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Side Effects Flu Vaccine – Part 2

Before I start…
GSK flulaval
multi vial box of flu vaccine (Flulaval)

Before I start on part 2, (See Part 1 here),  I want to list those vaccines that DO HAVE Thimerosal in them:

Please note: this is specifically aimed at the US market.  UK flu vaccines do not contain thimerosal (thiomersal).

  • Afluria by Seqirus – 5mL multi dose vial (MDV) 10 x 0.5mL doses. Each dose contains 24.5mcg of mercury in the form of Thimerosal (March 2017)
  • Afluria Quadrivalent by Seqirus – 5mL MDV (10 x 0.5mL doses). Each dose contains 24.5mcg of mercury in the form of Thimerosal (July 2017)
  • Flulaval Quadrivalent by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – 5mL MDV (10 x 0.5mL doses). Each dose contains ≤25mcg of mercury in the form of Thimerosal (April 2017)
  • **Fluzone Quadrivalent by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. – packaged as a 5mL MDV each 0.5mL dose from the MDV contains 25mcg mercury and each 0.25mL dose from the MDV contains 12.5mcg mercury. (July 2017)
  • *Fluvirin by Seqirus – 0.5ml single dose prefilled syringe – no preservatives but thimerosal is in trace amounts  ≤1mcg mercury per 0.5mL dose. (March 2017)
  • Flucelvax Quadrivalent by Seqirus – 5mL MDV each 0.5ml dose contains 25mcg of mercury in the form of Thimerosal (April 2017)
flu dose
Single dose flu vaccine

If you wish to have the flu shot, these vaccines DO NOT have Thimerosal nor to they have any preservatives:

  • Afluria by Seqirus – 0.5mL prefilled syringe single dose (March 2017)
  • Afluria Quadrivalent by Seqirus – 0.5mL prefilled syringe single dose (July 2017)
  • Flulaval Quadrivalent by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – 0.5mL single dose prefilled syringes (April 2017)
  • Fluzone Quadrivalent by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. – 0.5mL single dose syringe (supplied as packets of 10 (July 2017).
  • Fluarix Quadrivalent by GSK – 0.5mL needleless prefilled syringe supplied as packets of 10 (April 2017)
  • Fluzone High-Dose by Novartis – Suspension for 0.5 mL needleless prefilled syringe (gray plunger rod) supplied as packets of 10 (July 2017)
  • Flucelvax Quadrivalent by Seqirus – 0.5mL single dose pre-filled syringe supplied as packets of 10 (April 2017)
  • Flublok Quadrivalent by Protein Sciences – single dose 0.5mL syringe in 5 or 10 syringe carton (March 2017)
  • Flublok by Protein Sciences – single dose 0.5mL vial in a 10 vial carton (March 2017)
  • Fluad by Seqirus 0.5ml pre-filled needleless syringe in packets of 10 (March 2107)
What to look out for
Taking a single dose from a multi dose vial

It would appear that most of the non thimerasol vaccines are single doses, ie the syringes are prefilled and often come in cartons of 10.   *The single dose vaccine Fluvirin by Seqirus, has no preservatives in it but it has trace amounts of mercury due to the manufacturing process.  Best if you keep away from ANY mercury.

If your nurse or doctor takes your dose from another vial (MDV) ie. putting the needle in the silicon rubber top (known as a septum) and pulling off the dose, then there’s a good chance this will have the thimerasol in it.  Refuse it!  **The above image shows an example using the multi dose vial (MDV) flu vaccine ‘Fluzone’ which does have 0.25mcg of mercury per single dose (0.5mL)

Check which vaccine is being used

It may be better to ask the nurse or medic which flu vaccine they are using and whether it is from a multi dose vial (MDV) or a single dose.  This may save you time and awkwardness if you have to refuse it when your shirt sleeve is already up and your arm ready!

If you do have the shot, insist on a copy of the vaccine information statement

Also ask for the flu vaccine pamphlet that comes with the prefilled syringe.  This will give you information on the vaccine and the possible side effects so you can be aware if you experience any problems.

Why have a vaccine for flu anyway?
Dr Geier
Dr Mark Geier

Dr Mark Geier who has an MD and Ph.D in genetics has worked at the NIH (National Institute of Health) for 10 years, was a Professor at John Hopkins University and has been interested in vaccine safety and efficacy for over 30 years.  He notes that the number of deaths from flu is in the hundreds, not the thousands as often erroneously cited, making it a low-risk disease.  Also any flu vaccines should be rated as experimental as their constant changing nature makes it impossible to meet the legal efficacy and safety requirements for vaccines.

The number of deaths don’t warrant spending billions

If you have approximately 600 deaths per year from flu and the vaccine is only 9% effective, that equates to lives saved of 54.  This is not deducting the side effects that some will suffer from the flu vaccine.  It is also not including those people who contract the flu after being vaccinated!  Although this is devastating for those 54 and their families, it doesn’t warrant spending billions of dollars on 300 million vaccines for the whole population of the US. This money could be spent more efficiently elsewhere on a disease/s that take many more lives than the few we speak of here.

Take 2010 for instance.

The National Vital Statistics System in the U.S., stated flu deaths for 2010 amounted to just 500 and this figure could be too high.  Going by analyses in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the British Medical Journal, just 15-20% of people who come down with flu-like symptoms have the influenza virus.  The rest would have rhinovirus or other viruses indistinguishable from the flu without laboratory testing.  In 2001, when death certificates listed 257 US citizens dying of flu, only 18 were positively identified as having true flu by laboratory testing.  The rest, amounting to 239, were assumed to be flu but this was likely not to be the case.

big pharmaI’ve had the flu…once

As a point of interest, I’ve had the flu;  I was a slip of a girl in my teens and I can still remember how ill I felt for a week or so.  I am now approaching my 70th year and I’ve never had it since.  It may be I’m just lucky.  But whatever the reason, it’s not because I’ve had a flu jab.  I have never had one and I never will.  I don’t trust Big Pharma to have my best interests at heart.  I know their first concerns are with their profits.  The massive profits that come from vaccines are unbelievable.  Big pharma have no worries, they can’t be sued if anything goes wrong.  A win, win situation for them! Not so for some of the unfortunates who have had these vaccines administered to their detriment.

So what about the UK?

Just look at this newspaper headline.  How does it look to you?  28,800 death from the flu?  No actually, 28,800 all cause mortality deaths.  This means every cause of death including cancer, heart attack, diabetes etc., as well as respiratory deaths like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and all the rest.  flu headlineThis type of headline is just scaremoungering, getting you in the mood for having your flu shot.  Some statistics are massaged by lumping all respiratory type diseases together and calling them ILI (influenza like illnesses) and using the resultant figure as flu deaths.  How many people do you know that have died of the flu?  Don’t believe this hype.  Don’t forget these flu shots are financially driven. See if you can find anywhere on the net which tells you the ACTUAL proven figures of people that have died in the UK, as a result of influenza, proven by laboratory testing.  If you find it, please let me know.

motherThe trusting general public

The trusting general public are being duped into believing that all vaccines are safe and adverse reactions are a rarity.  The pharmaceuticals take advantage of the fact that the public is generally ignorant of how a vaccine works and what is in it. It is proclaimed by the pharmaceutical industry and reiterated by the media, doctors, medics and other misinformed professionals that NO scientific studies exist showing that vaccines DO cause harm.

baby in hospital
Nikie’s daughter recovering in hospital. Nickie saved her life with CPR

This is just propaganda originating from the pharmaceuticals who gain humongous profits from vaccines.  Their profits are almost as powerful as their ability to influence the media, the medical profession and medical education, hospitals, universities and colleges, popular news channels and the unsuspecting public.  We just don’t want to believe that they would deceive, hoodwink and betray us with respect to our health and the health of our beloved children.  I suspect this mother feels betrayed.  She could have lost her daughter if she hadn’t been on the ball and watching over her after her vaccinations

Incentives and Inducements
Doctors are paid $400 for each completed Child Vaccine Program up to age 2.

The influence of the large pharmaceutical companies spreads far and wide and they can easily get followers on board by given out various incentives and inducements such as $400 for every child who completes their vaccination program up to 2 years old.

Below I’ve chosen 5 studies out of the 400 vaccine studies found by Neil Z. Miller who put them together in his review of ‘Critical Vaccine Studies’.  No doubt there are more to be found but they do need to be untouched and unsolicited by any pharmaceutical company for them to be safe from fraud.

Independent studiesMiller's Review

The following are some independent studies I found regarding the influenza vaccine.  This means these scientific papers have not been done by pharmaceuticals or those affiliated to any pharmaceutical companies.  This information was taken from “Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies”.  All these studies are peer-reviewed.

  1. Prior vaccination against seasonal influenza may increase the risk of contracting a severe case of pandemic influenza: Skowronski DM, De Serres G, et al. Association between the 2008-09 seasonal influenza vaccine and pandemic H1N1 illness during Spring-Summer 2009: four observational studies from Canada. PloS Med 2010 April 6; 7(4): e1000258.
  2. Mice that were infected with a seasonal influenza virus survived exposure to a lethal influenza strain; mice that were vaccinated died: Bodewes R, Kreijz JH, et al. Vaccination against human influenza A/H3N2 virus prevents the induction of heterosubtypic immunity against lethal infection with Avian influenza A/H5N1 virus. PloS One 2009; 4(5): e5538.
  3. Pregnant women vaccinated against seasonal influenza and A-H1N1 (swine flu) flu jab pregnancyhad high rates of spontaneous abortions: Goldman GS, Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons: Was there a synergistic fetal toxicity associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season? Hum Exp Toxicol 2013 May; 32(5): 464-75.
  4. CDC policy to vaccinate pregnant women with thimerosal (48% mercury) containing influenza vaccines is not supported by science: Ayoub DM, Yazbak FE, Influenza vaccination during pregnancy: a critical assessment of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2006 Summer; 11(2): 41-47
  5. Children vaccinated against seasonal influenza are not protected and are more likely than non-vaccinated children to develop respiratory virus infections: Cowling BJ, Fang VJ, et al. Increased risk of non influenza respiratory virus infections associated with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine. Clin Infect Dis 2012 June 15; 54(12): 1778-83.

Ches Power AuthorMake up your own mind but be aware and do your research.  Weigh up everything that could possibly affect your life if something goes wrong.  Work out the risks for you and your family.  Take all you learn into consideration and make an informed choice.  Don’t believe Big Pharma’s promises and question everything!

Side Effects Flu Vaccine


santa's jabs
Can’t see Santa until you’ve had your flu shot kids!

It’s that time of year when the flu vaccination will be touted by your local care provider, doctor, or even the local chemist or supermarket!  What are you going to do?  Will you have another flu jab this year?  Did it help last year?  Did you have any effects from the vaccination?  Did you actually catch the flu despite being vaccinated? Did your health provider inform you of the risks and possible side effects?

Seniors more at risk?

It is probably the seniors that are contacted most frequently to come and have their flu jab. But how effective is the flu vaccine at protecting you against the flu.  Are seniors protected enough to warrent them having this vaccine year in year out?  Figures suggest that for those over 50 years, the vaccine is not as effective and the older you are the less effective it becomes.

Flu vaccine just 9% effectual

Well there is evidence that in fact the flu vaccine has been as little as 9% effective and what’s more some people actually suffer serious consequences after having the flu shot. Unfortunately, some people are succumbing to a rare condition known as ‘Guillain-Barré Syndrome following their influenza vaccination.  If you do contract the flu after having the flu jab and many do, you’re likely to be more ill than if you had not had the jab at all!

CochraneLibraryThe Cochrane Database Review

The Cochrane Database Review, the gold standard for the assessment of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of commonly used medical interventions, has concluded that flu vaccines do not appear to have any measurable benefit either for children, adults, or seniors. 

In the ‘AUTHORS CONCLUSIONS’ of one review it states … “Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.  The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in light of this finding.”

Dr Morris FDAAnd the FDA?

Even the former Chief Vaccine Officer at the FDA states: “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.”

Nurse diesYoung nurse dies after flu shot

Other life threatening problems can also occur after this IMHO, unnecessary vaccination.  Health worker Katherine McQuestion, just married and pictured here, died of sepsis after receiving a mandatary flu jab.

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare condition that occurs when the sufferer’s nerve cells are damaged by their own immune system.  Sometimes it can be triggered by a reaction to the flu vaccine activating the immune system and damaging the nerves.  Flu vaccinations have been consistently associated with GBS especially when the disorder occurs a few weeks after administration of the vaccine.

No Cure for GBS

The problem with this syndrome is that there is no cure.  Although some people do recover, it is a devastating disease which can paralyze the patient some of whom die.  There are various classifications of the syndrome such as:

  • AIDP (Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneurophathy)GBS Woman
  • AMAN (Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy)
  • AMSAN (Acute Motor Sensory Axonal Neuropathy)
  • APN (Acute Panautonomic Neuropathy)
  • BBE (Bickerstaff’s Brainstem Encephalitis)
  • CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneurophathy)
  • MFS (Miller Fisher Syndrome)
  • PCB (Pharyngeal-Cervical-Brachial Variant)
The symptoms of GBS include:
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • Severe lower back pain.
  • Problems with bladder or bowel function.
  • Pins and needles in fingers, wrists, toes and ankles.
  • Tingling and muscle weakness starting in the feet and spreading to legs, upper body and arms.
  • Pain often worse at night.
  • Problems walking, talking, moving eyes or face, chewing and/or swallowing.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Paralysis.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Result of MMR and flu shot, this child died 2 weeks later

Although the risk appears to be low, it is serious enough to have a ‘Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’ (VICP) in force in the US.  This was set up in the 1980s and is supposedly designed to help people injured by vaccine side effects.  But the main reason for this program is to protect the vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits which may discourage the development of new vaccines.  Total immunity was given to them by congress in 1986 and the law was upheld by the US supreme court in 2011.  This gives Big Pharma carte blanche to produce vaccines of dubious efficacy with likely serious after effects, without them being sued when patients die or have a serious reaction from their vaccination.

Public Largely Unaware of the Vaccine Court: Most Cases Never Litigated.


The most recent report was issued on June 3, 2016 which covered the period from 16th Feb 2016 to 15th May 2016 and had 206 cases adjudicated. 116 of them were listed in the report , specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement. 85 of the 116 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines put together.

Check out this blog posted by a nurse about the regular reactions he sees from vaccinations and the lies taught to students. Here is a snippet: “When I was done I came back and sat down with the student, and asked what he learned that night so far. The first response was: “What I was told about vaccines wasn’t true”.

You can’t sue!

Most US citizens are not aware that they cannot sue pharmaceutical companies for damages due to vaccinations.  If you have a serious reaction after a vaccine in the US, an attorney has to be hired by the victim.  Unfortunately, it can take years for a settlement to be reached and not all complaints are upheld.  The longest settlement time so far is 11 years!  Because of this, it is probable that many of the victims of vaccine damage, are not represented in the 3 monthly figures.  It is so difficult to fight the government to win a settlement, many victims won’t even try.  It’s bad enough suffering the after effects, without having to fight a court case at the same time.

A typical vaccine damage attorney’s website

For those who have unfortunately been affected by the flu vaccine, I randomly chose an attorney’s website from which you can gain information if you wish to take the matter further.

Where is the evidence?

The possibility of getting GBS is put at 1-2 in a million by governmental sources but is this just a figure plucked out of the air?  Where is the evidence?  How do we know how many GBS cases are as a result of the flu vaccine? How many people have contracted GBS and the evidencenot made the connection to the flu vaccination they may have had?  How many doctors will connect the two events?  Nobody knows the time frame between having the flu shot and contracting GBS or any other side effect.  If someone gets GBS 2 months, 6 months, one year or more after a flu shot, will anyone wonder if it’s connected?

What the CDC says

What we do know is that the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) states that “an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year” and “about two-thirds of people who develop GBS symptoms do so several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhoea or a respiratory illness“.  How many of these people also had the flu jab before they got sick and then contracted GBS?

According to the CDC the definition of Guillain-Barré Syndrome is:

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have permanent nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing.

I notice that ‘diarrhea and respiratory illness’ as mentioned previously, was inferred as a symptom of the onset of GBS.  As you can see, those people who have died of GBS (according to CDC) usually do so from breathing difficulties, which I consider to be a respiratory illness or perhaps this is just a coincidence?

What about the research?flu vaccine

I think the evidence for the flu vaccine causing GBS needs to be researched more thoroughly. In fact, the evidence supporting the efficacy of the flu shot is thin on the ground.  Is it worth the risk of suffering after effects of the jab against the risk of dying from the flu?  How many people per year actually die of the flu?

Research is not something the pharmaceutical companies will want to do, in case the results are not favourable for them and reduce their profits.  Also the research needs to be done by impartial researchers that have no dealings with pharmaceuticals and are not associated in any way with governmental departments.  This could be a difficult ask!

A nurse’s experience with GBS

Robin Kelman “When I started nursing, I worked a Neuro floor in a 600 bed hospital and every Fall/Winter we would have several GBS patients in. Several of the initial onsets were post Flu vaccinations. One lady had suffered multiple occurrences of various levels of paralysis since 1980. More than enough reason for me to never take a Flu vac!”

The misery of a mother and daughter

Kimberly McMahon My 8 year old daughter got GBS after a flu shot. Never again will I subject my family to the flu shot! Not after seeing my daughter completely paralyzed!

It’s up to you, not your medic

Until accurate figures can be relied upon, you as the consumer, need to look carefully at the amount of evidence there already is.  You cannot deny that some people have had their you decidelives ruined by this vaccine.  You must make up your own mind but I really think if you are a fit and healthy individual, the risk of you dying from the flu is probably very small.  The risk of dying from GBS is also probably very small.  But if its a case of feeling like crap for a week or two or getting a serious auto immune disease, which could change the quality of your life forever, I know what I’d go for.  We don’t really know exactly how many people contract GBS because of the flu vaccine.  Neither does your doctor but he will be inclined to persuade you to have the jab, no matter what!  Take control, it’s your life and your decision.

Next week I will list NON mercury flu vaccines for US

In part 2 of this article, we will look at the REAL number of deaths from the flu, not those hyped up by the media and the medical fraternity to frighten people to get a flu shot.  Also I will be listing those flu vaccines that DO NOT have Thimerasol in them so you can make sure that you don’t get toxic mercury with your flu shot, if you choose to have one.  If you live in the UK, mercury has been banned in flu vaccines for many years (since 2005 I think).

I’ve just had a phone call!

By the way, I’ve just this minute had a phone call from my doctor’s surgery.  (I’ve not been to the doctor for at least 5 years).  They left a message saying I was due for my flu shot!!  Ches PowerWhy are we all getting pestered?  Is it really because the pharmaceuticals and the medical fraternity are worried about us or is it a case of ‘follow the money’.  At the end of the message it said “This phone call has been sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.”  Sanofi are the manufacturers of Fluzone Quadrivalent which is one of the vaccines being suppled for the UK market for season 2017/18.