MERCOLA.COM  3/15/03


Flu Vaccine Not Working - - CDC Admits. What Are Your Options?
Yesterday the CDC finally admitted the obvious. The flu vaccine does not work. Over 83 million doses of vaccine were made and even the CDC states that the "protection" will not be the usual 70 percent to 90 percent, and some of their experts fear it is well below 50 percent. The CDC committee voted 17-1 to bring back last year's version. Now EVERY one of them are regretting their vote. Do you know who the sole dissenting vote was cast by? Barbara Fischer who is the president, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) served as the consumer voting member of the FDA Advisory Committee. The National Vaccine Information Center is a non-profit, educational organization founded in 1982 by parents whose children were injured or died from reactions to the DPT vaccine.

Flu vaccine only protects against the three specific viruses which are included in any given year's flu vaccine formulation and does not protect against throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal and ear infections caused by bacteria and other kinds of viruses. When the match between the vaccine and circulating viruses is close, the flu vaccine is thought to provide a 70 to 90 percent chance of temporary immunity to selected strains in healthy persons less than 65 years old. For those over 65 years old, the efficacy rate drops to 30 to 40 percent, although it is considered to be 50 to 60 percent effective in preventing hospitalization or pneumonia and 80 percent effective in preventing death from flu caused by the covered strains

Wouldn't it make more sense to build up one's immune system? That is the strategy that I personally use and encourage everyone else to follow as it is highly effective. But for those of us that succumb to the holiday temptations and consume far more junk food than is wise, thus weakening our immune system and making us susceptible to the flu there are far more effective therapeutic strategies. I discussed these in my lead article in last Saturday's newsletter.

Yesterday I also received an email from a newsletter subscriber that had written the CDC with my warnings about the flu vaccine and they were given the following information:

"Phenol and Thimerosal (mercury) are preservatives that kill off contaminants in the vaccine, and aluminum is added to some vaccines to improve the immune system's response to the antigen, which can be so small that our immune system would not even identify the foreign substance on its own. Aluminum is the most abundant element in the Earth's crust and is present in air, food, and water. Quantity in vaccines is roughly equal to infant formula. Thimerosal has been studied by the Institutes of Medicine which was unable to link thimerosal to any adverse events or neurological damage."

To my understanding this is reprehensible misinformation as it seeks to provide a sense of reassurance that is in no way shape or form justified. Do you want any of the following vaccine constituents in YOUR bloodstream?



  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
  • Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye)
  • Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent
  • Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer's disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response)
  • Thimerosal (a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease
  • Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.



It is almost laughable, if it weren't seriously harming people, that the CDC could continue to state that thimerosal is not harmful when they issued a warning to remove it from vaccines over four years ago. And to describe aluminum as not harmful because it is abundant in the earth and present in infant formula is malicious nonsense. The CDC implies that we should consider aluminum in our trace mineral supplements. But don't you find it curious that aluminum is so abundant in the earth but it has not yet been found to be useful for any biological systems?

So do yourself a favor and eat healthy, avoid the junk, sleep well, stay emotionally balanced and skip the flu shot and the flu all in one fell swoop.

ABC News December 15, 2003