November 4, 2012
Senior Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Ken Flegel, advocates compulsory flu vaccination for all healthcare personnel, citing patient harm.
One of the first concepts anyone pursuing a career in medicine learns is primum non nocere, Latin for “first, do no harm. Flegel wrote on October 30th that because healthcare workers may contract the flu and spread it to patients, particularly those in fragile states or with compromised immune systems, “It is time that all people who work in a health care institution be vaccinated.”
By Flegel’s logic, everyone benefits from his idea. He claims that vaccines are effective and compulsory vaccination would mean fewer people are infected with the flu, medical institutions lose fewer man-hours from sick employees, and fewer patients in delicate conditions die.
His logic, however, is flawed and littered with benefits not to frail patients but to pharmaceutical companies.
Danger of Vaccines
Although the chances of developing the feared deadly nerve disease Guillain-Barre syndrome from a vaccine is about 1 in 100,000, there are multiple side-effects from flu shots that we’re better off without. In one example, a study published in the PLOS One Open Journal found that “systemic autoimmunity appears to be the inevitable consequence of over-stimulating the host’s immune ‘system’ by repeated immunization with antigen, to the levels that surpass system’s self-organize criticality.” In other words, vaccines stimulate autoimmune diseases.
In fact, the very composition of vaccines lends them to being as much toxic as they are ‘helpful.’ Dangerous amounts (“one hundred times the dose considered safe by the Federal Environmental Protection Guidelines for infants!”) of mercury, aluminum, or formaldehyde appear regularly in every dose as a preservative. These hardly set back Big Pharma, which continues to link arms with the government to push the likes of Gardasil on young girls—even after dozens of them have died.
Better Ways to Live Healthfully
If Flegel believes healthcare workers owe it to the history of medicine and to all medical patients, do no harm must be implemented—but not by pushing vaccines. (There’s a reason half of all healthcare personnel in Hong Kong refuse to get the jab.)
Instead, healthcare professionals must be held responsible for their own health. Anyone can cut the risk of developing the flu by—42 percent!—with even a low dose of vitamin D. Just fifteen minutes in the summer sun without sunscreen and vitamin D supplements in the sunless winter months could save every medical institution more money than proposed by Flegel. There are myriad other methods for flu prevention.
It’s our Choice
It’s important that flu vaccination remains a choice and that no one is bullied by the likes of Flegel or Big Pharma into being jabbed against their will. Here, you can learn how to avoid supposedly mandatory vaccination.
We’ll leave you with Flegel’s ominous suggestion:“To justify compulsory vaccination, there must be an outbreak of serious illness.”
This article first appeared at NaturalSociety, daily covering vaccine and health issues.