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The H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine: helpful or hurtful?


The H1N1 flu vaccine

As we approach October cold and flu season begins to show its ugly head. All the media coverage on the H1N1 pandemic (swine flu) has people scared of contracting the virus and anxiously awaiting a vaccine. Manufacturers expect that the vaccine will be complete and ready to distribute in mass by mid-October. However, research has found that the side effects from the vaccine may be worse than the virus itself.

Research was released recently by a German lung specialist by the name of Wolfgang Wodarg regarding the vaccine’s many risks. The vaccine contains cancerous cells from animals and he is lead to believe that the vaccine may cause cancer. Dr Mercola, a certified MD and author in New York states, “the vaccine contains harmful things such as mercury, and squalene, which has been linked to the development of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states there is also a possibility to get Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), which is a disease in which the body attacks it’s own nerve cells developing weakness and sometimes paralysis. A direct quote from the CDC website says, “People can develop GBS after having the flu or other infections (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). On very rare occasions, they may develop GBS in the days or weeks following receiving a vaccination.”

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that side effects of the H1N1 virus will be closely monitored. They state side effects will likely include "soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, fainting (mainly adolescents), headache, muscle aches, fever, and nausea” and “signs of a serious allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, swelling around the eyes or lips, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.” These are the same side effects with any other flu shot.

The swine flu has been documented at already claiming no less than 2,185 lives worldwide. Getting a H1N1 flu vaccine is said to be essential in eliminating the virus. An article in the British Medical Journal states, “more than half of doctors and nurses in public hospitals would refuse the H1N1 vaccine, due to concerns about side effects and doubts about its efficacy.” Please be sure to make an educated decision before getting the vaccine.