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Can Flu Shots Cause Respiratory Infections? – A Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study


I am not here to tell you whether you need to take a flu shot or not, I am simply going to tell you my experience. Although I was vaccinated as a little kid, growing up I didn’t take flu shots. I only caught the flu once in my life, it was awful and I was in bed for a few days, but that was it!

A few ago years my father wanted to get a flu shot following his doctor’s recommendation. I thought it is not gonna hurt, maybe I should too. However, I spent that winter going through several semi-colds if I can call it that. I would feel weak, runny nose and teary eyes, sometimes a little fever. At first, I didn’t think that it was related to the flu shot, but a couple years later I had to take the flu shot again, and I got the same bad winter. That was it for me, no more flu shots.


Read more about this in the link below.

A Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study 

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  • October 9, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Never had a flu shot, never will.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I got it once. I was sick from November til February. It hurt til March and I had lump there til about May/June.

    • October 10, 2017 at 12:52 am

      I was guilt tripped by my boss into getting it ONCE in 2003. I was sick for over 2 months. I thought I was gonna die. I have NEVER gotten one since. It was so bad.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:36 am

    One time and I was sick for over a month.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Always get…no side affects..no flu

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:40 am

    absolutely not! Never get sick.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Never get them . Poisonous

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Just the flu

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I refuse to get one.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Our entire family gets them…no problems.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:01 am


  • October 9, 2017 at 2:01 am

    “The utter absurdity of vaccination ‘science’ is revealed in this study.” <--This line right here.. that just invalidated the entire article. I get the flu shot, it's hit or miss if it works because influenza is a well known evolving virus strain. Sometimes it evolves a new component to it after they've guessed which variety will be out.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Absolutely not. Everyone I’ve known that’s received one has gotten sick. The flu shot a person receives is last year’s strain so they are pretty much useless anyway.

    • October 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

      yup.. fucking this up

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      EVERYONE you know who got the shot has gotten sick? That can’t possibly be true. I’ve never even heard of one case of that in my own life.

    • October 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Yes, everyone. Last year 8 to 10 of my close friends got flu shots, everyone of them got the flu. I didn’t. I haven’t had a flu shot since I was a kid. Never got the flu once since.

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      He only knows 2 people that’s why

    • October 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Obviously Adrian can’t read.

    • October 10, 2017 at 4:11 am

      OK, well, it takes about 2 weeks for immunity to be conferred, so if you are exposed to someone with flu (even if you didn’t notice) within 2 weeks of vaccination, you may not be completely protected yet.

    • October 10, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Peter Wesley they don’t even inject live virus!!!

    • October 10, 2017 at 11:34 am

      There has to be some live virus for the body to form antibodies to it. If they’re all dead your body won’t make them.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Every year and only been sick twice in last 10 years

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:10 am

    No way in hell would I ever get one! They could literally be injecting you with anything!

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Always have flu shots. Never get side effects

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:16 am

    NOPE! Never will either.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Gotten extremely ill with respiratory symptoms within 48 hours of everyone I’ve ever had.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Had flu shot twice. First time I got the flu from the shot. S3cvond time I had a miscarriage. Will never take it again. Only had flu once outside of f lu shot. I will take my chances

    • October 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

      yup.. fucking this up

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      You can’t get the flu from the flu shot. It doesn’t have the flu virus in it. Unfortunately some of the more severe side effects resemble flu symptoms, thus it is a common misconception that the flu shot gives people the flu.

    • October 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Actually it does have the live flu in it ergo why the protein is in the shot to grow it but there’s fermaldhide or how ever you spell it to counteract the flu thus you do not get the flu from the shot…look up flu shot ingredients…

    • October 10, 2017 at 1:21 am

      The injected influenza vaccine does not contain live virus so cannot cause influenza

    • October 10, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Oh it must have been my imagination then. So sorry. Flu vaccine does contain flu virus but it is dead. Keri ankersen it must contain the flu virus to vaccinate people. I’d it doesn’t then how does it work. SMH

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Lots of tin foil hats out here…vaccines are good, pseudo-science and perception based decision making, bad.

    • October 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Enjoy your vaccination.

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      I, like Brenda Isaac, choose a vaccine over dying from a preventable disease. I also choose vaccines so I am less likely to be a carrier to someone with a weakened immune system.

    • October 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      Actually you will be the carrier as the Flu vaccine “sheds” for 21 days.

    • October 10, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Crystal Kinard Flu mist yes, inactive shots, no.

    • October 10, 2017 at 2:09 am

      it’s been stated “IF you get the flu shot,you get a 42% chance of getting the flu. So,from 50/50 odds, this is not such a great improvement.I’ve personally experienced getting “dud” shots of the basic immunizations,and had to redo the whole damn series,ALL of them! and the chicken pox shot,1 year in our area, the only kids who got the pox,were the immunized ones.So,how great do these work?!? not so good!

    • October 10, 2017 at 4:05 am

      Crystal Kinard FluMist (the live intranasal vaccine) is not recommended this year, so that is not applicable this season.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:30 am

    75% of people who get the flu are asymptomatic. You could have it and not know it and pass it on to people who are immunocompromised or allergic to vaccine components. Herd immunity only works when most people participate.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I don’t do flu shots. Last one I got I ended up quite ill with, you guessed it, the flu.

    • October 10, 2017 at 12:53 am

      Same. Got one in 2003, sick for 2 months. Never. Again.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I got one once. Never will again bc I started choking and coughing within about a minute. I have never had allergies to anything but apparently the flu shot doesn’t agree with me.

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Probably the mercury

    • October 10, 2017 at 4:12 am

      It is preservative free so there is no mercury

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I get them every year and never had a problem. Have not had the flu in ten years or so.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:45 am

    I get it, my husband gets it and our 2 boys get one. Never have gotten sick from it. And last year was the only year one of us has gotten the flu, and it turned out to be a strain not covered by the shot.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Get one every year without any side effects at all.

    • October 9, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      I’ve never had one and I never get the flu.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Haven’t had one; never will.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Have gotten them for years. No side effects.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Every year! No side effects ever. 🙂

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:07 am

    Debbie Christensen

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:15 am

    My sis got one 3 years ago and she nearly died. I used to get one every year…no more!

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Nope. It is not an exact science. They guess every year and sometimes get it wrong, like the Swine Flu of ’76/’77. You have no idea what is in it. I do not get the flu and believe in your body creating its own immune defenses. 75% asymptomatic is a bunch of crap the CDC wants you to believe, as they are tied in with big Pharma and are all about control and profit.

    • October 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

      yup.. fucking this up

    • October 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I would worry about all the people you expose and possibly kill because you did not get a flu shot very selfish

    • October 10, 2017 at 3:55 am

      You can NOT get the flu from the flu vaccine. It is a “killed” vaccine. It’s fine if you don’t want to get the vaccine, but you definitely do not want to get flu!

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:25 am

    You obviously never experience a true “knock you off your feet, bone breaking, headache so bad you want to die influenza like the Hong Kong flu. I will take my chance of less than 100% efficacy. Besides the flu shot cannot give you the flu. It’s dead.

    • October 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Thats not entirely correct, though a shot does not give you the flu, i agree, its less than 30% effective given the strain and mutation ablility. Flu vaccine have ” inactivated” virus thus not infectious. Most commen side effects include soreness and redness , swelling at injection site. Low grade fever, headaches and muscle aches that can occur can be miss leading in thinking the individual has the flu because they just assume. However i wish no sickness on anyone. I always order non preservative flu shots.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:43 am

    c. I get it. No side effects. When I don’t get it, I get sick.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:54 am


  • October 9, 2017 at 3:55 am

    For the record, viruses and bacteria CAUSE respiratory infections, not vaccines. The lack of knowledge in the information age is staggering. Antibiotics do nothing for viruses, you can’t eat flaming hot Cheetos when you have pancreatitis and women pee from a different hole (not the vagina). Read a fracking book!!

  • October 9, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Nope! Watched it kill three people…. horrible deaths

  • October 9, 2017 at 4:56 am

    Toxic poison, never take it

  • October 9, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I got a flu shot once and was sick for months afterwards.

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Maintain your own immune system and boost it during “flu season” and you’ll never need the shot in the first place.

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Fuck those things!! If our ancestors have been able to reproduce without flu vaccines from the beginning of mankind there’s no reason to start now

    • October 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Haha. Google the word ‘pandemic’

    • October 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Has the human race been wiped off the face of the earth because of any “pandemic”?

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:29 am

    My kids and I never got the flu shot and have had the flu 1x in our lives.

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:55 am

    If you choose not to get the flu shot fine. Please do not go out in public though when you get the flu because when you do you help to infect and cause the death of many around you especially babies who cannot protect themselves from the flu. Cancer patients can’t get flu shots when they are going through chemo and when you expose them they could die. Your fauilt. Your choice.

    • October 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      When you get a shot you shed the viruses for two weeks after getting it. You are not to be around children, elderly, or immune compromised people for two weeks after being vaccinated.

    • October 9, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Only the live virus type vaccine not the dead virus one

  • October 9, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I refuse to get that poison injected into me or my kids. And guess what? We’ve never had the flu. Hmmmmm

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Is this a serious discussion.. Get your damn flu shots.. herd immunity.. cuz Science Bitches… sigh Americans will fuck this up

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I get it every year usually because I work in healthcare. I have lots of respiratory issues and I am immunocompromised. I have had the flu shot and got flu A&B at the same time. I have also had the pneumonia vaccine and contracted pneumonia. So I can’t say the vaccines don’t work but if you’re taking any kind of steroids like prednisone or anything that causes one to have lower immunity the vaccines probably won’t work

    • October 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      You should never get one if you are Immunocompromised. Its right on the package insert and probably one of the worst things for you as All vaccines are for Autoimmune diseases. Vaccines are probably the reason you have those problems in the first place. Do your Research!

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Anne Dean

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I always felt bad after getting flu shot. Turns out I’m allergic to chicken egg whites which are used in the processing of vaccine.

  • October 9, 2017 at 9:27 am


  • October 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Cindy Semmens

  • October 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Been Getting them since the 70’s, never got sick. Except the few times I missed the shot.

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I get the shot. I don’t desire to be a disease infested plague carrier.

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    My mom can not have the shot. 1 day after shot she developed upper respiratory problems that lasted 5 months. It was mandatory in the nursing home. 8 years previously she lost all strength in her arms and legs. 2 years earlier she had a lymph gland in her armpit grow to a huge tumor that had to be removed. Yes, people should consider having the shot if the have experienced reactions. If you have the flu then you won’t be in public. You will be too sick.

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm
  • October 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    none for me past 2 yrs

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I had mine last week and NO SIDE EFFECTS

  • October 9, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    The last one I got almost took me out! I would rather die with the flu than from getting toxins shot in my body

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Been getting them for decades. Never got sick from it.

  • October 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I always get them because I work in healthcare. I never get the flu and they never make me sick. I refuse to be drug back to the dark ages by anti vaxxers.

    • October 9, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      I’m not an anitvaxer and I have never had the flu or the flu shot.

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Not for us! Made our Daughter in law deathly ill and she still is sick from it 6 years later! Think twice before you get the shot!!!!

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    The one and only time I ever got a flu shot was in October of 2012. Within 14 days after I was blind in my right eye. I won’t ever chance it again………

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Can an epidemic or pandemic cause millions of deaths?

  • October 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Nope becaue it is a mutating virus, the shot is from the previous year’s flu strain, oh and I am allergic

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Not getting it.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I have never and will never get a flu shot!!
    I never have had the flu either. Hardly ever get sick, except sinus problems.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Dont get one dont get sick so why would i

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Just got mine Friday . I get one every year .

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I end up getting sick when I get it. Had pneumonia twice after the flu shot so I stopped getting it.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I get mine every year and if I do get sick it is normally for 1 day instead of 3+, I missed once and I was sick for a week and had to be rehydrated at the hospital for 8 hours

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    No no no don’t want poison injected into me. The last one i got years ago has left me with an arm that does not work. It was fine before the shot. After the shot a great deal of pain and and arm that is useless. Of course the medical people say no it didn’t happen. Funny how it was fine before the shot. The pain started at the injection site and went from there. I was working at a nursing home at that time. It was required. I can’t hold them accountable.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    People will believe what they want to believe, so I don’t know why I both to post this, but as someone with a strong background in research and statistics, I feel compelled to note that: 1. H1N1 is a flu strain. It makes no rational sense that NO ONE in the placebo group contracted H1N1, while apparently every case in the vaccinated group was H1N1. I’d postulate that H1N1 was not a strain covered by the vaccine that year. 2. Flu vaccines never protect from all varieties of influenza, as the virus mutates freely, with some varieties passing between species. Each year, vaccine manufacturers predict which strains are most likely to be most prevalent and produce vaccines which predict against those strains. If their predictions are incorrect, then the vaccines are less effective. 3. Immunity is a complicated process. Sometimes a vaccination will provide partial immunity, so that a person still becomes infected, but has a much lighter case. As someone who contracted the flu while I was immune-compromised because of chemotherapy and radiation and very nearly died, I always get my flu shot because I realize that there are people around me who are vulnerable and may not be able to get the shot. I don’t want to be the vector of the disease that kills them, since I’m now blessed enough to be able to receive immunizations. Also, note that dozens of studies have shown flu vaccines to be effective. If one out of 100 studies has a result to the contrary, that’s not statistically significant.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    One time in 15 years i didn’t get it, and I got the flu. Missed work.
    Have gotten.it every year. My friends who don’t get sick

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I am one of those that get sick when I get a flu shot. Happens every time. Just the way my body reacts to the flu virus, even though it is dead at the time of being injected.

  • October 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Myself, I’m very allergic to them, last one almost killed me at age eight. And I’ve never had the flu since then.. Plus, I never use antibiotics either. although I do get the common cold- from our rhino virus that we all have and carry.

  • October 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm


  • October 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    For vaccinated kids who get the flu anyway, their risk of death from the flu is reduced by 50%. For high risk kids who got the vaccine but got the flu anyway, their risk of death was reduced by 65%. I’ll take those odds for my kids. A serious case of the flu does put folks in the hospital and does kill some as well.

  • October 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Has contaminants in it, can cause dementia. Not risking it. Never get the flu, no reason to be jabbed.

  • October 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Only once. I was sick for 2 weeks. Never again.

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Never…. and I haven’t even gotten a cold and over 25 years.

  • October 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Been getting them for years never had a problem!

  • October 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Zero side effects

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    No, every time I got the vaccine in the past, I would end up getting the flu not long afterwards, since I stopped getting th shot, I haven’t had the flu again (going on 4 years now). My daughter got it when she was younger and ended up in the hospital, so nope I’m firmly againt it.

  • October 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    No I get the Taylor Creek virus

  • October 9, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Get one every year. No problems

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I’m with you May Ling!

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Never had the flu or the shot 70+ and counting, think I should change? ain’t happening

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I never had the flu and I have never had a flu shot.

  • October 9, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Heck no!

  • October 10, 2017 at 12:13 am

    For the anti vaccine folks…please stay home and keep your children out of schools when symptoms of the flu comes knocking on your door!

  • October 10, 2017 at 1:12 am

    No flu shot for me ever

  • October 10, 2017 at 1:44 am

    The one year I did not have a flu shot, I ended up with pneumonia from complications of the flu. To each their own, and their own immune systems.

  • October 10, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Never have, never will

  • October 10, 2017 at 3:17 am

    No fucking way

  • October 10, 2017 at 3:58 am

    I don’t get the flu shot anymore makes me sick every time

  • October 10, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Flu shots are less than 50% effective. Washing you hands with hot soapy water doesn’t give you side effects and is probably the biggest preventative medicine..

  • October 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    You people are so uneducated!!!

  • October 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Tried it twice I was sick for about a month from the shot both times. Still got the flu.

  • October 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    They are GUESSING which virus will hit which area in any given “outbreak”….so….whats the point injecting yourself OR your children with this poison?? ? There are several DIFFERENT flu types…but you are only vaccinated for one of them…leaving you ALMOST AS VULNERABLE as you were before….so…why inject yourself with these “virus particles” to begin with…its INSANITY! =( All because someone SAYS “you should”??? Seriously??? No thanks! Ive had the flue twice in 49 years…(I’m fine though)..and… Ive never had a flue shot… Ill take my chances with my own immune system…thanks…