Vaccines are -without a doubt- a hallmark of some of the greatest public health successess in the history of medicine. Smallpox is a great example.
Measles- which can make one ill with a full recovery- or dead in a few days- is nearly non-existant now. Tetanus- diptheria- these are advances that
have truly helped people immensely.
There is a problem, now, however, with how vaccines are made and preserved, and how they are augmented.
Adjuvants ares added to all vaccines (used to be aluminum derivitives)- they are now oil-based products that are added to boost the immune response to
a small amount of antigenic material to which you body creates antibodies. The problem with adjuvants now is that they mimic a lot of natural oils
and fatty acids in the body- so a vaccine can cause hyper-immunity- and consequently, autoimmune diseases, as the very antibodies to flu, for example,
also react to the adjuvant, and they attack cell membranes, nerve myelin, etc.
I used to take the flu vaccine- but I no longer do so. Nor will I take any vaccine-ever- unless I will absolutely die if I refuse it- even then,
I'll look for alternatives.
Add all of the presevatives in the vaccines, such as mercury, MSG, proteins from the eggs in which they are created, etc., and many people can have a
very negative reaction.
The H1N1 vaccine made by GSK will contain an adjuvant called AS03- Google it. You don't want it injected into your body.
If, however, the risk of flu infection is so great for you that the risk/benefit ratio is in favor of being vaccinated- do what is best for your own
body. My mom has severe asthma- flu could kill her. She takes the vaccine annually, and the risks from the vaccine are less than the risks of flu.
It depends on your specific medical needs. If it's not critical to you- think twice before taking it- or at least until you research it
Wish you all the best health
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[edit on 24-5-2009 by CultureD]