A Potentially Severe Flu Season

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Early data from the CDC suggests that the 2014-15 flu season could be severe. To add “fuel to the fire”, just last week the CDC released that the flu shot this year is only 47% effective against this year’s more virulent strand of Influenza A H3N2. Even with these facts, the CDC is still suggesting that all American get the flu shot. Their reasoning is that it will protect the public from the few less harmful strands of Influenza. This season’s predominant strand, Influenza A H3N2, is a more severe type of flu, causing more hospitalizations and deaths in 2012-13 and 2007-8.

My thoughts after reading these facts and also my professional opinion, is that immunizations can only provide false immunity. In other words, if theses flu shots were effective, why do you need to get one each year? When you build a natural immunity, your body has a defense for life, in most cases. If the flu shot did this, then the last induction of the Influenza A H3N2 in 2012-3 would have given us all immunity for this year’s flu season. Instead, the CDC reported just last week, a 17% increase in flu infections!

The best way to build a strong immune system is consistency of a proper health care regime over time. In other words; get rest, eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Sounds hard but it is not about perfection, it is about the best you can do and to stay consistent over time.

We do not know what is down the road when it comes to bacteria and viruses. They have been here since the evolution of the planet. We will not win this war. The more we try, the stronger they get and if we think a shot is going to work instead of old fashion common sense and hard work, you are mistaken. The result will sadly yield sickness.

I encourage everyone to be the healthiest they can be and to build a natural immunity.

 

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