This time of year you can not run to the grocery store or Target without seeing an advertisement for a flu shot. Vaccines are a very personal issue so I am in no way trying to persuade someone who WANTS a flu shot to not get one. I just want to offer a bit of support for those who choose NOT to get vaccinated.
My children and I have never had a flu shot (Paul has because they were mandatory in the Air Force). I choose not to get the vaccine because we have healthy immune systems. I also am a bit paranoid about all of the immunizations given to young children so I don't want to add anything else to the mix. The first time I declined a flu shot for my children the doctor called me a bad mom and told me it would be my fault if my son died from flu complications. Nice. It is worth pointing out that Ben was only 4 months old at the time and the flu vaccine is not FDA approved for babies under 6 months. Needless to say we switched pediatricians.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition weighed in on the flu shot vs. no flu shot issue in the March 2010 issue. They reported a study out of Japan that suggests that adequate levels of vitamin D are 800% more effective at preventing influenza than flu shots. More studies are needed but appears to be promising information.
It makes me happy to know that taking vitamin D supplements can be so beneficial. Our immune systems are growing stronger by the day. We are avoiding the flu while still avoiding formaldehyde and thimerosal (flu shot inactive ingredients).