Survival Health—Reasons Not to Get a Flu Shot and What to do Instead

Why should you risk taking the seasonal flu vaccine?

For years researchers have warned that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses. They are then more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.

Some points to consider…

  • Did you know that most seasonal influenza virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu?
  • You’ve probably observed that any time there’s concern over some new virus–flu or otherwise–the news media is irresponsible in stirring up unfounded fear over flu season.
  • What’s more, public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. They’re not going to tell you to do anything that goes contrary to the wishes of the multinational pharmaceutical companies.
  • Did you know that in 1993 a deadly flu outbreak killed thousands of nursing home patients? That’s the first year flu shots were covered by Medicare…Things that make you go, “Hmmm.”)
  • If your children are given flu shots at school, will you be asked to give permission? If they’re given a flu vaccine via nasal spray, there could be virus shedding, meaning other members of your family could get the virus. What a clever way to spread the disease, all in the guise of preventing it. Doesn’t this make another good case for home schooling your children?

Here are some simple, practical things you can do to minimize risk of getting the flu.

Build your immune system. Several in the alternative or health field recommend taking vitamin D and C, and perhaps other supplements such as zinc and selenium. There are also homeopathic remedies with documented proof of their effectiveness against the flu. You can find immune building products from companies featured on the Health & Nutrition page in the Prep Mart.

Carry hand sanitizer with you wherever you go in public. Never mind if people think you’re a neat freak like Detective Monk on TV reruns. You’re trying to stay well.

Incidentally, my wife and I saw a bottle of hand sanitizer near the entrance as we entered a buffet restaurant. We don’t eat out much, so maybe other restaurants are doing the same and we haven’t noticed. But somebody’s concerned about not passing something along.

Get in the habit of doing nasal washes. Nasopure offers a simple effective system for washing your nose daily to get rid of allergens and other nasties that could make you sick. Find them at

Don’t fear not taking a flu shot. There are no guarantees that you won’t get the flu, but you’ll live through it better if you don’t take the shot. Don’t worry about the notion that pre-existing conditions will make you more vulnerable to the flu. If you know anything about the vaccine and its effects, wouldn’t you rather take your chances without it? I certainly would.

Just say No. When swine flu was all the rage, I saw stories about health and rescue workers being pressured into taking the vaccine for it. I realize just saying “No” to the shot won’t be easy if you’re one of those under the gun in a similar situation.

To look into this further, get Dr. Tenpenny’s book, Saying No to Vaccines, on how to legally turn down vaccines.

Remember, think survival.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “Survival Health—Reasons Not to Get a Flu Shot and What to do Instead”

  1. Apparently. I am a survivor… I have had H1N1 and lived to tell the story. Since I have chronic asthma, I have been “worried sick” about getting the flu. It was not as bad as it has been touted. The headache and the muscle aches (arms and legs mostly) were the worst part. It started with chills the first day. If I hadn’t gone ahead and eaten a normal meal when I knew that I was not feeling well, there wouldn’t have been much nausea. There was a few hours of 102* fever; but, munching on a few ice chips kept away dehydration. Chicken soup, crackers, and resting for about 3 days afterward was my “cure”. I was quite prepared to run to the ER if, at any point,I was unable to use my inhalers on my normally prescribed schedule. H1N1 can be deadly, just as any other disease or event can be; but, rational thinking and common sense can go a long way. Perhaps just getting a pneumonia shot, which is good for 5 years, would be a better idea than getting the much hyped swine flu shots that are being glorified by the media and the government. Let Us Survive!

  2. Nancy, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m glad you’re alive to tell us about it, and I hope others will find it instructive.

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