Dee Woods: Flu shot proves to be epic fail

By Dee Woods

Generally speaking, I'm happy Dr. Oz has a television show that promotes alternative and natural health. Also, generally speaking, I can't for the love of me understand why Dr. Oz would recommend getting a flu shot.

In fact, everywhere you look, you see ads imploring you to get the latest, "very effective" flu shot this year. Seems they say that every year.

In order to convince his trusting public to take the shot, Dr. Oz administered the latest flu vaccine to CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, right there in front of our eyes. Now that should be convincing, and it was - for about two weeks, because Morgan claims he was struck down with a horrid flu 10 days or so after getting the vaccine. I guess the shot didn't work for him, and it seems there were many people who also had the shot and still got the flu. We all know many.

Well, guess what? Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release admitting the vaccine was an abject failure. A whopping 91 percent of senior citizens were not protected by the vaccine, according to the CDC's own admission. Last year's shot wasn't too hot either. Oh, and the year before that wasn't the best for the shot because they claim they "guessed" the wrong strain of flu.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the 2011 vaccine prepared for senior citizens contained four times the regular antigen content with hopes it "may" create a better immune response among seniors. Don't you love the word "may?" They admit they had no proof or studies to indicate that was the case. The problem with the high-dose Fluzone was that it came with a large set of complications and side effects, especially among seniors.

So, why does it hurt to get the shot? Probably because the ingredients aren't really all that good for you. Aluminum, formaldyhyde and thimerisol (a mercury derivative). All of these ingredients can affect your body and brain, and mercury is a serious toxin. It's true, a patient can ask for "Thimerisol-free" injections, but how many do? How many know they can? Probably very few, and the Thimerisol-free vaccines still contain a small amount of Thimerisol. They also include an antibiotic to keep the vaccine free of bacteria, according to Mercola. Sometimes patients are allergic to the antibiotic and patients are not warned to replace the friendly gut bacteria with acidophilus, a probiotic.

In 2007, an article published in the Annals of Medicine explained the vaccine elicits an inflammatory response. The flu vaccine may also pose an immediate risk to your cardiovascular system due to the fact that they elicit that inflammatory response. One 2007 study that appeared in the Annals of Medicine concluded that: "Abnormalities in arterial function and LDL oxidation may persist for at least two weeks after a slight inflammatory reaction induced by influenza vaccination." Is this good for seniors or those with cardiovascular disorders? You and your physician must decide.

At any rate, what advice does the CDC give the public about the largely ineffective vaccine? They say you should get it anyway! For a "possible" 9 percent of protection, you should expose yourself to such toxins? Not so much! Can't help but wonder what's going on here. We must always use common sense - especially when government doesn't.

Dee Woods is available to give presentations about alternative health treatments and healthy living. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .