Today, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is recommending that all Americans older than six months get a flu vaccine every year. According to CDC babies from 6 to 8 months should get 2 doses of this influenza vaccine. The doses should be just one month apart.
Dr. Tim Price, the former US Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary, advised everyone who is older than 6 months to hurry up and receive the flu vaccine immediately. What he didn’t say was the likelihood of vaccine injury.
Until now, there have been more than 141,206 reported adverse reactions to the vaccine, hospitalizations, injuries, and even deaths after influence vaccinations. Among reported adverse reactions that have been made to federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), 1.347 of the reports were related deaths, 2.659 related disabilities and 11.620 related hospitalizations.
Reported moderate reactions to this influenza vaccine were fever, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, headache, fatigue, local reactions (redness, pain, swelling at the injection area), and nausea.
Among reported serious complications were listed brain inflammation, neuropathy, limb paralysis, shock, convulsions, Bell’s palsy, asthma/wheezing and further respiratory complications.
BBS (Guillain-Barré syndrome) has been informally linked to influenza shots. It is a neurological disease where the immune system of the individual attacks a part of his nervous system which causing permanent or temporary paralysis that can result in death.
What about taking a vaccine during pregnancy? Since 1970, health officials have advised flu shots to pregnant women, but in 2006 flu vaccines during pregnancy turn out to be the norm. So, what has happened in the year 2006 to change all this? The CDC strengthened their advice to all pregnant women, regardless of their health condition, need to receive the flu vaccine in any trimester, never mentioning any concern or safety study.
Until this year, FDA listed Tdap and influenza vaccines as either Pregnancy Category B or C biologicals/ This means that acceptable testing in humans haven’t been done to validate safety for women who are pregnant, so there wasn’t any knowledge whether the vaccines can affect reproduction capacity or cause fetal harm.
This year the Pregnancy Category completely dropped from the literature. In ALL inserts of flu vaccines is stated, “There are no data for (SPECIFIC FLU VACCINE NAME) administered to pregnant women, and available data for SPECIFIC FLU VACCINE NAME (SPECIFIC TYPE formulation) administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy.”
As for flu vaccine effectiveness, the CDC said that according to recent studies flu vaccination decreased the risk, among overall population, of getting the flu by 40% – 60% during seasons when a great number of present flu viruses are well-matched to the flu shot. This means that even if the strains are matched correctly, the flu shot effectiveness is similar to getting ahead in a coin throw.