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What You Need to Know About the Flu Vaccine: What It Is, How It Works and Potential Side Effects to Watch Out For

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  • There are two main categories of flu shots. The trivalent flu shot aims to protect the body against the influenza A virus H1N1, influenza A virus H3N2 and an influenza B virus. The second one is the quadrivalent flu shot which is administered to combat four flu viruses (the first three viruses mentioned and another influenza B virus)
  • A 2017 Brain Injury study revealed that mercury exposure from thimerosal-containing vaccines is linked to a high risk for emotional disturbance. Study authors came to this conclusion after looking at information from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database
  • International Journal of Epidemiology (2006): Senior citizens who received a flu shot were 44 percent less likely to die during flu season, but were 61 percent more likely to die BEFORE the season even began

Every year in late summer and early fall, you’re hit from all angles with dire warnings that if you don’t get a flu vaccination, you’re bound to get sick and possibly die. From social media to billboards, TV, radio and print ads, to posters in grocery stores and pharmacies, there literally is no place you can go to escape the push. The pressure is even more intense in your own health care provider’s office.

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