I've never been a fan of any flu shots, and have never used them for any of my family. But, I think in light of what's coming out in preliminary reports on the H1N1 vaccine, those already dealing with ITP would be wise to carefully consider the implications of getting it. [Remember, too, that this vaccine was rushed in the making. No longterm studies were done, and the short term studies were limited in their length and who they were done on. People that choose to take it, do so at their own risk, and are truly the drug companies' guinea pigs.]
This is from Dr. Mercola's website, and his interview with Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center:
The news for this year is that the flu vaccine you'll get this fall will be a combination vaccine that contains both the regular flu- and the swine flu vaccines – you will not be given the choice to take them individually.
Barbara Loe Fisher explains:
"In February of 2009, the CDC announced that every single American from the age of 6 months through the year of death should get an annual flu shot -- every single one of us, whether we're healthy or we're sick.
In March of 2009, this mysterious H1N1 bird-pig-human hybrid influenza virus was discovered.
So here we are… Everyone is supposed to get a flu shot every year. We're going into the flu season of 2010-2011…. [But] they have decided that in the annual influenza shot for this year, there will be three type A or type B viruses, and one will be H1N1."
This is the same type of vaccine that Australia recently suspended for use in children under the age of five because it caused a surprisingly high number of reports of children suffering high fevers, vomiting and febrile convulsions.
But children aren't the only group that seem to react more violently to the trivalent vaccine that contains the H1N1 component.
A special government committee has been created to investigate last year's H1N1 monovalent vaccine for signs that it may be associated with a higher rate of certain kinds of reactions. What the committee found out provisionally is that there were three signs of trouble with the H1N1 swine flu vaccine used last year.
"One was Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), which we know has been associated with influenza vaccine since 1976 when the first swine flu vaccine was used. There is [also] a sign of a blood disorder called thrombocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia is when your blood cannot produce enough platelets. It's an autoimmune type reaction.
The other is Bell's palsy. That's a facial paralysis. It's a neuroimmune reaction.
The government is saying they don't know if these are true signals or not, but there were some red flags that were raised."
So now we're moving into the 2010-2011 flu season with a vaccine that may be very reactive.
"I am concerned," Fisher says, "We have over 300 million people [in the US] which… are supposed to get this influenza vaccine. And we have a very aggressive push by the media and others who are following the lead of the government, so we could have a bad situation."
This would certainly raise some red flags for me. And, there are quite a few other more natural and effective ways to deal with the flu, anyway, both in preventing it and treating it. (In fact, there is very little evidence to support the assumption that the flu shot has ever been effective!) Optimal levels of Vitamin D can be very effective. Dr. mercola has some excellent information on his website.
I am a homeopath, and I saw many cases of people with flu-like symptoms over the last year. A large number of them had actually been given the flu shot, but it didn't work. Regardless whether or not they'd been vaccinated, homeopathy works on the principle of "Like cures Like", so matched their particular symptoms to the known remedies we have, and their known symptoms that they can cure. Last year, the remedies I found most often needed were Eupatorium perfoliatum, Arsenicum album, Gelsemium and Bryonia.
When taken at the very earliest signs, Oscillococcinum was often able to avert the flu, or at least to lessen it's duration or severity.