Post by Heather Leeann...
This is completely ironic, because I know at least three different children who have all been hospitalized in the past year with a pretty severe and "mysterious" staph infection...
Hang on to your hats, folks. IF YOUR CHILD HAS RECURRENT STREP INFECTIONS, YOU NEED TO READ THIS. And even if you are pro-vaccine all the way, please quietly pass this on. You may have friends whose children have recurrent strep infections.
Until today, I had thought that if you HAD to get a flu vaccine (like, if you work for a hospital and you were given the choice of getting vaccinated or getting fired, and you couldn't afford to lose your job), then the best option would be the FluMist nasal vaccine, which contains no thimerosal, no aluminum, and your immune system "meets" it the way it was actually designed to do so--through the nasal passages first (as opposed to being injected into your muscle tissue, going straight to blood stream from there, bypassing the crucial intestinal immune response).
This study, from last year, found that Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine, or LAIV (what we call "FluMist") reverses normal bacterial clearance from the nasopharynx and significantly increases bacterial carriage densities of both Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
In other words, FluMist encourages colonization of strep and staph in the upper respiratory system, which is then shed in the community--for up to a year.
This, while both staph and strep infections have been on the rise, while both have developed drug-resistant mutations, and why so many individuals have recurrent infections.
"Following infection with an influenza virus, infected or recently recovered individuals become transiently susceptible to excess bacterial infections, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Indeed, in the absence of preexisting comorbidities, bacterial infections are a leading cause of severe disease during influenza epidemics."
(Gee. Wonder why.)
"Live attenuated viral vaccines may have unintended consequences on important human bacterial pathogens unrelated to the vaccine target species."
In other words, VACCINES MAY HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, which health officials completely ignore as they continue to scold us with "vaccines are safe! and effective!"