Mainstreamers want you to get in line
The mainstream press is worried about you.
And they’re really worried about the country’s pregnant women and health care workers.
Why? Well, it seems we’re just not as eager to roll up our sleeves for the flu vaccine as they expected. And they’re oh-so-worried that we’re all going to get sick.
For example, fewer than half of pregnant women got the shot in 2011, and a full third of health care workers said “thanks, but no thanks.” Among the 18- to 49-year-old crowd, only 29 percent were vaccinated.
Last year, the mainstream convinced 128 million people (42 percent of the population) to be vaccinated. They say when it comes to fighting the flu, we really need to get it every year because new mutations in the virus mean a new flu each year, and therefore an updated vaccine–Talk about a marketer’s dream!
But here’s the thing about that “updated” vaccine. Manufacturers have to develop each year’s vaccine and roll it out BEFORE the year’s flu season. Essentially they’re really just guessing how the flu virus will change from year to year. Meaning they could be creating completely useless vaccines.
In fact, health officials flat out admit that this year’s vaccines aren’t specifically formulated to protect against some new strains but “they may offer some help.” Well, thanks for that.
They’re really not sure why people aren’t lining up around the block for flu shots. Some experts think it could be because milder flu seasons (and the fact that the H1N1 scare turned out to be much ado about nothing) are lulling people into a sense of security.
Hey, here’s an idea experts: Maybe people are getting wise to the truth about flu vaccination.
Perhaps people are finally realizing that the constant mutation means playing Russian roulette with a shot of potentially dangerous drugs.
Or they’re wising up to the fact that flu vaccines get little testing before they’re hastily rolled out each year.
It could be they’ve learned that there’s little proof the vaccine offers benefits for our most vulnerable populations.
There’s a chance they’re inspired by nurses who have just said, “No.”
Or maybe they know that fighting the flu doesn’t mean getting your yearly shot. They might understand that fighting the flu starts with building a strong immune system–something that can be done naturally and safely.
Here are a couple of Dr. Wright’s tried and true immune system boosters:
Vitamin D: Get plenty of sun and take 5,000 IU daily (2,000 to 3,000 IU for kids).
Vitamin C: Adults should take a minimum of 3 grams per day (kids should take less). Animals that make their own vitamin C ramp up production when they get sick–up to 10 times more than their bodies make when they’re well. Dr. Wright recommends taking the “bowel tolerance” level of C when you’re sick–take as much as your body will tolerate without diarrhea.
Need more? Search “immune system” or “flu” in the free archive of e-Tips back issues at www.wrightnewsletter.com. You’ll uncover a bunch of ways to build your flu-fighting arsenal.
“Nobody Wants To Get Sick But Plenty Of People Are Still Avoiding Flu Shots,” The Consumerist (consumerist.com)
“Flu shots still a hard sell, health experts find,” Vitals on NBC News (vitals.nbcnews.com)