The human body's flu shot reaction has been a key concern for the people having their annual flu shots. This is particularly true when it comes to untested vaccines, like the recent swine flu vaccine.
What scares most people are the side effects that the flu shot brings upon the person, and there seems to be a good deal of evidence that these side effects can be severe and even fatal in some cases.
Flu shots are comprised of several main flu shot ingredients. The most important ingredient is, of course, the various virus bacterias cultivated for this purpose.
Each flu vaccine is only made up of about 3 virus strains. That means there are still dozens of virus strains that you are not being vaccinated against.
Flu shots claim to work by introducing the dead bacteria or virus into your system and allowing your body to create antibodies to fight them off so that if you are exposed to the live virus later, your body will be prepared.
At least that's the theory. It does work that way for some people, but unfortunately not everyone.
It's my opinion that we are much better off simply boosting our immune system on a daily basis to keep the body strong enough to ward off bacteria and viruses without actually subjecting yourself to the risks associated with flu shot vaccines.
The normal and most minor flu shot reaction that you will probably experience if you decide to get the flu shot is soreness around the injection location.
Some people may also experience mild fever, muscle aches or fatigue, and a feeling of unwell. This is not at all uncommon.
One of the serious side effects that people are afraid of is contracting the Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Guillain-Barre Syndrome is an autoimmune disease which causes paralysis upon the patient as it damages the nerves in your body.
I had a dear friend who died with what was diagnosed as Guillain Barre last year. It was a truly horrific disease.
Symptoms of Guillaine-Barre can also be high fever and muscle weakness. The symptoms then escalate to more severe issues leading to the paralysis.
The chances of getting the Guillaine-Barre as a side-effect of the flu shot are said to be very low. I believe there were some cases with an earlier version of the swine flu shot many years ago, but I don't know if there have been any on record for this latest swine flu vaccine (2009-2010).
Another serious side effect that you should consider is allergic reactions. The dead bacteria or viruses used as the main ingredients in the vaccines are cultured in eggs. So if you are allergic to eggs, you should not get vaccinations or consult your doctor regarding an alternative.
There are also several other toxic ingredients in a flu shot, so if you have a tendency to have allergic reactions of any sort, make your doctor aware of them so that they can be prepared and be on the look-out for unexpected reactions.
The makers and promoters of the common flu shot vaccines declare that you can't get the flu from the flu shot, no matter how many people "seem" to get the flu just after getting the flu shot. I may be labeled "unscientific" by some, but I simply don't believe them.
I've known enough people who DO get quite ill after the flu shot, and I've experienced it myself many years ago, so I'll stick to my natural immune building ways.
Where To Get Flu Shot:
If you don't know where to get flu a shot but have decided that you would like to get one, check with your local pharmacy or doctor's office. They should either be offering it, or have a list of locations in your area where they are available.
If you have had adverse reactions to vaccines in the past or have any allergies, please be sure to make that clear to the administer of the flu shot vaccine so that they can be prepared if you should have an allergic flu shot reaction to any of the ingredients. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Getting the annual flu shot is a personal decision that you need to make for you and your family. Weigh up the pros and cons of any flu shot reactions and benefits and decide what is right for you. Be prepared for any possible flu shot reactions so that you can minimize their effects as quickly as possible.