Is It Really Safe to Get a Flu Shot This Year?  This Is a MUST READ for Every Mother and Pregnant Woman!

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Is It Really Safe to Get a Flu Shot This Year? This Is a MUST READ for Every Mother and Pregnant Woman!

H1N1 has recently received massive publicity.

Data from a recent survey reveals that the number of pregnant women who received vaccinations during the 2009-2010 flu season was significantly higher than any other previous season. (1)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected data from 5,000 women from 10 states who gave birth between September 2009 and March 2010 and found about 50% of the women received either a seasonal vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine.

Specifically noteworthy: The likelihood for vaccination increased significantly if endorsed by the patient’s doctor.

The authors of the CDC survey concluded that, “Receipt of influenza vaccination can be influenced greatly by health-care providers offering or recommending the influenza vaccination.”

Bottom line? Be sure to research exactly what you are putting in your body, and why.

Many people are under the impression that vaccinations keep us healthy. After all, the eradication of both polio and smallpox are well-known public health victories. Unfortunately, there is also evidence showing that vaccinations may be harmful, specifically to children.

The mercury-based preservative thimerosal, still present in trace amounts in some flu vaccines, has been slowly phased-out of use under the guidance of the FDA and CDC. The controversy arose because it is known as a neurotoxin; many parents and doctors believe it has a causal relationship to autism. The FDA reports that “Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of the inactivated influenza vaccine.”(2) However, on its own H1N1 Influenza Vaccine in Pregnant Women FAQ sheet, the FDA also says that “The inactivated influenza vaccine (“flu shot”)…is the type of vaccine the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommends pregnant women should receive.”(3)

Not only are the contents of a vaccine worth investigating, but the history of vaccine use is also enough to make a mother think twice about her choice to vaccinate her child or herself, especially if she is pregnant.

In 1986, Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which is a fund to compensate parents for injured or deceased children due to vaccination. This was in response to the number of reported injuries and fatalities to the DPT vaccine. DPT (a diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine) forces a child to go through an immune response to these three conditions on the same day. At the time, prominent medical journals had already been documenting brain inflammation, neurological damage, and shock associated with the DPT vaccine for decades, yet doctors were still not informing parents of possible complications that may have warranted a life-saving visit to the ER. Most injuries and fatalities related to routine vaccination were never reported prior to this act, simply because parents did not know what was happening to their child or why. (4)

Another interesting, lesser-known detail about vaccinations involves the polio vaccine of the 1950s and 1960s.The polio vaccine was found to be contaminated with a monkey virus, SV40. Oddly, the virus was discovered in 1960, but children still received the SV40 contaminated vaccine until it was withdrawn in 1963. Decades later, SV40 was isolated in brain and bone tumors, lung cancers, and some types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (5) In addition, Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the first polio vaccine, admitted under oath that since 1961, most cases of polio in the States were caused by the vaccine. (6)


Did you know that your child could receive up to 50 vaccines in her lifetime? Take precaution by researching each vaccine carefully and supplementing your child’s diet with probiotics to protect her intestinal ecosystem and keep her immune system healthy!

Today, a fully vaccinated child receives 37-50 vaccines during the critical first years of life, when the immune system is acquiring information and strength. Vaccines are structured to bypass the natural immune response and therefore deprive the system of developing a life-long immunity to a specific pathogen. Furthermore, a vaccine is limited and is often followed by “booster shots”.

Because the history of vaccination is controversial, and there is medical documentation supporting both sides of the story, it is practical to investigate the literature.

Antibiotics and vaccinations can upset the delicate balance of microflora in both child and mother.

The neurological toxins present in vaccines also affect the gastrointestinal microflora. Since mom passes her bacteria, beneficial and pathogenic, to baby, it is important to note that pregnant mothers can boost their own immune system with a healthy diet and a daily intake of fermented foods and liquids.

Probiotics have been shown to balance the intestinal ecosystem, benefitting both immune and brain function.

There is a complex connection between the brain and digestive system,and the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, especially in infants, is enough to offset developing neurological and immune health.

Before running off to get your flu shot, consider first the health-promoting benefits of good bacteria. Speak with your health care provider about whether beneficial microflora and a diet low in sugars and carbohydrates will offer you the protection that you need from the seasonal flu. Most importantly, do a little research while taking an honest look at how you are eating and if certain healthy lifestyle choices will provide you with the immune support you need! Many times, it really is that simple…


Keep your immune system strong over the holidays


It is essential to research any vaccines you put in your body, especially if you are pregnant or a mother already. Although many people believe vaccines are intended to keep us healthy, there are several shocking controversies surrounding the history of vaccines. A young child could receive up to 50 vaccines in their lifetime, which can upset the delicate balance of good bacteria in the body that keeps the immune system healthy. This same warning is just as essential for pregnant mothers who will pass both good and bad bacteria on to their babies. To keep you and your children protected, make sure to include healthy probiotics in your diet to balance your intestinal ecosystem and ultimately keep your immune system and brain protected from disease!



  1. “Seasonal Influenza and 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women — 10 States, 2009 – 10 Influenza Season.” Dec. 03: 2010. 59 (47); 1541-1545. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5947a1.htm?s_cid=mm5947a1_w
  2. “Thimerosal in Vaccines.” Vaccines, Blood And Biologics: FDA USA Food and Drug Administration. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228
  3. “Use of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Influenza Vaccine In Pregnant Women.” Vaccines, Blood And Biologics: FDA USA Food and Drug Administration. Oct. 27: 2009.
  4. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/ucm188099.htm

  5. Fisher, Barbara Loe. “In the Wake Vaccines.” September / October 2004: Issue 126. http://mothering.com/health/wake-vaccines
  6. Polio vaccine. Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polio_vaccine
  7. “Vaccinations: Parents’ Informed Choice.” Weston A. Price Foundation. Nov. 07: 2005. http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/333-vaccinations-parents-informed-choice.html
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