1. Various chemicals: Formaldehyde, beta-propiolactonethimerosol, sodium taurodeoxycholate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, sodium deoxycholate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin, nonylphenol ethoxylate, polymyxin, neomycin, polysorbate 80, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate, gelatin, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, sucrose, gentamicin sulfate.1
2. Eggs: If you are allergic to eggs, or have asthma, the flu and yellow fever vaccines might be ones to be wary of. You might want to ask for a low-egg vaccine.2
3. Thimerosol (Mercury): This ingredient may or may not have been linked to autism.3
Would febrile seizure4, narcolepsy5, Asthma2, Guillain-Barré syndrome6, or fetal toxicity7 be worse than the flu? These are some of the side effects considered to be linked to flu vaccines.
Or the flu itself? A study published in 2011 made an association about increased likelihood of coming down with the flu after having received the vaccine.8
People are turning to natural sources Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Oregano Oil, turmeric, echinacea, reishi mushrooms and so on to strengthen their immune systems. During the 1918 flu epidemic, the Homeopathic Physicians demonstrated a 1.05% mortality rate while orthodox medicine saw approximately a 30% death rate9.
The Center for Disease control says that the flu vaccine is the best way to control influenza10. What about getting plenty of rest, exercise, proper nutrition, drinking plenty of fluids and regular hand washing.
Consider other medical authorities’ proactive measures. Europe's drugs regulator has ruled Pandemrix (the swine flu vaccine) should no longer be used in people aged under twenty5. Australia no longer recommends the annual flu shot for children under five years old11.
Everybody is different. Use your right to choose. Or in other words, “educate before you vaccinate”. Consider that our immune system is a highly refined and intellectual system that works naturally and effectively by way of protection through our mucous membranes (skin, mouth, ears) not by way of intramuscular injection.