Epidemic Levels: Tens of Thousands Infected as this Year’s Flu Vaccine Totally Ineffective

The 2017-2018 flu season has shown to be particularly nasty this year — in part, they believe, because of a less effective vaccine. Each month, flu cases have multiplied and the CDC has already warned this year’s flu will be worst than the last. To date, 36 states are showing widespread influenza levels and many believe this season could easily reach epidemic levels.

Headlines across the country are indicative of epidemic fears

An Ineffective Flu Shot Has Led to Health Concerns

The results of tests performed by public health laboratories, as well as the age group distribution of influenza positive tests, during the current week are summarized below.

Week 50 Data Cumulative since
October 1, 2017 (Week 40)
No. of specimens tested 1,623 15,994
No. of positive specimens* 795 5,046
Positive specimens by type/subtype
    Influenza A 689 (86.7%) 4,387 (86.9%)
    A(H1N1)pmd09 58 (8.4%) 366 (8.3%)
    H3N2 611 (88.7%) 3,965 (90.4%)
    Subtyping not performed 20 (2.9%) 56 (1.3%)
    Influenza B 106 (13.3%) 659 (13.1%)
     Yamagata lineage 75 (70.8%) 438 (66.5%)
     Victoria lineage 10 (9.4%) 39 (5.9%)
      Lineage not performed 21 (19.8%) 182 (27.6%)

*The percent of specimens testing positive for influenza is not reported because public health laboratories often receive samples that have already tested positive for influenza at a clinical laboratory and therefore percent positive would not be a valid indicator of influenza activity. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/overview.htm.

Influenza A has been the more predominant strain this year and is known to cause more severe symptoms. On average in the United States, this strain can kill between 4,000-60,000 people a year.

With the flu shot only mildly effective, many will not stand a chance at fighting off this powerful strain. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suspects the vaccine won’t work any better in the U.S. [than it did during Australia’s flu season] “It is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate,” Fauci and colleagues wrote in an article published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source)

The reason the 2017 shot isn’t preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain or Flu A is that the flu strain scientists were using to grow the virus mutated during the growing process. It’s not a harmful defect, but it means that the non-live strain of H3N2 influenza in the injection is slightly different than what’s actually circulating in the human population. This means that our bodies are not capable of fighting this flu strain off as easily.

This is not the first time the flu shot has been ineffective. In 2015, the UK experienced a sharp increase in flu cases. Only 3 out of every 100 vaccinated people were prevented from getting full-blown influenza, a situation that led to a large rise in the elderly winter death rate in the UK. In the same year, on the other side of the pond, the U.S. saw extreme flu cases leading the CDC to admit the flu shot did not work.

The same is being said for this year’s flu shot and we must stay aware of the symptoms and prepare accordingly.

The suddenness of symptoms is also what sets this flu apart from others. Experts indicate that with this flu, you are aware of the moment you begin coming down with symptoms rather than a gradual decline in health. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
    * It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Prepare for the Worst

While medical experts urge everyone to take their vitamins, get plenty of sleep, frequently wash their hands, and of course get the flu shot, there are some natural ways to amp up the body’s immune system with a flu-fighting arsenal.

Herbs and essential oils are considered mankind’s first medicine and it has been used throughout history for medical treatment. Using herbs can significantly reduce cold and flu-like symptoms.

In my home, we drink a lot of herbal teas with honey, lemon, ginger syrup added to it. As well, we include a lot of fresh vitamins from fruit and vegetables; and, if we are beginning to feel the onslaught of the flu, we begin taking a vitamin regimen of zinc and Vitamin D and spoonfuls of homemade elderberry syrup. As well, diet alterations can make a profound difference in boosting your body’s immunity.

Some foods that will provide you with optimum health are:

  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Fermented foods such as kombucha, kefir, yogurt, kimchi, etc.
  • Organic, pastured meats and eggs (including 100% grass-fed beef)
  • Healthy fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts.
  • Avoid sugar, especially refined sugars. Sugar weakens the immune system.  If you need sweeteners, use raw honey, maple syrup, & stevia.
  • Drinking teas high in antioxidants such as green tea can stimulate the production of immune cells.
  • Raw honey has antibacterial, antifungal, & antiviral properties (LOCAL raw honey is best, especially for allergies).
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar per day.
  • Eating nuts such as almonds have an immune-strengthening antioxidant.

Mushrooms are an untapped medicinal source that could help fend off the flu due to their high antioxidant content, anti-viral and antibiotic properties. With their high protein sources, they can be used as meat alternatives which would be easier on the body’s system, specifically our nervous systems. Over time, these health-enhancing properties synergize and build up in the body and improve health.

Bone broth is another way to boost your health and is one of the most healing of diet staples. This used to be a dietary staple with our ancestors as was fermented foods. It aids in digestion, contained easily absorbable minerals and is great for the immune system. Bone marrow helps the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body.

Turning toward natural remedies now will give you the knowledge and skills you need to keep your family well during this severe flu season. As well, consider learning ways to make homemade lozenges to soothe sore throats, or possessing basic knowledge on which herbs may be used to treat cold/flu symptoms. Further, knowing how to combine these together to make cold/flu syrups will only better your family’s chances at beating the cold/flu season when OTC medicines aren’t as readily available.

Stay well!


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30 Responses to Epidemic Levels: Tens of Thousands Infected as this Year’s Flu Vaccine Totally Ineffective

  1. MrPresident says:

    I disapprove this message. Please ignore and get your flu shot every year. Its for your own good.

    • rlhnkh says:

      Just who are you? Flu shots are about totally worthless but 100% effective in putting toxins into your body!

      • Padraigin Eagle says:

        Perhaps MrPresident was doing the (sarc) thing…

      • Consitutionalist says:

        Mercury, a toxic poison, is an inredient used in the shots. Anyone figure out yet the huge rise in mental illnesses corresponds to the increase in flu vaccines??? Ever hear the term “mad as a hatter”? They used to apply Mercury by hand to the brims of hats to hold their shape…

      • William Schmittmeyer says:

        By law if you request the manufacturers insert that comes with every vial it has to be given to you.It lists all possible side effects of the vaccine.I have a copy and it says; eye pain,chest pain,arthritis,dizziness,tremors,losing consciousness,convulsions,seizures,gullain Barre syndrome(polio),cranial nerve paralysis,limb paralysis,swelling of the brain(encephilitis),facial paralysis,blood and lymphatic disorders,gastro problems,influenza,vomiting,rash,immune problems,abnormal gait,allergic edema of the mouth and throat,anaphylaxis shock,laryngitis,infestations,infections,rhinitis,musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders,muscle weakness,cellulitis,psychiatric problems,vascular disorders,neurological disorders,dementia,alzheimers!

    • Muhammad Abbass says:

      Drink more diet coke old boy.

  2. Arrow says:

    Just say no.

  3. Billy Sharpshooter says:

    I have never had the flu vaccine. I have never had the flu. I might be lucky.
    But then again I have to be lucky. I have to work to pay the bills so hospitalisation brought on by a vaccine is not an option. You get me?

    • Patsy says:

      A got a flu shot only one time, and that’s the year I got a horrible case of flu! Never got a flu shot again, and have never got the flu again!

      • Eileen Kuch says:

        There were two separate times (8 years apart) wherein I received a flu shot and wound up with severe bronchitis in 1976 and bronchial pneumonia 8 years later.
        Vaccines are NOT innoculations; vaccines weaken the body’s immune system; innoculations do not. In addition, vaccines are tainted with all types of toxins, and innoculations aren’t.

    • CAaT says:

      I have had the flu twice in my life and both times were the year after I got the flu vaccine. Maybe coincidence but never again. I do not trust any vaccines period.

  4. ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ says:

    Never had a flu shot.
    Get the flu maybe twice in a decade. . . for 3 days. No more, no less. Even if the average run is 7-10 days or more.

    To paraphrase God George Carlin. . . my immune system has body armor and automatic weapons. . .

  5. Cynical Old Bastard says:

    Let them die. I’m completely serious.

    The last time I caught the Flu was 50 years ago. Since then I’ve been extraordinarily cautious around sick folks. I am completely ruthless in this. If a child even coughs around me at this time of the year I will make it leave my vicinity.

  6. BillyBob Sowbreath says:

    Never had a flu shot and NEVER will.

    Sure, there are always people who have weakened immune systems, but do the shots REALLY help them? My family certainly isn’t a model of health, but none of us get
    the flu shot. And while we do get sick from time to time, it’s ALWAYS around the time the brats go back to school. ALWAYS. Coincidence?

    The Wife and I are Grand parents now, so we’re not as exposed as we used to be when
    the kids were in school. Every single time they went back in the fall,
    Yep… one of us gets sick and spreads it down the line.

    Eat as best you can and limit or avoid the things that make you sick. No, I’m not saying to ditch your Grand kids for the flu season, but you can LIMIT the exposure. That’s what my family does and the kids completely understand. If they have a sniffle, they can’t come see Grammy and Grampy until they’re well (usually no more than a few days in most cases – kids immune systems are far healthier).

    And unlike some parents, we were fairly strict on hygiene, especially when school
    started. We EDUCATED our kids the best we could to wash thier hands, limit sharing items, don’t share clothing, etc, and KEEP THEM HOME when they did get sick.
    I think that’s most of the problem right there. Some parents send thier kids to school knowing full well they are sick. Luckily the schools are finally starting to recognize this and send the little germ-infestations home! .

    It’s really that simple folks. Since our family has been doing this, I can’t recall the last time one of us had the flu. We rarely get seriously ill anymore.

    OR.. How ’bout this:

    If I’m getting a flu shot.. then I want the SAME EXACT one the doctors and gooberment types are getting? Got trusted family or friends that are doctors? Ok.. Ask them if they get a flu shot and if it’s the SAME one they give all their patients?

    Yea, didn’t think so…

    John Q. Public is so dumbed-down today that the vial could be full of Hillary’s own feces and they’d shoot it in thier arms anyway simply because “They were told to get a flu shot”.

    Personally I’m SICK of the flu-shot propaganda. Health providers are always asking you about getting one and the signs and notices everywhere you go.. “GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY”, Hurry Hurry! They are everywhere from Wal-Fart to the corner
    drug store… As bad as Christmas decorations in July….

  7. emmanuelozon says:

    Boy, so many cases of “influenza”. I have read that there were over 15,000 deaths (last year statistics are available) due to “influenza and influenza related diseases”.

    But when “influenza related diseases” are removed we find that a mere 497 people actually died from influenza. 497 out of 320,000,000, or .0000155% of the population.

    Wonder how many of those 497 deaths received a flu shot?

  8. John C Carleton says:

    Flue shots are for the sheep.

  9. David Turco says:

    As usual none of this makes any sense. The unnamed scientists grow Flu A in the lab and what every single cell mutated? Did theyall mutate in the same way? yet the H3N2 strain running around the world hasn’t mutated. What a bunch of crap.

  10. Patsy says:

    They forgot garlic as an immune booster. Eat lots of garlic in winter to avid colds & flu!

  11. Padraigin Eagle says:

    Copy edit, misinformation follows like a fool, disinformation, their golden tool: “Epidemic Levels: Tens of Thousands Infected with something, geoengineered weather will do that to you (see below), as this Year’s Flu Vaccine Totally Ineffective, no different to every year previous, flu vaccines a snake-oil scam of the shekel clan”.

    CDC = Schlenter for Disease Cons

    https: // jonrappoport. wordpress. com/2017/12/27/the-great-virus-hoax-in-modern-medicine/

    https: // jonrappoport. wordpress. com/2014/09/29/history-proves-vaccines-are-quite-safe-really/

    http: // www. geoengineeringwatch. org/geoengineering-watch-global-alert-news-december-30-2017-125/

  12. Muhammad Abbass says:

    I’ve not had influenza since I was 19 years old. I’m 54 today.
    Take plenty of vit C and garlic and also balance of other vitamins and minerals and eat unprocessed foods. Never had any flu vaccine, even with a year in jail surrounded by the worst risk factors, I was the only inmate who refused and still I got nothing. Plenty of the vaccinated got flu though.

    • CAaT says:

      Lots of people do not know that high dose Vit C can cause kidney stones. Took five of them before I figured that one out. Quit Vit C and have not had one since.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ says:

        Ascorbic acid, or sodium ascorbate?

      • William Schmittmeyer says:

        Sodium Ascorbate is natural vitamin C. Ascorbic acid is synthetic as folic acid is is synthetic you want folate.Cyonocobalin(vit.b-12 ) is also poison and synthetic you want methylcobalin.All cheap vitamins sold at the drug stores are synthetic containing stearates which cause heart palpitations.Stearates whether magnesium or vegetable are used in the process of vitamin production so the machines do not clog, THE BEST VITAMIN COMPANY IS GARDEN OF LIFE NO SYNTHETICS,NO STEARATES ONLY NATURAL FOODS.

  13. CAaT says:

    How come Cannabis is not on the list of must haves for illness. You do NOT feel high when you have a flu or cold and smoke Marijuana as a treatment for it. Sounds strange but it’s 100% true and the reason it is true is because the cold or flu already has your head twisted in knots. It’s like getting out of the pool and into the shower. You don;t feel more wet by getting into the shower.

    Cannabis will not make you feel like your not sick. It will however cut down the body aches, chills, headachs, nausea as well as allow you to sleep better, eat and drink loads of water. Flu vaccines are stupid without exception.

    May favorite combo for fighting sickness is Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup, Saltine crackers and half an ounce of high potency Cannabis. You cannot go wrong with this.

  14. Grace by Faith says:

    Do people really still believe that magically every year, like clockwork, these new strains just appear out of nowhere? Do these viruses have one year expiration dates? They are new strains, meaning newly created by labs and released into the public.

  15. Daniel Scott says:

    My favorite disclaimer is how they claim that it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

    I don’t get the flu shot and, while I caught the flu itself this year, I’m about over it and those who I know who did get the shot have been much worse off. One got sick immediately after getting the shot, and his case of the flu is much worse now.

  16. Wm Reich says:

    Always consult a Physician first of course,,,,

    The below worked for me and a few friends.. your mileage may vary..

    Pre cold/flu Get some fresh Garlic in your diet (not the dried powdered Chinese stuff that smells like bleach) you have to be cautious as in sufficient quantity to keep colds and flu at bay .. will keep people at bay as well (unless their Korean) , lol

    Before you get sick try the below recipe to see how you tolerate it.. Like any food it is not for everyone.

    Kim chi… Plenty of it.. (you will need to stock up in advance) Chicken Noodle Soup (Asian Style) with dried red pepper added cautiously to the point where it is strong but still palatable..

    At first sniffle …. Go to it.

    My theory is that it changes the PH in the blood stream creating a Hostile Environment to the viruses when taken in sufficient quantity and duration,,

    A more practical explanation of what happens next…..

    You will think you are sweating, you are not. What is actually happening…Little South Korean Marines with fixed bayonets are hunting down the the Flu or Cold Viruses who like the NKPA are fleeing in terror from your body.. (Smile)

    That sort of work makes them thirsty so drink lots of fresh clean water and get sufficient rest.

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