The Center for Disease Control said on Friday that H1N1 is widespread through 48 states. People are heading to their doctor’s to obtain the vaccine to protect them from this dangerous and life threatening flu strain. While the vaccine is something that many people do not think twice about obtaining if they have the opportunity, the constant research into the vaccine is turning up risks and side effects that are causing some people are a bit more hesitant in getting the vaccine.
The FDA’s website lists mercury, squalene and formaldehyde among some of the ingredients in the swine flu H1N1 shot. Researchers have found Mercury to cause uncontrollable seizures in primates. Scientific studies have also proven mercury poisoning causes neurological damage.
Another ingredient in the H1N1 vaccine is Thimerosal. Thimerosal has powerful and damaging effects on cells of the nervous and immune systems in mammals including humans. Its effect may vary depending on the dose, the genetics of the individual, and the timing of exposure. The mercury dose from thimerosal produces acute and often deadly ethylmercury blood levels.
In addition to the ingredients which cause various reactions depending on our own chemical markup, researchers claim that the H1N1 vaccine can cause viral overload. The vaccine itself is a “dead virus.”” This means that it is inactive and waiting to be incorporated into the human genome. Once it is placed into the human body, it prompts the body to create antibodies to protect any future invasions of the same (but live) virus.
Perhaps the most dangerous part of this process is that the viral load is increased while your immune system is decreased. This can be a perfect scenario for an extreme case of auto-immune disease. There have even been some researchers that report high viral load in Autism cases.
The Center for Disease Control announced in August that 477 people in the US died from H1N1 flu including 36 children. Nearly 70% of these children had chronic high-risk medical conditions such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy or developmental delay. This emphasizes the importance of caretakers of children with chronic medical conditions consulting with their physicians about obtaining vaccinations against H1N1* (http://www.epilepsy.com/)
As the flu season continues on, the risks and benefits are still being weighed. Some people are rushing to get their vaccines; others are refusing to take the risk while the remainder of the populations wonders what the right answer is – if there even is one.