Flu Vaccination Ingredients

I am one of those people who has to know exactly what is in a pill, vaccination or food before I will put it into my body. Perhaps that sounds rather uptight, but you never know when you might need to be aware of ingredients. When I decided to get a flu vaccination last year, I carefully researched the ingredients, and was surprised by what I discovered.

The flu vaccination’s main ingredients are dead influenza viruses, which is to be expected from a virus vaccination. Currently, there are hundreds of different types of flu, but there are only three types of dead influenza in a flue vaccination. This means that if you come into contact with one of the other types of flu, then you are still susceptible.

The dead influenza viruses are most commonly grown and cultivated in chicken eggs. This means that people who are allergic to chicken or chicken eggs can develop severe side effects from flu vaccinations.

Also incorporated into the flu vaccination are preservatives. In the last few years, flu vaccinations have been administered without these preservatives, which can make a difference in the longevity of the vaccination. The preservative thimerosal, however, is a mercury-based neurotoxin that may be the source of many flu vaccination side effects. Researchers have even linked it to the prevelance of autism in children whose childhood vaccination include thimerosal. A direct causation has not been established, but of course, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Doctors have also theorized that the usage of thimerosal and aluminum in flu vaccination may lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease later in life. It is thought that the mercury in the flu vaccination can build up in the brain, causing irreparable brain damage and other neurological problems. The human immune system has difficulty expelling mercury from the blood stream, which might have something to do with these adverse side effects.

Many states have banned the use of mercury-based preservatives in flu vaccinations for children under twelve years of age and in women who are pregnant or might become pregnant. The FDA, however, has yet to recognize thimerosal has a viable threat, and efforts to remove it from the market have been stifled.

People who are concerned about the ingredients in or the side effects of flu vaccinations can pursue an alternative: the nasal spray vaccine. This method of innoculation against influenza has weaker strains of influenza viruses and lacks preservatives of any kind. Side effects include sore throats, runny noses, and dry coughs. The nasal spray is approved for individuals in good health between the ages of five and forty-nine.

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