This is my pediatrician's stance on the flu shot.
The flu season and the unusual occurrence of so much flu illness in the summer has brought a lot of issues to the forefront. Pandemic preparation, health dept. preparation, and the media blitz while necessary and helpful, they create a level of anxiety that is not always so helpful.
I want you to know how grateful I am to have patients who maintain their focus and realistically evaluate their risk and alternatives. I will have the flu vaccine in the next 10 days and the H1N1 when it is released for anyone in a high risk group especially those with a chronic medical condition.
I just want to
share some observations that relate to flu and viruses in general to help you
make a decision, I hope, about getting the vaccines for your children. While
all viruses are obviously infectious I think it is likely that because they are
DNA/RNA they can be released out of our own cell structure under certain
stresses. Herpes viruses like cold sores release sporadically. Chronic mono
becomes active disease like chronic fatigue syndrome when the EBV virus is
activated. Different stresses seem to activate and even cause new viruses.
Getting chilled causes some to catch a cold .Sleeplessness decreases our immune
strength, etc. In the past viruses seemed to have a season of increased
activity, indicating weather plays one part in allowing a virus to take hold.
Chicken pox and hand, foot and mouth disease used to be spring viruses.
Diarrheal disease was mostly in the summer; cold and flu viruses were mostly
winter viruses. With weather patterns changing things are shifting and flu
appeared more this spring and summer than usual. I think we probably had H1N1
as early as April and May before reports of spread from
I know it’s a small number but some people who get the flu vaccine get a bad reaction. This actually follows the homeopathic principal-if the vaccine is too strong or concentrated for some they get flu symptoms. Some of these reactions have been very significant with a downturn in a patient’s health for some time. Again this is a small percentage but I’m just uncomfortable recommending something when I can’t predict who it might affect adversely. If there were no other alternative it would be different.
With these latest
outbreaks of regular and H1N1 flu, homeopathy has been just as effective as in
the past. So, I feel homeopathy is still a viable safer alternative. Just like
the standard flu vaccine not being perfect, neither is homeopathy, but at least
it doesn’t cause any problems and it still works very well most of the time. I
heard a tv interview with a man from the village in
Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy made from a patient who had the flu-the same idea as the regular vaccine but made homeopathically. So, you could proactively give it or Influenzinum(another brand of the same idea)1/wk or every other week at the beginning of the season and maybe 2/wk if there is a lot of exposure like at school or day care. Some people feel given 2/day during a case of the flu it helps get rid of it as well. Also keep on hand the above remedies. They can be used to treat according to the specific symptoms (see attachment).If you know from me if there is a remedy that seems to be helping the most with current active cases you can help prevent them by using those remedies in a 200c 1-2/wk.Remember Oscillococcinum dose is 15-20 pellets not the whole vial and remedies can be obtained at your health food store or NE Homeopathic at 1-800-551-3611.
Hope this is helpful---Dr.K
I can't see chasing something down that I'm still not sure about. I am giving the whole family Oscillococcinum once a week.