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Why I Don't Get the Flu Shot

Flu Shot, Anti-Vaccine

As I drive around town I see “Get Your Flu Shot Here” signs in the parking lot of grocery stores and drugstores. They are EVERYWHERE and they enrage me.

I don’t want to be put into a position to tell you what to do with your body, but I will most certainly tell you what I will do with mine, and I feel qualified to do so because I’ve spent the last fourteen years relentlessly studying what it means to feel alive. I can confidently say that, for me, getting the flu shot is out of the question.

I don’t get the flu shot because…

It repeatedly made me sick. I had my last flu shot my senior year in high school. Every year I got the shot, I got sick within a few days and missed school. I don’t think that it gave me the flu; I think the shot weakened my overall vitality and then I picked up whatever pathogen was going around.

When I went to college, I felt like my body was finally all mine, and I refused to get the shot. It just didn’t make any sense to me that I would trust something that made me sick.

Just so you know, I never got the flu.

I don’t get the flu shot because…

Injecting something directly into your bloodstream is a significant threat, and not the kind of threat that makes you stronger, but the kind of threat that makes you weaker. We build immunity through properly managed infections via our mucus membranes, not our bloodstream.

Think about it for a minute: does your body really know the difference between surgery and being wounded on a field in a war? No, it doesn’t. I get that the context is very different, but on the level of the nervous system, having your blood exposed, with your body cut open or punctured, is a form of trauma. So it goes with vaccines: when toxins and dead or alive pathogens suddenly appear in the bloodstream, the body is going to sound the alarm.

For some people, they may never feel the impact of a vaccine, but for others the sounding of the alarm in the body damages them forever.

I don’t get the flu shot because…

Right this minute, on my desk, I am staring at a textbook (that’s right, a 369 page freaking textbook) titled Vaccines and Autoimmunity. It is a collection of 37 articles about this topic.

Enough said.