This is a must-read. Richard Smith, CBE, FMedSci, businessman, British medical doctor, and former editor of the BMJ until 2004, explains how he was harmed by the influenza vaccine. He even talks about calling for more testing if you read the long version. We concur.


What follows is an excerpt from a blog post he made. To read his entire post, click here. 

“I don’t think that I’ve ever had the flu, certainly nothing that affected me for more than a day, but last year I had the influenza vaccine for the first time. Three factors influenced me: two tough friends who had each for the first time spent a week in bed with the flu; the doctor telling my wife that she should have the vaccine “for the sake of others”; and an Australian critical care doctor telling me on Twitter that they had in their winter that precedes ours seen more severe cases of flu than usual. Unfortunately I developed flu-like symptoms within a few hours of my vaccination, leaving me wondering who is most likely to have side effects from the vaccine. Could it be that I was having it for the first time? Will I be likely to get them again if (if) I’m vaccinated next year?

I have deliberately delayed in posting this blog because I don’t want to put people off having the flu vaccine. The flu season is now largely over, and I have not had the flu. Indeed, I haven’t had any illness at all since my flu vaccine. By the autumn when the time will come again for the influenza vaccine my blog will be forgotten and not discourage anybody for being vaccinated–but the research questions I’m posing will still be valid.

I had both the influenza vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine at the same time through the same needle in the morning. I hadn’t gone to get the pneumococcal vaccine, but the nurse suggested that I have it as well. Immediately afterward I cycled seven miles to and from a lunch with a friend on a delightfully sunny day. We even ate our lunch out of doors, which is unusual for London in December. It wasn’t until the evening when I began to shiver and feel cold. My arm was red, hard, and sore where I’d been vaccinated. I went to bed but slept badly, unable to sleep on the side vaccinated, and becoming feverish during the night. The next morning I felt grotty and looked up the symptoms of adverse effects from influenza vaccination on NHS Choices. The side effects are said to occur in between one in 10 and one in 100 people, so I’d been unlucky. The side effects include headache, aching muscles or joints, fever, feeling generally unwell, sweating, shivering, fatigue, and pain, swelling, redness, bruising or at the injection site. I had a full house. None of the symptoms were severe, but they were enough to stop me having an effective day. I went to bed early, slept soundly, and the next morning….”1

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  1. The BMJ Opinion