Why I Will Never Get the Flu Shot

by Dr. Jay Warren

This time of year, everyone is concerned about the “Cold & Flu Season”. Invariably, people start asking me about flu shots.

CONCERNED PATIENT: “What do you think about the flu shot, Dr. Jay?”

ME: “I think a lot of things about the flu shot. Are you considering getting one?

CONCERNED PATIENT: “Well, maybe. My doctor wants me to get one but I’m not sure. I got one last year and I still got sick for a week.”

ME: “Hmmm…that’s interesting. Didn’t seem to work, huh?”

CONCERNED PATIENT: “No, I guess not really…Do you get the flu shot, Dr. Jay?

ME: “Hell no.”

CONCERNED PATIENT: “Oh, uhh…err….umm…”

I have never gotten a flu shot and I never would.

The last shot I got was a tetanus booster in 9th grade. I remember it well because right after getting injected by the doctor, my mom took me to the park to play mud football with my buddies but my arm hurt so much I could hardly throw the ball. No fun that day.

The last antibiotic I took was in 1994 (which was also the last time I saw a medical doctor). Now I know better. But that’s another story.

It’s up to you what you do to your body and what you do for your family’s health, of course. But I’ll tell you why I feel so strongly about flu shots and you decide what to do for yourself.

First of all, the whole point of getting a flu shot is to not get sick, right?

But I can’t tell you how many people come into my office a few days after getting a flu shot complaining about feeling the very same cold and flu symptoms they were trying to avoid!

Secondly, it’s important to understand that the flu shot is only designed to immunize you to 4-6 strains of flu virus. Out of the literally hundreds of flu virus strains going around at any one time, the CDC chooses a few of them that they think will be the worst ones that season.

So even if you believe that the flu shot works, there are still hundreds of other strains of flu virus that can still get you.

Thirdly, take a look at the list of ingredients in a typical flu shot:

Ethylene glycol = antifreeze. I’m not a car.

Phenol (aka: carbolic acid) = disinfectant. I’m not counter top that needs to be sanitized.

Aluminum = associated with Alzheimer’s disease, seizures and causes cancer in laboratory mice. None for me thanks.

Thimerosal = a mercury disinfectant/preservative that can cause brain injury and autoimmune disease. I’ll risk my mercury exposure with more sushi, thank you very much.

Formaldehyde = preservative and a known cancer-causing agent. I’m not a corpse that needs to be embalmed…yet! But I might be one if I get this shot!

Also, vaccines are grown in the laboratory through the use of chicken embryos, monkey kidney tissue, embryonic guinea pig cells, calf serum, and even the dissected organs of aborted human fetuses.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of that crap in my body!

How could your immune system possibly function well enough to fight off cold and flu bugs with all of those toxic pollutants floating around in your bloodstream?

Why not give your immune system what it needs to do its job and keep you healthy naturally?

Keeping your immune system healthy so that you’re bulletproof through the cold and flu season isn’t rocket science. You just need to stay rested, eat well, exercise your body and drink plenty of water. You can do that can’t you?

And if you find yourself in your doctor’s office and you’re not sure if you want to get the annual flu shot this time, ask your doctor to read you the insert that comes with the vaccine. Then have him/her tell you what the possible side effects of getting the flu shot are and what symptoms to look out for. Ask your doctor why they think it’s a good idea to inject your body with toxic chemicals and how that will help your immune system function better than it is now.

Chances are you’ll here the typical fall back explanations:

“These side effects are really rare.” Oh yeah, well what if it happens to you?

“It’s important for you to get immunized so you don’t pass it on to someone else.” Really? Well if immunizations “work”, then your unvaccinated body isn’t a threat to anyone else who has been vaccinated.

“If you don’t get the flu shot, you run the risk of getting very, very sick, possibly even dying.” Really? Death from the flu? OK, it does happen, but the only people that die from the flu are people that are already severely immune compromised AND severely neglect themselves. Proper hydration and simple health care support would eliminate such risk. Take your fear tactics somewhere else, doc!

When it comes right down to it, you have a choice. Choose wisely.

I have never gotten the flu shot and I haven’t missed more than one day of work from being sick for over 10 years.

And I’m exposed to virus and bacteria all the time because people come to me when they’re sick to get better. If the Germ Theory were true, I’d be sick all the time.

But the fact is, I’m not. I want you to come in and get adjusted when you’re feeling sick because clearing out your Nervous System allows your immune system to function properly. Then your body can fight off what you’re coming down with more effectively.

“Oh, but Dr. Jay I don’t want to get you sick.”

Nonsense. I take care of my body through diet, exercise and managing my stress so my immune system is strong. Get in here and get on the table so you can get to feeling better!

What makes you sick: a strong bug or a weak immune system?

A stressed out immune system can’t fight off the virus or bacteria that are around you ALL THE TIME. That’s why you get sick.

Eat well, drink lots of water, move your body, get lots of rest and manage your stress.

Too simplistic? Pollyanna “Be Well” thinking?

Give it a try and see what happens. I’ve used these methods for years and I’m healthy.

And that’s why I never got a flu shot when they came into vogue years ago and that’s why I will never get one.

What will you do?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria Meyers October 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I am barely what you could even call “healthy” but I never get sick, because for the last several years I have left behind soda, chemical sweeteners, artificial ingredients and preservatives and I boost my vitamin D intake as well. I bought into the sick-care system until they nearly killed me, now I’m on a mission for my health. 

Dr. Jay Warren October 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Great job, Victoria. Eliminating all of that toxic crud from your diet will have a profound change on your health for years! Happy to hear you’re in the “Health Care System” now!

Alissa October 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’m curious…do you believe in getting childhood immunizations?

Dr. Jay Warren October 30, 2011 at 2:26 am

Alissa, I believe in doing everything possible to support the health of a baby’s immune system so that their body can fight off infections on it’s own, as it’s naturally designed to. The toxic elements alone are reason enough to question whether an immunization is helping or hurting the immune system.

What do you think about them?

Cathy Mishkin Bliss October 30, 2011 at 1:12 am

Great job Dr Jay, I totally agree

Krissy November 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I had a flu shot on Weds, 26th of October. That night,
(about 4 hours) after receiving he flu shot I began to feel bad. It began with
a burning sensation vaginally and progressed over the last couple of days into
a burning sensation thought out my body. When if first occurred I thought it
was a yeast infection. The doctor prescribed diflucan on Friday. The day after
taking the diflucan I felt better. Then that on Saturday as the diflucan wore
off the burning and pain in the abdomen came back with a vengeance. The doctor
sent more diflucan and it caused even more pain and swelling in the upper right
abdominal cavity. I’ve discontinued the difulcan and feel a bit better as the
burning and pain have subsided. I think I’m recovering now but after I Googled “flu
shot side effects” I found your website and am wondering if all this could have
been an allergic reaction to the flu shot. I should say here that I’ve had a
complete “Whipple” with and accompanying Roux-n-Y.

Dr. Jay Warren November 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the problems you’ve been experiencing. A great resource about vaccine information is the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/ and on their site they have another resource that might help you called MedAlerts http://www.medalerts.org/ which is a searchable database on vaccines and vaccine reactions. Hope this helps you and I hope you continue to feel better.

Alex Giassa December 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I haven’t gotten a flu shot in over 10 years. I haven’t had the flu since I stopped working in NYC in buildings with recycled air and commuting on buses full of sick and illmannered  people who wouldn’t cover their sneezes and coughs. So happy I’m not doing that anymore.

angelica hernandez March 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

I definitely agree with keeping your immune system strong. However, immunization is a valid an important tool. This year, the flu vaccine protected against the H3N2 strain of influenza. Everyone that medically reproted getting the flu in canada was infected with the H3N2 strain. Therefore, if you had taken the flu shot, you would have been very, very unlikely to get the flu. In addition, the vaccine introduces dead, inactive flu particles, they cannot infect you at all. What your body uses are the proteins in the surface of the virus and learns the best way to fight off that virus once you are naturally infected by it.

When it comes to the people who still got infected a few days after being vaccinated had probably been infected before being vaccinated. Keep in mind there is an incubation period of about a week before you start feeling symptoms of infection, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective. That is why it is recommended you get vaccinated before flu season begins.

Finally, vaccines are produced using eggs. So basically you have some solvents, eggs, and dead virus for the most part. The contents of the vaccine will only affect your body negatively if you are allergic to egg products, and in that case there are alternative vaccines available for you.

Vaccination is meant to try to prevent the spread of the virus and thus make it so the virus has no where to go. This is known as “herd immunity” and can only be achieved if the great majority of people get vaccinated.

Just wanted to clarify these things.

LOLOLOLOLOL January 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

“If germ theory were true”? You are questioning that?

Dr. Jay Warren January 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Yes, I question the Germ Theory. If it were true 100% of the time that germs cause disease, then they would call it the Germ Law. The fact is, a bacteria or virus can only cause dis-ease in the body if the immune system is not strong enough to fight it off. So the presence of a germ in the body does not necessarily CAUSE disease in the body. It can, if the body’s defenses are weakened. Stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor nutrition and poor hygiene all throw the body out of balance and make it prone to developing disease. That is what I mean by “if the Germ Theory were true…” How do you think of the Germ Theory and how it relates to sickness and disease?

Kathleen January 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

“If the Germ Theory were true?” Wow- a doctor who does not believe in germ theory? Thanks but I think I’ll pass on whatever it is you’re selling.

Dr. Jay Warren January 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Yes, I am a doctor that doesn’t believe the Germ Theory is true 100% of the time. I don’t believe that germs CAUSE disease each and every time a person is exposed to them. A bacteria or virus can only cause disease in the body if the immune system is weakened and cannot fight it off. Stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, poor hydration and poor hygiene all throw the body out of balance and can make it susceptible to sickness and disease. But if a person is healthy and their defenses are strong, then a germ will not make that person sick.

googlyboy August 31, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Dr. Jay, could someone (perhaps) share an unknown statistic: how many people who don’t get a flu shot don’t get the flu? I guess the problem is that no one tracks that data because the non-patients don’t report a non event. But regardless, any time someone reports a vaccine as being 61% effective (the CDC estimate) that also means it’s 39% ineffective. Pretty useless, if you ask me. I’d rather take care of myself by eating right, exercising, washing my hands, and staying well hydrated!

Patrick Dolan December 10, 2014 at 1:47 am

I’ve refused going to the doctor for anything since I was 16. Let me say we were always sick every year growing up. I don’t take cold medicine or flu shots. As a result I get nothing more than a runny nose and sore throat maybe 2 days out of the year. Nothing vitamin C and honey and cinnamon can’t fix right up. Every one in my family is always sick still. I can be around them or even kiss my sick as a dog girlfriend and never catch anything. I’m wondering if part of getting sick deals with the mind and worrying about it? I’m a believer in placebos and mind over matter too. I think be living in won’t get sick plays a role in this. I think alot of pharmaceutical drugs are maybe holding back or could hold back natural evolution over time. We change and adapt like any other species but allowing our bodies to become so reliant on drugs could prevent our immunity from evolving in my opinion. I fear a germ free world where something like the common cold cold wipe out a population. You need to be exposed to things and let your body do what it was made to do.

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