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Why Giving the Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Doesn't Make Any Sense

July 11, 2006 | 25,165 views

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommends flu vaccination during all trimesters of pregnancy.

However, according to a report published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, this recommendation is unjustified, unwise, and should be withdrawn.

Citing ACIP's own sources, as well as current literature, the report based its conclusions on the following findings: 

  • Flu infection is rarely a threat during normal pregnancy.
  • There is no "convincing evidence" that the flu vaccination is effective during pregnancy.
  • Studies have not adequately assessed the risk of flu vaccination during pregnancy.
  • Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative present in most flu vaccines, has been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, in humans.
  • Thimerosal has been linked to a number of animal reproductive toxicities including teratogenicity, mutagenicity and fetal death.

The ACIP maintains that flu vaccinations are necessary because influenza is more serious during pregnancy than at other times, yet they cite only two scientific papers to support this statement.

The report concluded that since routine administration of flu vaccine during pregnancy is ill-advised and not supported by scientific literature, and use of thimerosal during pregnancy should be contraindicated, the ACIP's policy recommendation should be withdrawn.


 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Tragically, the influenza vaccine is now universally recommended in the United States during all trimesters of pregnancy.

I am very grateful to the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) for publishing this comprehensive review. If you have any interest in this topic I would encourage you to review the full-text PDF that they graciously made available for free.

The AAPS is the only professional organization I pay to belong to. I have been a member for nearly 20 years. Membership is limited to physicians and medical students, and I would encourage all who qualify to consider joining this groupwhich is one of the loudest voices for medical freedom in the United States.

Flu vaccines are still loaded with mercury and this will invariably contribute to brain injury in many of the children whose mothers receive this vaccine. This is particularly tragic because there is just no logical reason for mothers to receive this vaccine, other than the obvious one -- to have the drug companies increase their bottom-line profits.

The decision to vaccinate pregnant women was based on two weak studies that in no way support this recommendation. When you carefully analyze the first you will find that the pregnant moms did not transfer the flu infection to their babies.

The stinker here is that the government used the fact that there were significant differences in complications between vaccinated and unvaccinated pregnant women. But what were the complications? Was it something potentially fatal like pneumonia?

No, it was merely symptoms like chest pain and other minor issues, which could have even been related to a strong immune response providing permanent authentic immunity to the infection. So the drug companies and the government manipulated the results to justify the use of this vaccine in pregnant women.

If you review the only other study used to justify this recommendation you will find it also had similar methodology flaws.

Then there is the whole issue of whether or not this unnecessary vaccine even works during pregnancy. The projection was one to two women per 1,000 would be prevented from being hospitalized, but the projections are not supported by the current scientific literature as many other studies show that this vaccine does not work.

The primary reason for the confusion is that the researchers frequently fail to factor in important socioeconomic factors that are the primary reason many people develop complications from the flu.

Additionally, most symptoms of the flu are not even caused by the flu virus, which would clearly make the vaccine worthless in these scenarios.

So if all the vaccines did were cause unnecessary expenses, that would be good enough reason to stop using them. However, there is a stack of evidence that strongly supports that the mercury used in nearly all flu vaccines is clearly associated with brain injury in children that are born to vaccinated mothers.

Amazingly, a vaccine manufacturer, Lilly, even notes on its package insert that the mercury they use as a preservative is "known to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm."

So once again we have another dramatic example of how the evil marketing geniuses put a deceptive spin on it and are able to manipulate government policy -- not for the protection of the citizens it is supposed to serve, but for its true masters, the multi-national drug corporations.

 


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