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Can You Get the Flu From a Flu Shot?
It seems that every other year we have a more serious flu season. With the advent of the various strains of flu, the potential of a pandemic outbreak looms on the horizon. Amidst the various reports from the CDC and the variety of flu shots produced by the pharmaceutical companies, many people choose not to have a flu shot for fear of actually getting the flu. Since the flu virus mutates, every season requires a new strain of vaccine to combat the newer flu virus. So the question remains: can you get the flu from a flu shot?
You must first understand that there are two types of flu vaccines: the actual flu shot administered by needle that contains dead or killed virus. The nasal spray which contains a weakened live virus. Each type of vaccine offers potential side effects and time duration for the vaccine to actually work.
It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop for fighting the flu. The side effects for each type of vaccine administered can be anything from mild to quite severe. The actual flu shot can cause redness, swelling or a feeling of soreness at the shot location, low grade fever and aches. The nasal spray, children can experience a runny nose, fever, muscle aches, wheezing and vomiting. Adults may experience runny nose, headache, sore throat and a cough.
In addressing the question: can you get the flu from a flu shot, you must turn to the government reports and studies. While the CDC indicates that you cannot actually get the flu from the flu shot, there are what they refer to as some major reactions. There are some people that can have severe allergic reactions (said to be caused by an allergy to eggs) all the way to death. These situations are supposed to be rare. In some studies, the study group of those that received a vaccine compared to those that did not receive a flu vaccine indicated that there didn’t seem to be any difference in those that actually got the flu, compared to those that were inoculated.
The potential to have either a mild or severe reaction to a flu vaccine, the two week time duration and the constant creation of a new vaccine every year, has sent people to research homeopathic and alternative medication sources. Homeopathic alternatives have been used for hundreds of years and are regulated by the FDA via US Homeopathic Pharmacopeia. The alternative approach is to use a gentle combination of organic and inorganic substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.
One of the successful homeopathic products has been Reme-Flu. This medicine is a two-part approach for combating the flu. The first part is a combination of five homeopathic medicines with an excellent history of positive results in combating flu symptoms. The second part contains four homeopathic medicines that combat respiratory ailments. The delivery system is a proprietary process that offers faster cellular absorption to get into the body. The positive side to Reme-Flu is that it is a natural approach and allows your body to develop its own healing processes and there are no known interactions of any sort.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Flu10 May 2010|