is getting nourished by what it’s receiving, then it can do a better job fighting off diseases and sicknesses. No official source for that statement, by the way. Only common sense!

4. The potential side effects/dangers outweigh the fear.

The “swine flu epidemic” of last year was a big drama-fest, in my opinion. In fact, the numbers were so low that at one point the CDC actually instructed states to stop counting cases. Weird, huh? It’s important to know that this years’ vaccine INCLUDES the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine as well. If you are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant, you may want to read a recent article on how a Study Confirms Anecdotal Link Between Flu Vax and Miscarriage. To me, that vaccine is certainly too new and unstudied to be injecting it into my body. Source

5. I’m not convinced the flu shot is even effective.

And I’m not alone. Read this:

Like all vaccines, the flu vaccine only gives a temporary immunity to the virus strains or closely related virus strains contained in the vaccine. The only way to get natural and permanent immunity to a strain of flu is to recover naturally from the flu. Natural immunity to a particular strain of flu can be protective if that strain or closely related strains come around again in the future. However, because the vaccine only provides temporary immunity to selected strains and those strains may or may not be prevalent each year, doctors say you have to get a flu shot every year.

Every year, federal health agency officials try to guess which three flu strains are most likely to be prevalent in the U.S. the following year to determine which strains will be included in next year’s flu vaccine. If they guess right, the vaccine is thought to be 70 to 90 percent effective in temporarily preventing the flu of the season in healthy persons less than 65 years old. For those over 65 years old, the efficacy rate drops to 30 to 40%  but the vaccine is assumed to be 50 to 60% effective in preventing hospitalization and pneumonia and 80% effective in preventing death from the flu. When health officials do not correctly predict which flu strains will be most prevalent and the vaccine’s effectiveness is much lower for that year.

However, according to a 2011 review of existing research, inactivated influenza vaccine had a pooled efficacy of 59% for adults 18 to 65 years of age for 8 out of 12 seasons. Similar data for inactivated influenza vaccine for adults over 65 years of age and children between 2-17 years of age was lacking and require additional study. This same review found that Live-Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV), had a pooled efficacy of 83% in 9 of the 12 seasons analyzed for children aged 6 months to 7 years. Similar data for LAIV efficacy for children aged 8-17 years was lacking and requires additional study.  –Source

So, basically, it’s 59% effective (on average) in adults. Just over 50/50. To me, the additives and preservatives in the shot aren’t enough for me to benefit from a 50% chance of maybe getting the flu. I’ve had the flu before and while it’s inconvenient and no fun to be sick, the preventative measures I take and the natural remedies (like Elderberry Syrup) that I use have caused my recovery to be quick.

I have had people ask me if I would get the flu shot for me or my kids if one of us was in the “high risk” group – elderly or very young or with weakened immune systems. My answer would still be “No”. The reason? Having something injected into me that could possibly further weaken my immune system as a foreign substance just doesn’t make sense. I am sure others might make a different decision and that is fine!

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    Robert Spurling
    September 27, 2016

    Fantastic suggestions ! BTW if people require a FL 12.922(a) , my kids found a sample form here “https://goo.gl/vDTjIs“.

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    Jennifer
    January 25, 2014

    Ok do what you want – just keep away from my child who happens to have CF. Thank God for people who have shots and think about people like us. They are welcome round to play at ours anytime!

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      Melissa
      January 25, 2014

      Jennifer – I’m sorry that you have to deal with CF – I’m sure that is very scary and unsettling. I know I would be extra precautious if my child had CF, too.

      But I’m curious if your child is vaccinated why an unvaccinated person would pose any risk?

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    Gary Adams
    November 16, 2013

    I will let GOD be my immune system. We already have to many chemicals in our body today without putting more in.

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    Gary Adams
    November 16, 2013

    I would not give my child any vacs. My son has autism from them and my daughter almost did because of them.

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      Melissa
      November 17, 2013

      I’m so sorry to hear about the effect on your children. I think these stories definitely need to be heard. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Wanda
    November 16, 2013

    I’m inclined to believe that building natural defenses is better. When I was 12 or 13 I came down with a horrible bout of flu. I was in bed for 2 weeks. Horrible BUT I haven’t gotten it since then. I’ve only had flu once in my life (for reference I’m in my mid 30’s). I know for a fact that my parents never gave me the flu vaccine. I started getting them on my own during college. And since college I’d gotten them every year. No questions asked. After I got pregnant 3 years ago I started to educate myself about vaccines. I don’t think I’m able to process everything I’ve read. But I’ve decided to skip flu vaccines for my family this year. The thing that really made the decision for me was learning that the H1N1 is included. In my opinion that vaccine is too new and hasn’t been studied enough. So that’s that. I’m scared I’m doing my child a disservice but I remember that my brother’s and I never got them and we’ve each only had it once.

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    Deena Armstrong
    September 16, 2013

    I used to get sick all the time, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis and more. My husband was worried for me all the time. I have been on Juice Plus for a little over four years now and haven’t been sick at all outside of a small cold. I will continue to be on Juice Plus for the rest of my life. All three, fruits, vegetables and the berries. I have also added Juice Plus complete to my daily routine and my health is so much better. No more high blood pressure, I sleep better, drink more water and am very regular unlike before I started on Juice Plus. Don’t take my word for it, take the words of all the professionals that study nutrition. Juice Plus is backed by Gold Standard research. http://www.darmstrongjuiceplus.com

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      Melissa
      September 16, 2013

      Thanks Deena – we eat Juice plus at our house too! Love it!

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      KC
      November 20, 2013

      We used to do Juice Plus when I was still living with my parents and I NEVER got sick, now that I am on my own with my little family I have stopped and man can I tell a difference!!!!! I have actually just recently started looking into it again!

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    Christina
    August 20, 2013

    Very well put ^-^ I haven’t had a fly shot in years (probably since I was a child), and I have at the most caught 1-2 colds lol and that’s it.

    I don’t have kids (yet) and when I do, I probably won’t vaccinate them either after all I’ve heard and read.

    Also…some commentors said their were diseases you can’t build an immunity too, if that’s the case…whats the point in being vaccinated for them? Isn’t the idea of a vaccine to inject you with “insert what ever you don’t want to catch here” so you body builds anti-bodies for it? If so I don’t see where a vaccine would help…just my thoughts.

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      Melissa
      August 20, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Christina! You ask a good question…..curious if anyone will comment on it. 🙂

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        Cynthia
        August 24, 2013

        I don’t like putting unnatural stuff in my body either and I lost my job because of it. As many who work in the medical field are finding there is a tremendous push to receive the flu shot and to go against the grain is like swimming up a waterfall… Anyway last year the hospital announced that you must have documented prove of a flu shot or be fired. Therefore I was forced to resign in order to keep maintain a good standing. A large number of people got the shot to keep their jobs. One person claimed religious reasons, what I learned is that some (not all) vaccines are made with aborted fetus cells.

        Anyway, I am glad people are speaking up and sharing the truth behind vaccines and flu shots because if I can be forced by work who will force me later….?

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          Melissa
          August 25, 2013

          I agree – refusing the flu shot IS like swimming up a waterfall. So sorry you had to lose your job over it. When I went to hear a vaccine researcher a week or so ago, someone asked the question “What should I do as a medical professional who refused to get the flu shot and lost my job?”. Her recommendation was to go to work at a natural medicine office/clinic, etc OR go back to school to get some sort of degree in that field so you could help people REALLY be healthy. I thought that was great advice.

          I agree that more people need to stand up rather than compromising their integrity just to save their job. It’s so unfortunate! Thanks for stopping by!

          (and yes, the aborted fetus cell thing is absolutely repulsive to me).

          • Christina Ventura-DiPersia
            November 16, 2013

            “Her recommendation was to go to work at a natural medicine office/clinic, etc OR go back to school to get some sort of degree in that field so you could help people REALLY be healthy. I thought that was great advice.”

            Are you kidding me?? What profession would that be? A researcher who spins their data and publishes studies that have been done atrociously (like all studies I have seen cited on Naturalnews.com) in order to gain more droves of followers who think they are actually reading objective evidence?

            I welcome those individuals to come join us in public health. Those who are not funded by big pharma. Those who work for the benefit of the public. Those who embrace actual objective evidence (and understand what that means). I guarantee you this individual will then decide, once getting a public health education, to finally get that “horrid” flu shot.

          • Melissa
            November 17, 2013

            You seem to take issue with preventative/complimentary medicine? Well, a couple positions would be as a Naturopathic Dr or other natural health practitioner. In our experience, those doctors have tended to get to the “root” of the problem instead of just covering up the symptoms with more drugs. Again, this is MY experience and does not have to be true for everyone else.

            And I have done plenty of research on the flu shot. It’s very ineffective and there are little studies to prove it’s actual effectiveness. This review of actual, MEDICAL studies sort of sums it up for me: a review of 50 flu-vaccine related studies:http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001269/vaccines-to-prevent-influenza-in-healthy-adults

            I have found that most commenters who respond in the tone you have are those that have not really personally investigated the topic. Certainly, if you have, I apologize. But, most healthcare professionals out there that I know have not.

            Thanks for stopping by!

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          Randall
          November 18, 2013

          I used to work in a large hospital about 10 to 12 years ago I took the flu shot once while employed there and had a severe allergic reaction. Since then I will not take the flu shot but Even having that on my record left me vulnerable to be singled out for discrimination. I left floor nursing because of it. I think there is something almost sinister in the way Doctors and Clinics push this and other vaccines on people. Many vaccines cause problems in the third and forth generation of lab animals such as infertility and mental retardation.

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    AK
    August 19, 2013

    I understand not vaccinating for the flu shot, cause I don’t as well, but skipping vaccines for other diseases is just plain stupid. Even though those diseases are few and far between currently, many, like polio, are making a come back because people who travel in and out of the US are sometimes carrying the diseases with them from other countries. It also means that your kids wont be able to travel without risk, or will have to get vaccinated before hand. These are diseases that they don’t or can’t build natural immunity, either because of the lack of exposure from childhood or because of the nature of the disease.

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      Melissa
      August 19, 2013

      Why can you understand not vaccinating for the flu shot but you can understand vaccinating for the others?

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        Kim
        August 19, 2013

        Because the others have a much higher chance of killing you or crippling you. Most people will survive most flu seasons with minimal problems. You can’t say the same of Polio. I know. My father had it. He carried with him- along with a heavy metal brace on a leg- for his entire life, and in the end, it killed him anyway. Can the flu kill you? Yes, but usually the young and the elderly or people with compromised immune systems are in trouble. If you are one of those people, you might want to consider the shot. If you aren’t, you might be able to get by with natural remedies. Personally, I’m a teacher. I get the shot simply because I’m around a bunch of sick kids. I don’t like them for all the reasons listed and I still use natural options to fight off nasty bugs anyway, but I fall in the better safe than sorry camp. However, to compare flu vaccine to Polio or Tetanus or Diphtheria is just plain silly. Most of the time, they aren’t in the same ballpark. They aren’t even the same darned game.

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          Melissa
          August 19, 2013

          We each have to make the decision we are most comfortable with. Sounds like you have done that and I am doing the same.

          Have you read the studies showing the (non)-effectiveness of the shot in the 2 populations that are the most “at risk”? Here’s a quote from it: “This year’s flu vaccine was less effective than officials previously thought, particularly for the elderly, said officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

          Officials have said the worst may be over and flu cases are declining. The 2012-13 flu season began in December, much earlier than usual, and was more severe than last year’s.

          That particularly was true for those 65 or older, according to a CDC report Thursday. The vaccine was 9% effective in protecting people in that age group.”

          9%??? That’s hardly effective. My concern is not only that it doesn’t work, but that the cumulative effects of the adjuvants/additives in the flu shot could be causing more harm to the immune system (the aluminum, formaldahyde, antibiotics, Polysorbate-80, etc http://www.vaccine-tlc.org/qv/flu.html) Look up some of those ingredients on an MSDS website. Or see this study in regards to the effect the aluminum has on the brain: http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2013-04-12/vaccines-alum-adjuvant-path-to-brain-found/

          I don’t intend to try to get people to make a different decision than me, but rather I want people to ask those hard questions…question what you are being told and do your own research/investigation. If after that you still feel strongly about getting these vaccines (some or all of them) than at least you can do it being fully educated!

          A really informative look at Tetanus is found here, too – I learned some valuable things from it: http://gianelloni.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/the-truth-about-tetanus/

          Thanks for commenting and visiting and for not using “personal attacks” in your comments. It is rare to have calm commentors who have a different stance on this subject than I do! 🙂

          • Karen Fifelksi
            September 18, 2013

            I started not getting the flu shot, because I am healthy and figured I can fight off the flu naturally if or when I get it. This year I was put to the wall about whether or not I would get it because my place of employment is requiring it, so I did some research and definitely DON’T want it now. There is some seriously bad ingredients and the effectiveness if very poor. I have received all of my other vaccinations, but they have proven to be effective, which I hope makes them worth any risk. It seems prudent for work places to offer, like the Hepatitis Vaccine series. If people decline then sign a waver. Some say then I am spreading the flu, but if you believe that the fle vaccine is helping, then get the shot. I personnally don’t. :0)

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      B Labig
      October 27, 2013

      If you have never experienced a reaction or seen a reaction to and injection, then you need to see this first-hand before you make such a bold statement. I took the polio shot when I was 2 years old and contracted polio. I was EXTREMELY lucky that my body recovered from the disease but it returned when I was 3. The MD’s were at a total loss as to what to do with me. They were clueless! Now, saying that – NONE of my 5 grown children have been vaccinated. All have attended college and some have traveled abroad. Getting children vaccinated is a major risk, especially starting the shots at such a young age. If you do want to vaccinate, I would wait until the child has had a year or 2 to develop their immune system and at least give then a fighting chance to withstand the toxicity.

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        Melissa
        October 27, 2013

        Great points – thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Hope you’ll stick around!

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    Debbie
    August 19, 2013

    My kids and I don’t get a flu shot. I work for a school and that’s not a popular decision in public education land :).

    I’m actually thinking of giving up vaccinations altogether. I have an exemption form for my daughter’s school in my pile of “things to do”. That complicates life since I DID get my kids a chicken pox vaccine when they were little. Now they are 11 and 17 and haven’t had the chicken pox. Hmmm….. anyone have any advice?

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      Melissa
      August 19, 2013

      I’d be curious about the chicken pox one too. My first two have gotten both shots for that (before I really thought it through) and so when my youngest was really little I did have him get that one. Now I’m concerned that he had one and not the booster…but with all i have learned about vaccines I don’t think I could bring myself to have him get that one.

      Does anyone else have thoughts on the chicken pox vaccine (especially if your kids didn’t get one and haven’t yet caught the chicken pox OR if they have only had one of the series of shots?)

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        Kimberly
        August 21, 2013

        My mom was always been careful through my childhood years and didn’t give us kids very many vaccines. I’ve never had the flu shot as well. (And thanks for your thoughts on it- I agree!)
        When I was 5 and again when I was 7, two of my close friends had chicken pox, so my mom let me play with those girls hoping I would get it. But I didn’t.
        So at the Dr.’s office when I was 11 my mom gave me my first varicella vaccine. I didn’t get chicken pox after the vaccine either.
        Then several years later when I was 18, I decided that I wanted to volunteer at the hospital, and my department, Labor and Delivery, required the chicken pox shot. They did a blood sample on me, and I didn’t have any antibodies in my blood so I got the second one then.
        Another reason why I did get the shot was because of the statistics showing how adult cases of chicken pox are much worse than children’s. Now I’m curious if I am actually immune to the disease, or if the 2 shots were worthless. So I guess it’s your call, but I agree it’s a hard decision.

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          Melissa
          August 25, 2013

          I know, such a hard decision. Sounds like you made the best decision for you based on what you knew at the time and the risks involved! That’s the best you can do! Blessings!

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      B Labig
      October 27, 2013

      Most state laws give you the opportunity to opt out of vaccinating your children. I am in Ohio and it has 3 choices – to vaccinate, to state philosophical views or religious views. Check your state law. Don’t let the media sway you into doing what you think is wrong. August is a big push month to get all the school age children vaccinated.

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    sweetjeanette
    November 2, 2012

    I always tell my doctor every year, “when it becomes more dangerous to get the vaccine than the flu, then talk to me about it”.  I remember a few years back, an 18 year old young man coming down with Guillian Barre’ after receiving the flu shot.   I’ve worked in the medical field for 27 years and I’m not the only one in my profession that feel this way.  My doctor just rolls his eyes, but accepts my wishes.

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      RealFoodEater
      November 3, 2012

      @sweetjeanette  🙂 I love your response to your doctor. Glad he accepts your wishes, because in essence YOU are the customer. It’s your body and you get to decide what gets put in it (or not). Guillian Barre’ is definitely a risk to the flu shot. I work in the medical field, too, and while I currently have a job that doesn’t require patient contact, many of the nurses I work with also choose not to get the flu shot.

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        Kelly Rooney
        August 19, 2013

        I have would never get the flu vaccine ever again since doing research. I was determined not to vaccinate my 6 week old son, but my doctor fear mongered us into taking that risk over the disease risk. I have been worried sick about the consequences ever since. I fret about the next date there is a vaccination for him.

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          Melissa
          August 20, 2013

          @Kelly – going to the Dr shouldn’t make you fearful. I’d highly suggest finding a different Dr that you can trust and who respects your decisions. They are working for YOU and you have the right to change Doctors. If you can’t change doctors (for whatever reason) please go in there confident with your decision next time. You don’t have to justify your decision to your Dr, just say “My husband and I have decided not to vaccinate at this time”. If he/she presses you, just repeat that statement. Let me know how it turns out.

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    willingcook
    October 31, 2012

    Thank you so much for putting in words what I’ve not been able to fully explain to people my opposition to the flu vaccine.  My mother suffered a 3 month debilitating illness immediately after the shot.  Doctors actually admitted it was shot-induced after they couldn’t figure anything else out.  I really thought it was something that she was going to have live with for the rest of her life.  Thankfully, she did not!  I am featuring it at this week’s Allergy-Free Wednesdays.  You can find it here: http://willingcook.com/allergy-free-wednesdays-october-31-2012/
    I hope you’ll link up with us again this week.  Thanks!

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      RealFoodEater
      November 3, 2012

      @willingcook Thanks. I mostly wrote this because I had people asking me if I get the flu shot and I always would answer with a “no”. When they’d ask why, I’d give a general response. I felt challenged to put into words (with info to back it up) as to why I made the decision the way I did. Glad it was helpful – and sorry about your mom. I think things like that happen more than we know. Thanks for featuring my post!

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    thetastyalternative
    October 30, 2012

    Whoops- I mean thanks Melissa!  🙂

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    thetastyalternative
    October 30, 2012

    As always, I so appreciate your informative posts!  I have never had a flu shot, my husband has never had a flu shot, and my kids will never get the flu shot.  Period!  I think it’s a ridiculous vaccination.  Just like the Chicken Pox.  I would rather get the antibodies naturally.  But now with everyone vaccinated, it’s difficult to find anyone to have a Chicken Pox party with.  I fear my children will experience a much worse strain of this virus because they missed their chance at going through the virus naturally and thus possessing those antibodies.  So damn frustrating.  Thanks Jill.  I will be featuring this tonight.  
     
    Hugs,
    –Amber

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      RealFoodEater
      October 30, 2012

      @thetastyalternative Thanks for stopping by. I agree that it’s ridiculous (now that I know the facts). It IS frustrating. I hope people continue to do their research from good sources as they work to make their decision. And do research on both sides – but mainly look for studies that are NOT paid for or sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or those that will somehow benefit. Thanks again!

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      Lynn
      August 19, 2013

      Adverse reactions to vaccines run in my family, and my daughter had a scary one with her first shot, so she’s DONE. And it’s almost impossible to find wild chicken pox to give her natural immunity! She has fought off two exposures with no symptoms. So when she gets old enough that chicken pox is really dangerous to her, she’s going to have to think hard about whether to risk the shot or risk the illness 🙁

      And i put dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs into my water kefir! It’s a very tasty way to get them in to us practically everyday.

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        Melissa
        August 21, 2013

        Hmmm, I wonder since she’s been exposed twice if she might actually be immune already? Hard to know I guess! Thanks for sharing your story here. These are definitely touch decisions that each family has to make.

        And a great idea for the elderberries! Blessings!

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    kristygardner
    October 28, 2012

    i don’t get the vaccine either. it’s been my experience that everyone i know who gets the shot, gets the flu! I get colds, etc but rarely the flu so why would i want to change that? haha
     
    also, i view the vaccine like i view lotion and lipgloss (though i do use those). if you regularly use lotion and lipgloss your body stops producing its own oils, moisturizers, etc… because it doesn’t have to. i feel the same way about the flu and our immune systems. if you take away its ability to fend off the common flu, you become dependent on artificial medical interventions. what happens when those aren’t available anymore?
     
    thank you for sharing with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! i look forward to seeing you again this week with more seasonal & fresh/real food blog posts 🙂 xo, kristy

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      RealFoodEater
      October 28, 2012

      @kristygardner Ooh, I like your insight about over-using artificial medical interventions. That makes complete sense to me. Thanks for stopping by!

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    MariaKunze
    October 25, 2012

    Which vaccines did you decide to give your youngest? We’re waiting on vaccines til my daughter is 2 – which is coming up. Reading about ALL the vaccines they want to shoot her up with is overwhelming. Curios which ones you chose. Thanks, Maria

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      RealFoodEater
      October 25, 2012

      @MariaKunze  He will be 3 in January. We waited until he was 6 months old to give any and then we did just one at a time, although we did the DTaP all together. We lived in WA state at the time and there were big whooping cough outbreaks. If I were to do it again, I’d only do Tetanus and wait until he was 2 or 3. We also did the Hib and Polio, but again, if I were to do it over again I think I’d skip those as well. My friend’s son almost died from epiglottis which was caused by the Hib virus….BUT he had HAD the vaccine. So it’s good proof that vaccines aren’t foolproof. We ultimately decided on the chicken pox vaccine but only b/c my older 2 had already had the vaccine. IF i were to do it all again from what I know NOW, I would probably ONLY do the Tetanus. That’s all. We didn’t do the Hep B or Hep A and no MMR. I don’t think I will ever have him get the MMR, either. It’s so difficult, but you have to make the decision that is best for your family with the info you have at the time. At this time, with the info I have, I WISH I could go back and un-do the vaccines. But, I can only go forward from here and make decisions from now on based on what I know.

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        deseretcounseling
        December 4, 2012

        @RealFoodEater  @MariaKunze I used to immunize my children because I thought it was the LAW.  Then i became a school nurse assistant and was advised not to tell the parents that they had a choice but if they insisted on not immunizing then to have them sign a form.  I decided to do research and discovered why my children frequently became ill after their shots.  I will NEVER immunize again.I have been in the medical field since 1985 and have given immunizations of all kinds and have seen many side effects.  I encourage all to research the side effects of any and all immunizations out there. You can go to Whole Foods and purchase information on the subject as well.  Why would we willingly introduce poison into our children’s bodies that can create harm and even death.  The studies are out there.  Discover for yourself the dangers in them.  
        Cheryl Brown

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        mindyw
        February 26, 2013

        @RealFoodEater I’m curios…Why tetanus? Do you feel it’s safer than others? More effective? Or are you more concerned about the tetanus virus?

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          RealFoodEater
          February 27, 2013

          @mindyw  Mindy – Well, tetanus is the only one caused by an actual bacteria (it’s not a virus). If you get tetanus, it affects your brain and nervous system. The bacteria is called Clostridium tetani and it’s spores can be found in the soil and really anywhere, especially manure, etc. If it gets in an open wound it can infect you. Because it’s the only one caused by a bacteria, currently this is the only vaccine I will get. I may change my mind down the road, but with the current info I have, this is what I have decided.

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          Melissa
          August 20, 2013

          And now, half a year later, I am not sure I’d even give the tetanus vaccine either……would you?

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    JenniMullinix
    October 25, 2012

    We don’t get the flu shot either. 🙂

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    loves2spin
    October 25, 2012

    I share your concerns.  It is not a one-size-fits-all situation.  Several years ago I caught influenza.  It led to me having a very bad nervous breakdown.  Now, I always have a flu shot to increase my chances of not getting it.  So far, so good.  As with so many decisions in life, there are often not ideal ones.  This one was thrust upon me.  I exercise, eat an extremely healthy diet, etc.  But the virus “won” that year.

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    WendyIronsBlanton
    October 23, 2012

    I had to get a yearly flu shot when I was in the Air Force. I learned quickly to get them on Friday afternoon because I was going to feel like crap for a couple of days. I quit getting them when I got out in 1994 and have had the flu once since then. My kids never got flu shots, either, until this year when my daughter had to have one for school. (She’s studying radiography.) Luckily she didn’t have any side effects. I’m with you. Why vaccinate when we should concentrate on staying healthy?

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      RealFoodEater
      October 25, 2012

      @WendyIronsBlanton Agreed! And kelly the kitchen kop wrote a great article about the flu shot too – check it out here: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2012/10/mandatory-flu-vaccines-for-healthcare-workers-why-one-man-is-choosing-the-mask.html    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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