Is receiving a flu shot during pregnancy safe or effective?
No studies have never been performed to show that receiving a flu shot while pregant is safe. Yet, flu shots during pregnancy are recommended. Research has shown a correlation between flu shots and fetal loss as well as neurological damage. A study Influenza Vaccination in the First Trimester of Pregnancy and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder reported a statistically significant association between the administration of the maternal influenza vaccine in the first trimester of pregnancy and the incidence of autism spectrum disorder.
Determining that something is “safe” in pregnancy is like saying that because individuals don’t have car accidents on passage from point A to B, that riding in a vehicle is safer than walking. For ethical reasons, pharmaceutical products cannot be studied in a randomized manner in pregnancy, severely limiting our ability to look at short or long-term outcomes. The surprising news is that vaccines, the pharmaceutical product in question, have never been studied in a truly placebo controlled manner, in single, or multiple deliveries, and not for long-term outcomes, even in a general population.
The flu vaccine is prepared with egg proteins and associated unidentified viral DNA from this animal tissue, the allergen gelatin, polysorbate 80 which crosses the blood brain barrier, the carcinogen formaldehyde, sucrose, resin, the antibiotic gentamycin, and thimerosol/mercury. Doctors often recommend pregnant women stay away from certain fish because of mercury yet do not appear to bat an eye at recommending a mercury filled vaccine. Mercury-containing vaccines are offered to pregnant women despite recent evidence which linked vaccine-related exposure to autism spectrum disorders.
In a breathtaking paper entitled, Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons: Was there a synergistic fetal toxicity associated with the two-vaccine 2009/2010 season? Goldman does what we would hope our impartial governing medical bodies might have. He assesses the shortcomings of our passive reporting system – the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – and uses validated statistical methodology to confirm the danger associated with multiple vaccines in pregnancy. “It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women or can affect reproduction capacity." Goldman, the researcher and author of the aforementioned study, determined the following:
Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and still birth rates determined to be proximally associated to vaccine delivery were analyzed by Moro et al for the flu seasons of 1990-2009 finding 1.9/million or an average incidence of 1.2 per year.
From this average to the first 5 months of the 2009/10 season in which women were recommended to receive both the typical flu vaccine and the H1N1, there were 57/million fetal losses reported.
Using a capture-recapture statistical tool that allows for researchers to control for the inherent limitations of a reporting system, 174 cases from VAERS and 67 cases from NCOW were pooled to identify an ascertainment-corrected rate of 1/1695 (590/million). This adjustment reflects the fact that VAERS is a gross underestimation of the actual incidence of adverse events – in this case representing only 13% of the vaccine-related fetal losses.
To top it all off there was a reported increase of fetal demise by 4250% following flu shot injections.
Is the shot effective? An analysis of 50 studies (15 of which were industry funded) demonstrated that in the likely event that the included strains did not match circulating virus, there was a 2% incidence of presumed influenza in the unvaccinated population as opposed to a 1% incidence in the vaccinated. There was no effect of vaccination on hospitalizations for complications. This review also acknowledges an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (autoimmune paralysis) associated with vaccination.
A Canadian study found that subjects who had received the regular trivalent influenza vaccine the previous season were more susceptible to subsequently contracting the pandemic H1N1 in 2009/2010.