Should you get the flu shot if you’re pregnant?
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(Kidding. Let’s try this again.)
Should you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant?
Well … that depends. Should penguins migrate to the desert? Should the Earth stop rotating? Should astronauts step out of a spaceship without their spacesuits? Should we take up snorkeling in the bathtub? Should we walk blind-folded across a busy intersection backwards? Should we expose anyone or anything (including an unborn baby) to neurotoxins and hazardous wastes? I mean … what’s a little formaldehyde, canine kidney, DNA, polysorbate-80, and mercury, right?
No. The answer is still … NO.
Let me tell you why (in my humble, uneducated, lowly opinion) no human being hosting another human being should ever get a flu shot: because it’s NOT safe and it doesn’t work. You have a higher chance of preventing the flu if you go outside to your backyard and eat a bowl of dirt.
The CDC knows it. The pharmaceutical companies know it. Doctors who are “woke” know it. (The people at Medscape know it.) You know it. I know it. Even the media knows it. During the 2014-2015, the flu shot was 19% effective. Let that sink in for a minute … NINETEEN percent.
That’s why many children are supposed to get two doses of a subpar flu shot, because logic tells us that if something doesn’t work, the solution is to take more of it.
Let me tell you why the flu shot is big news right now. Last week the story broke that flu shots cause miscarriages (something most of us have known for a very long time). Nothing major … just a “hint” of a link (if you consider a 7-fold increase to be a “hint”). The headlines touting such “nonsense” changed faster than an olympian at a track meet.
(Those journalists are probably out of jobs now for actually preaching truth, but I digress.)
The study found a significantly higher risk of miscarriage in women who received a flu vaccine 2 years in a row with a specific strain of virus found in the flu shot. What’s impressive, is that it was authored by several people, including Edward Belongia, a widely respected researcher who sits on the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The study itself was published in Vaccine – a prestigious specialty journal. It pretty much doesn’t get better than this, right?
You would think that people would wake up and take this seriously. Wrong. It was minimized, marginalized, and deduced to nothing short of a suggestion. WHY? Because it doesn’t matter what the science shows. The science could hit you in the face and if you’re staunchly pro-vaccine, you’re going to call the color blue … yellow. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck … it’s definitely a fish. This is the type of non-logic we’re dealing with.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) wasn’t much better. Here is their statement:
“A recent publication has reported a safety signal concerning influenza vaccination when given very early in the first trimester. In this study, influenza vaccination, when given in very early pregnancy, was associated with an increased risk of a pregnancy loss within the first 28 days following vaccination. Scientifically, it is unclear why this would occur.
Pardon me … a “safety signal?” It is “scientifically unclear” why this would occur? Are you kidding me? These people went to medical school and they don’t understand how injecting a foreign substance designed to initiate an immune response in a pregnant woman along with harmful additives and adjuvants could cause a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage?
So we have a legit study, conducted by legit people, published in a legit journal and the response is to get the media to downplay their headlines, alter the CDC’s website to make it look more flu-shot friendly, and get ACOG to publish a very confusing statement that flies in the face of evidenced-based medicine. Here as my favorite part:
There was no association seen with a pregnancy loss more than 28 days after vaccination. […] There is insufficient information to support changing the current recommendation which is to offer and encourage routine flu vaccinations during pregnancy regardless of the trimester of pregnancy.”
Oh, this should put all newly pregnant women at ease. No wonder people question vaccines. The flu shot should be removed from the schedule for pregnant women entirely until it is 100% conclusively proven to be safe and they definitely shouldn’t be recommending flu shots with mercury (and YES … the CDC recommends any licensed vaccine, including the one containing thimerosal to pregnant women).
I guess if you’re pregnant you have two choices: Get a flu shot that hasn’t been proven safe or effective and could cause a miscarriage, or get on a legit pregnancy regimen that includes eating a diet rich in vegetables, protein, and good fats, some methylfolate, vitamin C, and probiotics – things that have been conclusively proven to boost your immune system and won’t put you or your baby at risk.
Should you get a flu shot? There’s no question about it.