H1N1 Flu Vaccine: Because You Deserve Answers
As swine flu pandemic headlines swirl, parents around the country are asking the question: Is the H1N1 vaccine safe for my family?
In a Sept. 28 survey, Consumer Reports found just 35 percent of parents plan to have their children vaccinated. According to WebMD, the Consumer Reports National Research Center: “Flu and Seasonal Flu/Swine Flu Vaccination Poll Report,” which was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, found the following:
•Only 35% of parents plan to have their child vaccinated against swine flu.
•Nearly two-thirds of parents who don’t plan to have their child vaccinated say they worry the swine flu vaccine is too new to be safe.
•Overall, 28% of respondents are “not very” or “not at all” confident the swine flu vaccine is safe. An additional 10% say they don’t know whether the vaccine is safe.
•Although the CDC says vaccination is the most important weapon in the fight against flu, only 41% of parents think flu vaccination is “very important” in keeping kids healthy during flu season.
•Most parents are at least “somewhat worried” that their kids will get swine flu. But 43% of parents are “not at all worried or “not too worried.”
•39% of those who don’t get flu shots worry about the vaccine’s side effects — or think the vaccine will give them the flu, even though this is a medical impossibility.
•More than half of people who don’t get flu shots think they’ll never get the flu.
A week after the extensive independent Consumer Reports study finding just 35 percent of parents plan to have their children vaccinated, a Harvard School of Public Health survey found 51 percent of parents plan to have their children immunized. Forty percent of adults in the same survey were “absolutely certain” they would be vaccinated. Late last week, a third poll, this one by The Associated Press and GfK, found more than a third of parents did not want their children vaccinated for H1N1.
Given the uncertainty around the introduction of this new vaccine, the growing concern over vaccines roles in bowel disorders associated with autism, allergies, ADHD and asthma, while seeking the opinion of your doctor, you may want to ask the following questions:
•ask about the egg base of the vaccine and its risk level for children with egg allergy
•ask about other autoimmune disorders that may be triggered by the administration of the vaccine
•ask to see a copy of the manufacturers’ pamphlet that accompanies the vaccines and what compensation your doctor might receive from the vaccine manufacturers for administering the vaccine
•read the fine print listed in the pamphlet, focusing on the required disclosure of the risks associated with the vaccine
•ask what compensation he or she receives from the pharmaceutical industry for adminstering the vaccine and if there is any recourse against his or her practice should he or she speak out with concerns over the vaccine
•watch Dr. Oz on CNN
Should you choose to vaccinate your family with the H1N1 vaccine, the following precautionary steps are suggested to reduce autoimmune reactions to vaccines and treat vaccine exposure, by Dr. Russell Blaylock whose work is detailed in The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2009):
1.Place a cold compress on the site of the injection immediately after the injection and continue this for at least two days. If symptoms of fever, irritability, fatigue or flu-like symptoms reoccur—continue the cold compresses until they abate. A cold shower or bath will also help.
2.Take fish oils as they have the correct balance of EPA and DHA to reduce the cytokine storm. The dose is one tablespoon a day—if severe symptoms develop—two tablespoons a day until well and then switch to one tablespoon a day. Children—one teaspoon a day.
3.Curcumin, quercetin, ferulic acid and ellagic acid as a mixture—the first two must be mixed with extravirgin olive in one teaspoon. Take the mix three times a day (500 mg of each)
4.Vitamin E (natural form) 400 IU a day (high in gamma-E)
5.Vitamin C 1000 mg four times a day
6.Astaxanthin 4 mg a day
7.Zinc 20 mg a day for one week then 5 mg a day
8.Avoid all immune stimulating supplements (mushroom extracts, whey protein) except beta-glucan—it has been shown to reduce inflammation, microglial activation and has a reduced risk of aggravating autoimmunity, while increasing antiviral cellular immunity.
9.Take a multivitamin/mineral daily (one without iron—Extend Core)
10.Magnesium citrate/malate 500 mg of elemental magnesium two capsules three times a day
•All Children—5000 IU a day for two weeks after vaccine then 2000 IU a day thereafter
•Adults—20,000 IU a day after vaccine for two weeks then 10,000 IU a day thereafter
•Take 500 mg to 1000 mg of calcium citrate a day for adults and 250 mg a day for children under age 12 years.
12.Avoid all mercury-containing seafood
13.Avoid omega-6 oils (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, canola and peanut oils)
14.Blenderize parsley and celery and drink 8 ounces twice a day
15.Take Jatoba tea extract (add 20 drops in on cup of tea) one day before the vaccine and the twice a day thereafter.
And keep in mind the wisdom of CNN’s health reporter, Elizabeth Cohen, who highlights how we can do so much to protect the health of our families as empowered patients!
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