I’ve written about flu vaccines before. And I’m going to do it again.
Because of the nature of my work, I subscribe to various blogs and news alerts related to natural health. Lots of what I’ve been seeing recently has been anti-vaccine. Most dissenting voices claim that vaccines are not as effective at preventing disease as most people believe they are.
Dr John Briffa gives an excellent account of the science here.
But even without analysing the data and scientific studies, it seems very convenient to me that the drug companies who produce these vaccines get to sell a whole new batch every single year. This is of course because the flu virus mutates so regularly, and so the new vaccine each year is designed to combat the new mutations. Personally I think that biology doesn’t work like this; every summer does a new batch of viruses suddenly appear, or are the viruses continually changing and mutating as they travel from person to person, from country to country? I think it’s something closer to the latter.
I understand that many people are very happy to be vaccinated against flu because it gives them some peace of mind and extra protection, but it’s not something that I’ll be doing. The best way to protect yourself is to look after yourself as best you can – good food, good sleep, fresh air and relaxation. I am also a huge proponent of Vitamin C when it comes to colds and flu.
But if you do find yourself struck down with influenza, my advice is to take to your bed straight away. So often I hear of people soldiering on, going to work dosed up on Lemsip or paracetamol. In my opinion that is not the best way to treat your body and promote recovery. There’s a lot to be said for good old fashioned nursing techniques; plenty of liquids, plenty of rest, plenty of warmth, plenty of sleep.