A friend recently had the flu for six days. She returned to her job, still feeling horrible, her voice raspy and weak. It turned out that she had acquired Strep Throat. That's not the first time this year, or other years that I have heard that sequence, FLU then BACTERIAL infection....but, this year seems particularly worrisome. Getting the flu, a virus, often means that your body will be a magnet to bacterial infections. In fact, many of the severe aspects of the flu, including death, often are caused by bacteria . I have a daughter with both autism and the autoimmune disorder called PANDAS/PANS , so I do a lot of reading on both the science and the trends in diseases, as they both seem to play into our present-day situation. Bacterial and viral exposures can trigger a host of symptoms in Meg and the increasing numbers (1:200) of children and young adults also diagnosed. It is a challenge and often heartbreaking. For many, vaccination can also cause these symptoms.
So, my interest in the flu is due to her PANDAS/PANS exposure to it and the bacterial infections that then attach themselves. Here is some information on the flu and the vaccinations that CDC recommends. The live nasal vaccine has been again, dismissed by CDC, as not being effective and so it is NOT recommended. Anne Schuchat, MD, acting director of the CDC, had this to say recently about this flu season and the increasing numbers who are getting flu:
Schuchat said that while 76% of viruses being reported in the most recent data are influenza A (H3N2), there is no evidence that the virus has drifted, but that "viruses prepared for use in egg-based manufacturing make it less similar to H3N2 viruses."
The CDC estimates releasing interim vaccine effectiveness numbers in the next couple of weeks. When asked about a recent study from Canada estimating vaccine effectiveness at 17%, Schuchat said she was not surprised by this, and that she expected their result may be in the "same range," but it will depend on the mix of strains in the U.S.
Not good but what's even more odd is that the strain...H3N2.. is in many of the vaccines this year. There is a study saying the egg-based vaccines are the reason it is not effective but let's see what else the research shows. Here's a look at the flu vaccine choices this year :
TABLE 1. Influenza vaccines — United States, 2017–18 influenza season*
---Inactivated influenza vaccines, quadrivalent (IIV4s), standard-dose†
1- Afluria Quadrivalent - Seqirus - Prefilled syringe or multi-dose vial with 24.5 Mercury (from thimerosal, µg/0.5 mL) per dose
2- Fluarix Quadrivalent - GlaxoSmithKline - Prefilled syringe
3- FluLaval Quadrivalent - ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec (distributed by GlaxoSmithKline) - Prefilled syringe or multi-dose vial with <25 Mercury (from thimerosal, µg/0.5 mL)
4- Fluzone Quadrivalent - Sanofi Pasteur -Prefilled syringe or multi-dose vial with 25 Mercury (from thimerosal, µg/0.5 mL)
---Inactivated influenza vaccine, quadrivalent (ccIIV4), standard-dose,† cell culture-based
5- Flucelvax Quadrivalent - Seqirus - Prefilled syringe or muli-dose vial with 25 Mercury (from thimerosal, µg/0.5 mL)
---Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, trivalent (IIV3), high-dose§
6- Inactivated Influenza Vaccine, trivalent (IIV3), high-dose§ - Sanofi Pasteur - Prefilled syringe.
---Recombinant Influenza Vaccine, quadrivalent (RIV4)¶
7- Flublok Quadrivalent - Protein Sciences - Prefilled syringe
---Recombinant Influenza Vaccine, trivalent (RIV3)
8- Flublok - Protein Sciences - Single dose vial
---Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine, quadrivalent (LAIV4)*** (not recommended for use during the 2017–18 season)
9- FluMist Quadrivalent - MedImmune - Single-dose prefilled intranasal sprayer
So there you have it. Anyone else notice there STILL is MERCURY in too many of those vaccines? An UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE of mercury is antibiotic resistance, thus the potential viral, then bacterial infection for many may make antibiotics NOT effective. Science also has found that early-life toxicant exposure could shift the microbial balance, potentially affecting both immune and microbiome development.
There are many different types of influenza vaccines but with so MANY RECIPES , how to know if effective prevention is happening, especially as flu seems so bad this year. It is important to see that UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES do happen, as this important one occurring from the past darling of the CDC, the nasal flu vaccine, FLUMIST, shows - Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine Enhances Colonization of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Mice. Some wonder if flu is not being spread by vaccination? This recent study does indeed show a connection to that possibility :
Self-reported vaccination for the current season was associated with a trend (P < 0.10) toward higher viral shedding in fine-aerosol samples; vaccination with both the current and previous year’s seasonal vaccines, however, was significantly associated with greater fine-aerosol shedding in unadjusted and adjusted models (P < 0.01). In adjusted models, we observed 6.3 (95% CI 1.9–21.5) times more aerosol shedding among cases with vaccination in the current and previous season compared with having no vaccination in those two seasons. Vaccination was not associated with coarse-aerosol or NP shedding (P > 0.10). The association of vaccination and shedding was significant for influenza A...
The association of current and prior year vaccination with increased shedding of influenza A might lead one to speculate that certain types of prior immunity promote lung inflammation, airway closure, and aerosol generation. This first observation of the phenomenon needs confirmation. If confirmed, this observation, together with recent literature suggesting reduced protection with annual vaccination, would have implications for influenza vaccination recommendations and policies.
Let's not forget what Schuchat said above: ...... 76% of viruses being reported in the most recent data are influenza A (H3N2).
I thought the article below was pertinent to this line of investigation. More and more researchers are asking hard questions about vaccines and coming to conclusions that often show a troubling effect. Are they "anti-vaccine" or are they scientists looking for answers to help ill patients? I applaud the seekers of truth, especially those who will not be silent knowing that either individual harm has happened or an UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE upon Mankind is occurring . I'm not sure that a "universal influenza vaccine" is the answer and if there are problems with that idea, I am hopeful that researchers will not be afraid to speak up and say so. Here's the article addressing that, too:
The most commonly used flu shots protect no more than 60% of people who receive them; some years, effectiveness plunges to as low as 10%. Given that a bad flu season can kill 50,000 people in the United States alone, "10% to 60% protection is better than nothing," says Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. "But it's a terribly inadequate vaccine for a serious public health threat." Now, researchers are striving to understand why it fails so often—and how to make a markedly better one.
They're questioning what was once received wisdom: that the vaccine fails when manufacturers, working months ahead of flu season, incorrectly guess which strains will end up spreading. And they're learning instead that the vaccine may falter even when the right strains were used to make it, perhaps because of how it is produced or quirks of individual immune systems. "It's much more complicated than we thought," Osterholm says. "I know less about influenza today than I did 10 years ago."
Other evidence suggests that repeated vaccinations can blunt the immune response to some HAs. "We don't understand enough about the effects … to make any recommendations right now," says Edward Belongia, an epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin, who led a recent meta-analysis.....
The BC Centre's Skowronski says many influenza researchers are hesitant to discuss problems with the vaccine "because they're afraid of being tainted with the antivaccine brush."
She says that's a mistake. "This immunization program has been predicated on assumptions on top of assumptions. Unless we have these discussions, we'll never have improved vaccine options. And I don't think it's antivaccine to want your vaccine program to be the best that it can be," she adds.
For any interested, here was a very recent study on flu and preventing it. It may be a good one, especially for right now:
ATLANTA—Lactic acid bacteria, commonly used as probiotics to improve digestive health, can offer protection against different subtypes of influenza A virus, resulting in reduced weight loss after virus infection and lower amounts of virus replication in the lungs, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
Influenza virus can cause severe respiratory disease in humans. Although vaccines for seasonal influenza viruses are readily available, influenza virus infections cause three to five million life-threatening illnesses and 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide during epidemics. Pandemic outbreaks and air transmission can rapidly cause severe disease and claim many more human lives worldwide. This occurs because current vaccines are effective only when vaccine strains and circulating influenza viruses are well matched......
,,,,,,,There are 18 different HA and 11 different NA subtype molecules identified, which indicates numerous HA and NA influenza virus combinations. As a result, it’s important to find ways to provide broad protection against influenza viruses, regardless of the virus strain.
Fermented vegetables and dairy products contain a variety of lactic acid bacteria, which have a number of health benefits in addition to being used as probiotics. Studies have found some lactic acid bacteria strains provide partial protection against bacterial infectious diseases, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, as well as cold and influenza viruses.
This study investigated the antiviral protective effects of a heat-killed strain of lactic acid bacteria, Lactobacillus casei DK128 (DK128), a promising probiotic isolated from fermented vegetables, on influenza viruses.
We found that pretreating the mice with heat-killed Lactobacillus casei DK128 bacteria made them resistant to lethal primary and secondary influenza A virus infection and protected them against weight loss and mortality,”
Now that looks like a good recipe.