reply to post by UxoriousMagnus
I a sorry to hear of your family members loss. How awful.
I find it strange that the flu vaccine was given in the first trimester. I understood through friends who have been pregnant that they where only
allowed the flu vac in their second and third trimester. May be helpful to do further research into the type of vaccine used with your relatives. It
is interesting that the recommendations via Center for Disease Control state:
The influenza vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in pregnant women in all trimesters, no unusual patterns in pregnancy or fetal outcomes
have been observed in vaccine adverse events reports
Yet pharmaceutical recommendations state:
There is evidence from a number of studies that pregnant women, particularly during the second and third trimester, are at increased risk of
influenza associated complications. It is therefore recommended that all women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the
influenza season be vaccinated in advance, so they are protected during that season.
(Both quotes on PDF file and can not get it to upload)
I have no concerns with normal childhood vaccines. Back in early 2000 I had no concerns with the flu vaccine, thought it was a great way to prevent
the flu. I was well, hadn't been sick in years. Approx 6 weeks post flu vaccination I got extremely ill with the flu and was off from work for
weeks. I didn't think much of it. The following year I had another flu vaccination, 6 weeks later I was ill with the flu, again off work for weeks.
I was more hesitant the following year, as I could see a pattern emerging. I opted to try one more time, again I got the flu 6 weeks later and was
off from work for weeks. In all 3 illnesses were severe and took its toll on my body for a good 6 months.
I declined any further flu vaccinations since. I have been well for the past 11 or so years. In those 11 years I have not had the flu.
Last year, 60% of my work colleagues received the flu vaccine. Some were pressured into having the flu vaccination, as employers stated that they
will not pay sick leave if any non-flu vaccinated staff who got sick. I ignored this threat. Four to six weeks later those who had been vaccinated
were all off with the flu for over two weeks. The only remaining skeleton staff where those who did not get the flu vaccine, including myself. Some
staff tried to come back to early and where sent straight home. None of the remaining non-flu vaccinated staff got sick.
On their return back to work, almost every staff member stated to me that they will not get the flu vaccination again. I believe that the flu vaccine
could place enough stress on our immunity, to the point that their immunity has been weakened.
Again I am not anti vaccination, in most cases it has it's place.
My question is why did all 60 % of recently vaccinated staff all develop influenza? Why was there no investigation into, the vaccine, identification
of the strain of influenza that the staff members got. Further more why are the medical researchers not looking into this problem.
After all Doctors motto is: "Do no harm"
edit on 10-2-2014 by lonewolf2 because: (no reason given)