What Everyone Should Know About Kids and The Flu Shot
Are you worried about your child’s exposure to the different strains of influenza? Before you rush to the doctor’s office for a flu shot, get all the facts about vaccinations. You may prefer to arm your kids’ defenses with immunity-boosting probiotics instead.
New test results conducted by the government and a pharmaceutical company both show that children under the age of 10 will likely needtwo H1N1 vaccine shots in order for the dose to be effective.
The same goes for the regular flu shot.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that younger children need a double dose in order for full immunity to develop, since this is their first exposure.
For this age group, the protection from one flu shot is “modest but not sufficient to allow for one dose to do the trick,” he said.1
Is A Double Dose of the Flu Vaccine Safe For Your Children?
Is any dose really safe?
According to a recent Associated Press article, pregnant women and young children are among the groups most urged to seek the H1N1 vaccine as soon as it is available.
The choice to vaccinate should be yours and yours alone. But before you make any decisions, it’s important to have the facts.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-respected natural health advocate, shares important facts for you to consider:
- The effectiveness of any flu vaccine is debatable. The flu often mutates and develops several strains, which are resistant to the original flu shot. Just because you get the flu shot at the beginning of the season doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu.
- According to the CDC, the majority of flu vaccines contain thimerosal, which contains as much as 25 mcg of mercury per dose. That’s up to 250 times the EPA’s safety limit for mercury!2
- When you get a vaccine, you expose yourself to the risk of bad, unforeseen reactions, including life-threatening allergies, brain inflammation, neurological disorders, and blood disorders.
Flu Shot or Not, Immunity is Key
You’ve likely heard both sides of the debate about flu shots and H1N1 vaccines. When it comes right down to it, it’s important to educate yourself on the pros and cons, then decide for yourself which path to follow.
In the meantime, whether you and your family get the flu shots or not, there is one critical focus for protecting your health: boosting your immunity.
So how do you boost your immunity? And why is it important?
When you a vaccine, weakened or dead pathogenic cells are injected into your system so that you can develop antibodies to the illness in question. If your immunity is low, you run the risk of dangerous side effects, including neurological effects.
So how do you boost your immunity? Changing your diet and lifestyle are two ways you can support your immune system health. Getting plenty of sleep and a healthy, Body Ecology diet are great options.
Studies also show that probiotics are an excellent way to boost immunity:
- A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that a daily supplement of probiotics may reduce the incidence of cold and flu-like symptoms in children by a whopping 50 percent.3
- What’s even better than probiotic supplements? Fermented foods and drinks ! Learn how to make your own raw, cultured vegetables and milk kefir that will ward off illness and boost energy.
- Vitamin D supplements may be one of the most beneficial vitamins for disease prevention, especially considering most of us are so sunshine-deficient! Several studies suggest a correlation between influenza and vitamin D deficiency. But which vitamin D supplement is best?
With all the confusion about the flu shot and H1N1 vaccine, do you know what’s right for YOU? Is it safe for your kids? And how do you make sure your immunity is strong enough for potential side effects? Learn everything you need to know about boosting your immunity whether you choose to get the flu or not with Donna Gates and Dr. Leonard Smith, M.D. in the teleseminar: Powerful Natural Secrets to Boost Your Immunity and Avoid the Flu. Learn more and register today!
But how do you wade through all of the confusion about flu shots, the H1N1 vaccine and the steps you should take to boost your immunity this flu season…especially if you want to protect the health of your kids?
Donna Gates and Dr. Leonard Smith, M.D. have teamed up to bring you the answers both from a medical health and natural health perspective. In this eye-opening, enlightening teleseminar, you will learn:
- The pros and cons of getting a flu shot or swine flu vaccine.
- Tips on how to decide for yourself which path is best for you and your family.
- How to boost your immunity, whether you get the vaccines or not.
- Key indicators of whether your immunity is strong enough to make vaccines safe.
- How to be sure your vitamin levels are up to par, what to do if they are not and which supplements are most effective.
- A protocol to help your whole family stay healthy this flu season and every season to come.
[i] Associated Press, October 14, 2009. 2 Swine flu vaccine doses for kids under 10 likely:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091014/ap_on_he_me/us_med_swine_flu_vaccine
[ii] Mercola.com, Flu Vaccine Exposed: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/09/26/Flu-Vaccine-Exposed.aspx
[iii] Pediatrics. 2009, Volume 124: e172-e179. “Probiotic Effects on Cold and Influenza-Like Symptom Incidence and Duration in Children” Authors: G.J. Leyer, S .Li, M.E. Mubasher, C. Reifer, A.C. Ouwehand: http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/On-your-radar/Probiotics/Probiotics-may-reduce-cold-and-flu-symptoms-for-children