Should Those with Gluten Issues Get the Flu Shot?
I am gluten sensitive, should I get a flu shot? The question comes up a lot, because the general recommendation from the medical community is that those with immune illnesses should get the flu shot to reduce the risk of developing influenza, and the complications associated with it. The following video breaks down this topic in detail. You read the written summary below:
To answer this question, I think we have to ask a few other questions first.
- Do flu shots work?
- What’s in a flu shot?
- What are the risks associated with taking the flu shot?
The answer to #1 is simple. According to the CDC, the flu shot works about 47% of the time, and some studies show as little as 33% effectiveness. Many would argue that it is impossible to prove whether or not a flu shot is effective for various reasons. Including the fact that it is impossible to predict the strain of influenza or it’s ability to change and overcome vaccination impact.
The answer to #2 is simple as well.
- Chicken egg (beware if you are allergic to them).
- Thimersol (mercury)
- Antibiotics (yes, you read that correctly -antibiotics)
- Pork gelatin
The answer to #3 – are there risks? Yes. Studies show that the risks of getting a flu vaccine are:
- Coming down with the flu.
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome – a neurological autoimmune disease
- ASIA (Autoimmune/inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants)
I am a fan of “First do no harm”. It makes sense to me that injecting the body with potential allergens and poisons does not translate into health. Aside from the above risks, many are allergic to the vaccine ingredients themselves (especially egg).
The best immune protection comes from your daily choices. Food, sleep, exercise, sunshine, and stress management. Do your part in these areas and your health will improve.
Always looking out for you,
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior