Wednesday, September 9, 2009
the flu vaccine
There is so much information circulating about the influenza vaccine, and it is exceedingly difficult to decipher. The facts are influenced by politics, media, vaccine manufacturers, and are often blurred by marketing tactics and opinion. After doing a TON of research on the subject, I believe that the risks of getting the flu vaccine far out way the risks of possibly contracting the flu virus naturally. I say no to the flu shot, not only for myself, but for my family as well. There are many precautions you can take to prevent the flu. Wash your hands frequently, get adequate rest and exercise moderately, drink plenty of water, cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and eat a healthy diet rich in natural vitamins and minerals. Breast milk also gives a major boost to the immune system of nursing children. Mama's milk is rich in nutrients and natural immunities that will help protect nurslings from contracting the flu and other illnesses. One good resource about the flu virus is Flu Facts from the National Vaccine Information Center. The best thing you can do is learn the benefits and risks of the illnesses themselves as well as the vaccines and make an informed decision for yourself and your family.