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Note: Comments disabled because I don't feel like getting into a vaccination discussion. I am not planning to get a seasonal flu shot myself, but I believe that each person can make the decision for him or herself. Feel free to e-mail me privately if you are curious and want to discuss.

Posting these links because I know a number of people who haven't gotten seasonal flu shots yet, but are thinking of getting them. I have not yet tracked down the studies and looked at them, and it's possible as with any scientific study being reported in the mainstream news that the data is not being presented well.


Article from CBC news:
Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk

[Side note: There's a strain of H1N1 in the seasonal flu shot also, so calling the new H1N1 flu just H1N1 kind of makes me a little cranky. But then, the words "swine flu" aren't the greatest either, so...]

"Preliminary research suggests the seasonal flu shot may put people at
greater risk for getting swine flu, CBC News has learned."

"Four Canadian studies involved about 2,000 people, health officials
told CBC News. Researchers found people who had received the seasonal
flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the H1N1
virus."

"We don't know with this year's flu shot how it interacts with the
pandemic flu shot, so it's a worry," said Dr. Michael Gardam, director
of infectious diseases prevention and control at the Ontario Agency
for Health Protection and Promotion.


Also: Timing of H1N1, seasonal flu shots debated

(The article has some interesting bits about the adjuvant at the end - such as that the vaccines without the adjuvant appear to work as well, so why add it? My editorial - especially since there are very few if any
studies about the long-term effects of squalene adjuvants, and really, why inject an immune heightening agent into the body if it's not needed? It's bad enough that there's thimerosol in most flu shots because they come in multi-dose vials.)

From a base nutritional perspective against the flu:
1) Vitamin D: get your vitamin D levels checked / supplement with an oil-based vitamin D supplement (I've
heard 2000 IU / day oil-based D3 is one of the new recommendations for adults in northern climates during the winter - I like Carlson D Drops) - or take a natural form (some have synthetic vitamins added now :/ ) of Cod Liver Oil.

2) Minerals: Selenium (2-5 brazil nuts / day) and zinc - both have had studies showing they improve immune response.

If you do go for cod liver oil, two that are easily found in local stores and are supposed to be good:
• Nordic Naturals Vitamin D Cod Liver Oil (NOT Nordic Naturals
RegularCod Liver Oil)
• Carlson's Cod Liver Oil 1,000 mg capsules

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