Is the Flu Shot Safe for Kids?

This article comes from Australia, who have banned Fluvax due to adverse reactions and questions of safety.

“Unprecedented decision to ban nationally all the seasonal flu vaccines for the under-5s.”

“Fluvax, the predominant vaccine, was triggering febrile fits in one in every 100 children – 10 times the expected rate. The side-effects, in some cases, were severe, and no-one could explain what had caused them.”

“By the time Fluvax was suspended, health departments across the country had notified the TGA of 410 adverse reactions among children younger than five.”

“To stop two or three children going to intensive care we had to immunise 600,000 people,” he says. “We need to be very careful before we recommend universal vaccination against influenza every year until we have better data. Otherwise we’re talking about faith-based medicine, instead of evidence-based medicine.”

“What is telling, however, is how lackadaisical health professionals – those in the front-line of any pandemic – have been about vaccinating themselves. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has discovered that barely one in four health and community workers bothered to get the free pandemic flu shot in 2009 – compared to 19 per cent of the adult population generally. Last year, just 6 per cent of children and 18 per cent of adults had been vaccinated against the flu. Asked why they shunned the flu shot, one in every six people cited “problems”, saying they thought the vaccine was “rushed and unsafe”.”

“The 2009 version of Fluvax was not tested in children, Greenberg explains, because “it is not routine to do clinical trials in children, it’s not required”.”

SOURCE:  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/virus-in-the-system/story-e6frg8h6-1226063484330?goback=.gde_1121057_member_202882392

Can antioxidants prevent the flu?

Barrhaven Chiropractic Ottawa Chiropractor Dr Mike Carreira Dr Nancy Salgueiro Headache back pain neck stiffness migraines sciatica relief flu antioxidantsIf you are wondering why some people get the flu, while others don’t, you are not alone.  Researchers at the University of Michigan did a study to find out just why one person is hacking and sneezing, while the other seems to never have an issue at all.

The researchers actually studied gene expression in the study participants and found that people that show no symptoms at all, are actually having a behind the scenes response to the virus and just don’t show the physical symptoms near and dear to our hearts of coughing, sneezing, and fatigue.

The most interesting find in the study was that the individuals who didn’t get sick had “differences in their biological metabolism and gene expression. These differences had to do with antioxidants.”

Although the study did not prove that antioxidants are a key factor, it does suggest the possibility and future research may help us learn more.  For now eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to start.  If you want in an in depth discussion about antioxidants check out Dr Mercola’s website.

Read more here.