Should You Get the Flu Shot This Year?

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Holistic Remedies Preventative Medicine Vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu shot. Many doctors push the flu vaccine on patients during regular visits. Pediatricians often do this during well child visits and even use fear and guilt to coerce parents into vaccinating. This practice has become standard, and some doctors will not treat patients who refuse CDC-recommended vaccines.

Even if you don’t go to the doctor, you can’t escape the ads and media messages selling the flu vaccine as the best method of preventing influenza. Pharmacies and retail stores also promote flu shots. It’s ingrained in our culture that Fall is “flu season” and that by getting your flu shot, you are protecting yourself and those around you.

Here is the content of an email my editor received on September 29 as we were in the process of publishing this blog:

“This year, it’s even more important to get a flu shot to protect yourself and your community. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, before peak flu season begins.”

If you have followed me for a while, you know that universal screening tests and vaccines are not the same as prevention, and they do not create true, lasting health. True health is cultivated from the inside out. And when so-called experts say, “Vaccines only work if enough people get them” or “Everyone needs to be vaccinated in order to protect the small number of people who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons,” you know that something is not right.

In fact, when it comes to the flu vaccine, something is wrong indeed. Research suggests that receiving annual flu vaccinations does not lower the risk of disease transmission at all, so you are not protecting yourself or your community when you receive a flu vaccine. That said, I’m the first to acknowledge that if your inner wisdom and not societal pressure leads you to get a flu shot, then it is most likely the right thing for you.

Risks Associated with the Flu?

The flu is a respiratory virus spread via infectious droplets. The most common symptoms of the flu include sudden fatigue, fever (usually above 100 degrees), chills, headache, body aches, dry cough, and sore throat. Children can sometimes have stomach problems or diarrhea, but this is not a common symptom for adults.

As with any virus and in any given year, some people can experience more severe symptoms and complications that require medical intervention. These symptoms may include chest pain, trouble breathing, severe vomiting, dizziness and confusion, among others.

People who are typically at high risk for complications from the flu (and all other viruses) include those with immune system problems or chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.  If you are pregnant, Native American, or Alaska Native, you may have a higher risk of complications from the flu. The elderly and very young (under 2 years) may suffer more severe symptoms as well.

While some people will die from complications from the flu, the number of flu deaths reported by the CDC each year are misleading because they are combined with pneumonia deaths, the causes of which can be anything. For most healthy individuals, the flu is easily treated with rest and fluids.

Why I Don’t Recommend Getting a Flu Vaccine

I live a healthy life, and I trust my immune system to do its job. I also know that viruses are ubiquitous organisms that make up the human biome. And they don’t cause problems unless the body is compromised in some other way—such as by air pollution, water pollution or soils laced with glyphosate. So, I don’t worry that I’ll catch something during “flu season.” But I know that even healthy people get fooled, shamed, or scared by their doctors, the media, and even friends and family into getting a flu shot when it’s really not necessary.

That’s why I want you to understand the reasons I don’t get flu a shot and why I recommend you pass on it as well.

Here’s why I don’t get a flu shot:

  1. They are ineffective. According to the CDC, flu vaccine effectiveness varies between 40–60 percent. However, in 10 out of 14 flu seasons between 2004/2005 and 2017/2018, overall influenza vaccine effectiveness was less than 50 percent. During the 2018/2019 season, the vaccine proved to be only 29 percent effective. During the 2014/2015 season, the vaccine was only 19 percent effective! Most flu vaccines are created using the common Type A and Type B influenza strains. One reason the flu vaccine is not effective is because there are always hundreds of influenza viruses circulating, and there is no way to predict which strains will hit each year. More than 80 percent of influenza-like respiratory illnesses that occur during flu season are not caused by Type A and Type B influenza strains. In addition, influenza viruses mutate rapidly. A flu vaccine with last year’s strains will not offer protection against this year’s new strains.
  2. Vaccine data is manipulated. Research shows that much of the data supporting flu vaccines as a way to prevent infection, complications, hospitalizations, and death are actually due to what’s called the healthy user effect. This means that people who received the vaccine and didn’t die during flu season are reported as having had a reduced risk of dying over those who were not vaccinated, which translates into the success rate of the vaccine. However, when the people who are vaccinated actually have a lower risk of dying to begin with, this is attributed to being a healthy user. Given the growth in pharmaceutical advertising dollars behind the studies and medical journals reporting them, I think it’s fair to say that there is widespread bias in reporting on vaccine effectiveness.
  3. They contain harmful adjuvants. A great majority of vaccines (if not all) contain harmful ingredients that act as adjuvants. Many are known to be extremely toxic, including mercury, aluminum compounds, ammonia sulfate, beta-Propiolactone, ethyl mercury (thimerosal), formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate, octoxynol-9, phenol, polysorbate 80, and others. In animal studies, these ingredients have been shown to cause developmental delays; adverse neurologic events and disorders, such as motor weakness and slowing; and a host of other ill effects. The CDC reports that brain inflammation and death are known “side effects” of every vaccine. (Remember, conditions such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities are manifestations of an inflamed brain.) I encourage anyone considering getting a flu vaccine (or any vaccine for that matter) to read the package inserts first. That way you can see for yourself exactly what is in them. You can find package insert information for many commonly given vaccines at
  4. They contain viral proteins from animals. Vaccine companies typically use chicken embryos to culture flu strains. (They also use dog kidney cells.) Fertilized chicken eggs are susceptible to a wide variety of viruses and contain biologically active ingredients that may be harmful to humans, including tiny proteins that have been associated with neurological disorders and oncogenes that can cause cancer.
  5. Flu mortality statistics are exaggerated. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) lumps influenza and pneumonia statistics together. This greatly inflates the number of “flu deaths” each year. For example, in 2001, the CDC reported 62,034 “influenza and pneumonia” deaths. Since pneumonia can have many underlying causes, you need to look at the actual number of reported flu deaths. That number—the number of deaths with influenza as the sole underlying cause—was just 257. That means 61,777 reported flu deaths were actually due to pneumonia with some other underlying cause. Even more interesting is that of the 257 “flu deaths,” there were only 18 positive cases of influenza virus that could be identified. In addition, between 1976 and 2006, flu death estimates varied widely because the tests used to diagnose influenza were not sensitive enough to distinguish influenza from the 150–200 different pathogens that produce flu-like symptoms. And, while the CDC uses respiratory and circulatory (R&C) deaths to provide an estimate of deaths that include secondary respiratory or cardiac complications following influenza, it admits that only 2.1 percent of these deaths are related to influenza.
  6. Risk of adverse events. In addition, a growing body of evidence shows not only are flu shots ineffective, there are also possible dangers of the flu vaccine. In my opinion, the risk of adverse events from the flu vaccine far outweigh the risk associated with contracting the flu virus for most people. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), since the flu vaccine’s inclusion in the National Vaccine Injury and Compensation Program (NVICP), up until 2015, there were more than 3,400 petitions claiming injury or death resulting from flu vaccines. While this may not seem like a large number, it’s important to remember that most people do not report adverse events. And yet flu vaccine petitions represented 37.71 percent of all petitions. Of those flu vaccine–related injury and death claims, nearly 60 percent of petitioners received compensation.
  7. Increases your risk of COVID-19 infection. A Department of Defense study showed that, while the flu vaccine studied demonstrated varied benefit in flu prevention, it raised the risk of coronavirus infection by 36 percent. This is most likely due to vaccine virus interference. A 2018 study supported by the CDC showed an increased risk in non-flu acute respiratory illnesses (ARI) in children under the age of 18 who received the flu vaccine compared to unvaccinated children. Other studies also show that flu vaccines greatly increase the risk of non-flu viral infections and also greatly increase risk of flu infections. You can find more information on the Children’s Health Defense website.

Anything that appears to increase my risk and also has a risk of serious adverse events is not something I want to put in my body. If you are considering getting a flu vaccine, the National Vaccine Information Center has a number of resources to help you become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines.

Remember, getting the flu or any illness is not inevitable. You have the tools you need to stay healthy every day, even during “flu season.” 

The Future of Flu Vaccines

Exploiting the narrative that the mRNA COVID shots are working, Pfizer and Moderna have been quickly working toward the launch of universal, multivalent flu shots using the same experimental mRNA platform. Currently in late-stage human trials, the new flu shots—known as a quadrivalent vaccines—are being pitched as protecting against four different flu virus strains. (In addition, Moderna is working on new mRNA combined vaccines for flu, COVID, and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.)

The idea behind creating a universal flu vaccine is that it would reduce the need to create new flu shots every year. But that doesn’t mean the new universal flu shots will actually replace annual flu shots. The establishment will most likely tell you that you need to get both. Here’s why…

The current flu shots are seasonal and are supposed to protect against the most recent circulating strains. The mRNA shots “encode” immunogens from all the known influenza subtypes and lineages, but they do not protect against the current flu strains in circulation. The mRNA shots simply illicit a “memory response” that would potentially have the effect of reducing severe illness and death.

What this really means is that the new universal flu vaccines do not create “sterilizing” immunity. In other words, they will not prevent infection or transmission. Instead, they are being pitched as the best way to prime your immune system to respond better if you get the flu and lower your risk of hospitalization and death.

Is this starting to sound familiar?

Additional Resources:

The Flu Vaccine is Bad Medicine: The science against the flu vaccines and Tamiflu: why they are ineffective, unnecessary, and bad medicine. Forward by Jim Meehan, MD

Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine. Benjamin J. Cowling, Vicky J. Fang, […], and J. S. Malik Peiris

Last Updated: December 7, 2022

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Maureen
    6 months ago

    I got the flu shot in the past. But when I had subacute thyroiditis and had to have my thyroid biopsied and also aspirated twice (stupid me I had the flu shot the second year and same result). My doctor had stated that if it was going to happen it would be only 15 minutes and it would show up–no it was 24 hour each time. I knew I was allergic to many medications and also supplements. (I could not sleep the night before I got married and took melatonin–welts all over my body and my lips looked like a duck–things calmed down by the time I got married –my mother was a nurse and the mother of 7). As an aside–we celebrated our 25th anniversary recently.
    I am medication hesitant and other things hesitant.
    I will not get the flu shot again.

  2. Candice
    2 years ago

    So glad you speak the truth it helps me in my naturopathic doctor journey!

  3. Dawn Rees
    2 years ago

    Dear Dr Northrop,
    I live in England.
    My God daughter asked my advice this evening about giving her 5 year old daughter the flu nasal spray.
    I said absolutely not! There is no need for this. Natural immunity is best. It’s safer.
    Any advice will be truly appreciated.

    Many thanks

  4. Donna
    2 years ago

    You are amazing and a gift to each and everyone of us. . . . .your advice is ‘spot on’. . . .I am 74 years old. . .and although my Mom made sure we got every vaccine in childhood. . .when I got older I began to research and collect information from people like you who have had the courage to tell the truth. . . to speak out against the ‘for profit’ medical companies. . .i learned that our bodies have everything they need to heal if we take care of them. . . . .at 74 both my husband and I are not on any medication thanks to you and all those brave medical professionals who spoke the truth. . .and gave life sustaining advice. . .simply thank you. . .donna needham

  5. Megan Clouse
    4 years ago

    Greatly appreciate you sharing the link about children/flu shot/ increased respiratory illness!

  6. Leslie Hooker
    4 years ago

    Yes I agree with what she says about Covid 19 vaccine and any other flu shot! I’ve done my homework

  7. Marie Blaszak
    4 years ago

    I am 70 now. When i was 23 i had a one yr old healthy boy. I took him for his very first vaccine DPT. Got the shot. At home later that nite he got very sick with a high fever and fever convulsions. He was sick with a high fever for 3 days. I will never forget it. I laid on the rug/floor with him for all those days. I was one of those “health nuts” back then and i swore he would never get another shot. He never did and grew up healthy. To this day i have never seen him with a cold or flu. Once he got the Swine flu , but was over it quick. I got very sick with it., but other than that he never gets a cold. I did nurse him for two and a half years too.

    Sadly he is on drugs now and still he doesn’t get a cold. To get him in school back in “those” days you just needed to write a note and fill out a paper listing the shots he got. I copied it from a baby book. Never had any trouble. Can’t do that now as everything is controlled.

  8. Jade
    4 years ago

    Never had any injections and Im healthy as. Hardly ever sick or get flu/colds. My immune system is great. As been boosting it since last Nov.

  9. Lisa Citore
    4 years ago

    Dear Dr. Northrop, I’ve always held you as an expert in women’s health. I’ve read all your books. I’m a big fan. I recently saw an interview you gave (it was a 4 min excerpt on the dangers of and warnings against a mandatory Covid vaccine). I was surprised by the bold leaps you took. It was some weird, out-there info. I thought, “Wow, Dr. Northrop is really putting herself on the line, risking her career and reputation to say these things.” Knowing who you are (at least from your books and all the ways you’ve helped me, including healing from cervical cancer), I chose not to dismiss what you were saying simply because I didn’t understand it, but to take it in and begin my own research. I thought I’d start with you. Where did you get your information to make such big leaps? I sincerely want to educate myself. While I have chosen not to get flu vaccines because I believe they weaken my immune system, what you said is in this interview is even scarier. And I want to know more. Thank you

  10. Sharon Owen
    4 years ago

    Dr. What do you say about the up coming covid 19 vaccine?
    I’m afraid of it. I’m a health care worker and have been told I have no choice in receiving it.

  11. Kim
    4 years ago

    For the first time in my 65 years I surrendered to getting the flu shot . I wish I didn’t after reading your views which have been similar to mine but I fear 2020. Is there anything I can do to push the vaccine out of my body . Are there any foods, spice, medicine or liquid I can take to push the flu vaccine out of my system . ?

  12. Harriet Ervin
    4 years ago

    As one of the millions of families devastated for generations due to the death of a 35 year old, healthy grandparent in the 1918 Flue epidemic, imagine the results if an effective vaccine had been available. My father would not have grown up without a Dad….read ‘1918’ and many of the others available.

  13. Lorna Lamsa
    4 years ago

    I’ve always decided on my own to get a flu shot. I believe good eating a healthy diet is important. I also have had the pneumonia shots and shingles vaccine. This is my decision. When my elderly mom lived with me I made sure that everyone paid attention to keep her as safe as possible. I’ve always played in dirt, drink well water, swim in ponds with creatures. I know to wash up before eating or after handling raw chicken, etc. now I wear my mask and keep away from people most of the time. Just a combination of doc’s advise and common sense for me. Stay safe and well!!

    1. Sony Smith
      3 years ago

      It absolutely is your choice what you do with your life, as well as Dr. Northrup and the billions of the rest of us. We all need to be aware and listen to what we know to be facts and not from what is only given in the media or by government, as well, we need to learn to listen to our bodies and work with our minds to keep control over our feelings regarding how we view issues and take in information. People often forget how hyper suggestible we become during chaos, pain or confusion and allow ourselves to make decisions dear based and not listening and evaluating our own mind, bodies and information they give us. Stay well and stay blessed and keep doing the wonderful job of taking care of you and your mom. Dr. Sony Smith

  14. Michelle Bellezza
    4 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup for this awesome information God bless you for helping all of us to understand what’s going on in our world and how to make conscientious and healthy decisions

    From Michelle Bellezza Largo Florida

  15. Tracy
    4 years ago

    Can’t make a shot for something that mutates. It’s very simple people.

  16. Diane Stover
    4 years ago

    I would like to be directed to more research on the Covid vaccine
    I am a nurse of 45 years, am full time employed as a Director of Quality, and see healthcare pushing this vaccine down our throats.
    Please direct me and help!!

    1. Jeri Bovell
      4 years ago

      There was a video made with Dr. Northrup about the dangers of the COVID 19 vaccine. It is now no longer on the web (that I can find). Does anyone have a copy??

      1. Leslie Hooker
        4 years ago

        Yes I listened this this over the web a
        D went back to it was taken off like a few weeks ago month of November 2020. I know what she is saying is true! Trying to contact her so I could get a copy.

      2. Leslie
        4 years ago

        Yup I saw that video as well it was about 39 min went to listen to it again. It was taken down in November 2020. Shame I was trying to contact her see if she has a copy of it still trying

  17. Karen
    4 years ago

    Hello Christiane,
    I am 66 years old and being urged by my internist to get two pneumonia vaccines, the 13 this year and the 23 next year. I am allergic to many antibiotics and am concerned about getting pneumonia and the treatment with antibiotics. Do you recommend I get both, just the 23, or no vaccine?
    Thank you,

  18. Celeste Saunders, MD
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this. I am a physician who is retiring from practice in 2 weeks. I presently work for a large hospital and there is mandatory flu vaccine for all personnel with no exceptions. People do not know that the hospitals will be penalized in the the amount of Medicare dollars they will get if the compliance rate is not 95% or greater. I am thankful that I will be able to skip the flu vaccine this year since I am getting out before the cutoff date of Nov. 13th.
    This is such a crime. I had one outstanding PA fired for not getting flu shot. How sad that we have to compromise our health in order to support the Pharmaceutical/Big Brother industry.

    1. Buyer Beware
      4 years ago

      Well said, Dr. Celeste!

    2. Kathy
      4 years ago

      Thank you for posting. I just left my position at our hospital as I refused to get the flu shot for medical reasons as it was mandatory this year, no exemptions, & we are wearing masks & shields! I felt it was a shame that they didn’t care about their employees’ health & wondered if it was because of money.

    3. Kathy
      4 years ago

      Thank you for posting. I just left my position at our hospital as I refused to get the flu shot for medical reasons (I keep myself healthy, I also got shoulder bursitis from the flu shot given too high) as it was mandatory this year, no exemptions, & we are wearing masks & shields! I felt it was a shame that they didn’t care about their employees’ health & wondered if it was because of money.

    4. Shannon Carr
      3 years ago

      You didn’t die, get ill or have any other rare reaction to any of the flu shots you were mandated to get by your hospital in all of those years? That’s good.

  19. Lauren
    4 years ago

    Thank you for a great article on the CONS that are missing from the general knowledge. I’m for medical freedom; if you want the flu shot take it, if you don’t, don’t. My big concern right now is mandatory vaccines. My sister works in the operating room as a nurse in a big county hospital in Calif. She has always refused the flu shot that is pushed on the employees. They made her wear a mask because of her refusal. Now, they just told her that she has to have the flu shot or she is fired. She has until Oct. 31st. This is INSANE! This goes against everything about a FREE country and human sovereignty. She doesn’t know where to turn to.

    1. kamran
      4 years ago

      hiw about other vaccines? it is obvious vaccination programs around the world against various diseases have saved millions lives, and probably without them , many of those who are against vaccines, would not be alive today.

    2. Marie Blaszak
      4 years ago

      But what people here in America don’t understand , know or believe is that we are NOT a free country at all!!! To force babies to have a vaccine against the parents wish is not free!!!

  20. Janis Howard
    4 years ago

    I, just recently received a short video on messenger with Dr. Northrup being interviewed about the vaccine that is coming out. The question I have for Dr. Northrup: is this the vaccine that Is promised to be ready by late Nov. that will change the DNA….non human dna?

    1. Jamie
      4 years ago

      I received the same video, but cannot find Dr Northrup giving this interview on her website or on her YouTube. Is this a fake video?

      1. Lisa
        4 years ago

        I’m wondering the same thing.

        1. Kim
          4 years ago

          She does not answer our questions or comment as I was hoping. I hope this is not a fake help site . I feel so stupid

        2. Donna
          4 years ago

          I am also wondering. I saw the video, but it has now been taken down. Wondering if this if fake or real. I do not believe in conspiracy theories but I trust Dr Northrup’s advice as I have read many
          of her books and articles online.

      2. Skip Herndon
        4 years ago

        I just watched the CoVid 19 vaccine video and it is alarming. FB says it is false information. I wish Dr Northrup would settle this somehow….like a comment here or go on a media source that is not “mainstream” (fake news).

      3. Jody
        4 years ago

        I’m wondering the same thing too.

      4. Sharon Owen
        4 years ago

        Yes! Saw this

      5. Jody
        4 years ago

        I wondered the same thing, Jamie.

      6. Maggie
        4 years ago

        I have wondering the same thing. I do believe what she said as I heard that before from other people and quite a long time ago before COVID 19. However I would like more information and where to search for. Any idea dr Northrup?

    2. Anne Stone
      4 years ago

      I’ve just watched that video as well and wondered the same thing. We know Dr. Northrup is not in favor of the flu vaccines but this video is much, much more extreme in its approach to the COVID-19 vaccine than I would imagine Dr. Christine would be. This video verges on conspiracy myths. I, too, wonder if this could be a fake video? I hope Dr. Christine will answer our questions. TIA, Dr. Christine. And I would like to see (be able to read) the data and studies behind the video, if, in fact, it is real. Thank you!

    3. David Eckhardt
      4 years ago

      Would be nice if these comments were monitored and responded to, so we would know if the recent posted video was false.
      does not bode confidence in general.

    4. Marie Blaszak
      4 years ago

      I have also read that it will also change the DNA in future generations like if you have babies it will carry through to them. No one will be normal then.

  21. Ali D
    4 years ago

    I’d be interested to know your thoughts for people like me with chronic lung issues like Cystic Fibrosis? Especially in today’s world with COVID-19. I have a flu vaccine every year. I’ve had flu once and pneumonia 3 times. I do get recurring chest infections due to pseudomonas aeruginosa growing in my lungs.

  22. Chris bell
    4 years ago

    My elderly father got a flu shot and immediately after suffered from six months of sciatica. He was convinced it was connected to the shot. I have no experience as I would never get a flu shot and I alarmist never get flu or colds. I wondered if any other people had that experience

  23. Tracy A Off
    4 years ago

    I would love to pass this article on the flu vaccine to my facebook friends. Is there a way to do it?

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      4 years ago

      There is a Facebook share icon at the bottom of the article below the 3 images of other blogs.

  24. Amy Murphy
    4 years ago

    I wish I had read this last week- I just got my flu shot this past Thursday. I would have denied it! Other than staying healthy, is there anything I can do to counteract it’s effects?

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      4 years ago

      Dr. Northrup’s Blog “Do You Need a Detox?” has a section on how to detox from vaccines.

  25. Dianna Lott
    4 years ago

    Thank you for posting this information and explaining it so well. It’s amazing how much this vaccine and others are pushed on perfectly healthy people.

  26. Laura Relethford
    4 years ago

    I am surprised your in-depth information is still available as it seems in the media presently opinions contrary to the upcoming flu vaccine for Covid 19 has been shut down . Thank you for this !
    I pressured into getting flu shot from co workers one year & I really felt sicky for months after .

    I have your book women’s body , body wisdom & it is so helpful. I really appreciate your health knowledge.

  27. Sara G
    4 years ago

    I totally agree with every word.. Because I won’t be vaccinated, I am not allowed to see my grandson. I have only been allowed to see my grandchild on very few occasions, and I have noticed, that family that had the flu vaccine were more tired, over heated, not doing well with stress, were arthritic, way overweight, had sniffles or allergy like symptoms .
    ( I opted out when my son almost went into the emergency room, 32 years ago.) I must also let this site know there is good evidence supporting the fact that garlic, and a few other bitter herbs are excellent at treating viral like mptoms as well as prevention, lemon water, and more.
    IT is also known that people whom are on statins and beta blockers have a harder time to shake the virus and covid as well.

  28. Tracey Charles
    4 years ago

    I forgot to add… i have never had flu injection and my son did not het the mmr injection.

    When i was challenged i stated the unethical ingredients used to create this, the dangers and also the fact it would overload baby’s immune system.

    They were silenced, and i never heard from them again.

  29. Tracey Charles
    4 years ago

    Thank you for being so brave in coming forwards with this information and on the corona virus vaccine… i saw that and did my best to spread the word. True to your words it was taken down.
    I hope people start to listen , pay attention and take positive actions to your warnings.

    We know bill gates is behind this and is persistant in killing people. He has an evil agenda.

    Thank you again!!!

    1. Dhani
      4 years ago

      While a strong immune system is ideal, our society’s lifestyle values largely do not support one. So educating friends and family on better choices is a good thing to do.
      Kindly educating is preferable to confrontation, as we know in political discussions as well.

      I believe people of goodwill support vaccination out of misunderstanding, not evil.
      A very kind and smart friend did not realize the effectiveness of flu vaccine was so low.

      I’ve gotten a flu shot maybe 3 times in 35 years and rarely get flu. Was quite ill with it once, however, and I have a strong immune system. But when young lived with a smoker and suffered from secondary smoke effects which affected my lungs. So I understand that people can be scared and hope and believe that vaccine helps.

      I wonder if vaccines for smallpox, polio, and tetanus are not in a very different risk:reward situation. There are not different mutations of these diseases are there?

  30. Grace
    4 years ago

    I trust Dr Northrup and I have been following her for years, but this time I have to disagree. Advise against the flu vaccine is misleading and dangerous, especially during a pandemic of a virus that causes similar symptoms.
    Please follow the CDC guidelines and do not put your life and your loved ones at risk.

    1. Danielle
      4 years ago

      My dear,
      Of course you are free to choose. But it looks like you’ve chosen to also ‘drink the Kool Aid.’
      Happy trails to you.

      1. Dhani
        4 years ago

        The “kool aid” reference is patronizing and unfortunate, as it refers to a certain death, mass suicide event.
        A cultural reference like this distorts the serious medical conversation of this thread.

      2. Carolyn
        4 years ago

        Repulsive comments here are not helpful to anyone.

    2. Marie Blaszak
      4 years ago

      I have read that getting the flu vaccine makes you MORE susceptible to getting covid.

  31. Judy
    4 years ago

    I am so glad you feel this way and are getting the information out! People need to be aware of these issues and be proactive. It helps when well respected doctors like yourself make strong statements such as this. Thank you!!!!!

  32. Linda
    4 years ago

    The only and only time I got a flu shot, which I was forced to get by my employer, I got the flu. Never again. And my husband got the flu every time her got a flu shot.
    Thanks for the great info.

    1. Nick Swin
      4 years ago

      My family and I is getting the flu shot since 1999 and since then we did not had any flu.

      1. Marilynn Manley
        4 years ago

        You probably won’t going to get it anyway. Did you ever think of that?
        It amazes me so many people tell me they had the flu anyway after the shot.

    2. Dhani
      4 years ago

      It’s informative that there are various strains of flu every season, and each year’s vaccine “hits” only some of them. I, too, got a flu shot, then got another strain of flu.

  33. Anne Marie Polich
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for giving reasonable advice re: vaccines. We are not getting this information from doctors, medical offices. The flu vaccine is pushed so heavily, especially because I am older (mid 60’s). I really appreciate your recommendation here. I will not be getting the flu vaccine.

  34. Julie Craker
    4 years ago

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!! You have condensed many of the dangers from vaccines into a short, very readable piece that will be easier to share with our friends and family who have blind faith in a deeply flawed medical system. For those of us who have followed the science and seen the brave doctors and scientists who have gallantly tried to warn us all of what was happening in our “for profit” medical model, you have given us hope and a tool to try to get others to study the information for themselves. I always say that if anyone receiving vaccines and offering up their innocent children to this medical procedure had a clue as to the manufacturing processes of these potions, they would never consent. This has been a terrifying time for my family as we had changed over to taking full responsibility for our health and are now seeing the possibility of being forced into a medical procedure that we know harms the body. Using excellent quality supplements, naturopathic practitioners, holistic doctors, and bodywork practitioners, we are maintaining a higher quality of health. Thank you again for all you do for all of us!

  35. Pamela Jeanne ND
    4 years ago

    You Dr. Northrup are the sane voice we desperately need in a world of dis-information. I so appreciate your willingness to extend your medical expertise to all of us. We need this! I have been in health care for over 50 years fist as an RN and now as a naturopathic physician, and i have seen the twisted and biased medical information over the years. Most of all, It is so refreshing to hear from a female voice of logic. Women have been ignored far too long.
    thank you so much!!

  36. Rae Ann Wright
    4 years ago

    Exactly why I do not take the flu shot and haven’t since I was 18yrs old, when I got so sick as a direct result of that shot! I wish you could get this to Pres. Trump! You and Dr. Judy Mikovits are RIGHT ON! Love you Dr. Northrup, I saw you and Dr. Wayne Dyer in person in Long Beach, CA a few years ago!

  37. Ann Hampton
    4 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup for this information. I am a registered nurse and was pressured to get vaccinated every year. As I started to age, I would get deathly ill with respiratory infection requiring medical intervention the last couple of years before I retired in 2015. Since then I no longer get the flu shot, and guess what, I no longer get deathly ill with
    a respiratory virus flu season. I am not saying that the flu shot gave me a respiratory virus, but I appear to be much better off without one. I did get the flu this past season. I did not get deathly ill nor need medical intervention. Now, I will know how to prevent with Vit D, Zinc, and Vit C.

  38. Sonna Elliott
    4 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup. I have Never heard any of this information. I am a very healthy 80 year old, and don’t want to put anything in my body that is potentially harmful. So,THANK YOU!!! Sonna Elliott

  39. Sharon Gallagher
    4 years ago

    Thank-you for your Informative And honest opinion.
    I am going to skip the flu vaccination this year and do everything I can to maintain A healthy immune system.
    As an acupuncturist and meditation instructor I believe in treating the cause of the symptoms promoting health and longevity and preventing disease through healthy lifestyle choices. Namaste

  40. Shannon
    4 years ago

    Wonderful article. I feel armed with the information I need when asked why I choose not to get vaccines. Additionally, why are we all so afraid of a flu? It’s a natural process by which our bodies, when they reach a fever, fight off nasty lingering cells (like cancer) and bring your body back into homeostasis. It can actually be a very beneficial reset and natural process. Mother Nature is much wiser than we give her credit for.

  41. Jill
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this reassurance. I have instinctively avoided having flu vaccine but doubts sometimes deep into my mind, so it’s great to be reminded why I don’t need one.

  42. Marsha Burack
    4 years ago

    I love this article thank you so much for writing and I’m sending it on to others. I wonder what you feel about the COVID-19, I wonder of how you feel about protecting yourself with masks and just how you would protect yourself a given that Sweden handled it so differently and what you would feel about a vaccine for this could you write some thing about COVID-19

  43. Sandra MacLean
    4 years ago

    Hi, Is there an article about the safety of all the vaccines given to children ?
    I am thinking that Dr Northrup may feel the same about those vaccines as about the flu ones …
    Its very scary for a parent to make the decision to vaccinate or not to vaccinate

    Thank you

  44. Jamie
    4 years ago

    I have learned a few times that flu shots and vaccinations feel physiologically wrong for me, personally. When my daughter was in kindergarten, my family encouraged me to “save ourselves” as we were getting very sick and upon re-entering college at 30 I was required a vaccination where my arm swelled and felt like a baseball. I have been so much healthier since putting those ideas to bed and using tips, such as these, toward health. Vitamin C, D, oil of oregano, colloidal silver, elderberry are among some of my favorite allies in the winter. Eucalyptus in the bath. Plus getting sick, as kids and adults, boosts our immunity, just like being around a pet if you have a pet allergy. Vaccinations only worsen these symptoms. I have loved learning to trust my body and intuition on supplements and healing. Thank you, as always, Dr. Northrup, for your sound wisdom, tips, and love for true human health.

  45. Meredith
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this. In Massachusetts, the Governor is requiring all children age six months and older to receive a flu vaccine in order to attend school or daycare. It’s horrifying. I don’t quite know what to do, since I’m completely opposed to the vaccine for myself and for my four-year-old, for all the reasons you list above. Ugh. I’m just hoping there will be a legal challenge before the requirement takes effect at the end of the year.

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      4 years ago

      Please contact the They challenged a similar law in CA (requiring all college students to get flu vaccine even if not on campus) and are winning.

  46. Barbara Smith
    4 years ago

    Thank you for providing all this information and data . I will be sharing it everywhere!

  47. Josie McGovern
    4 years ago

    My husband is 83, I am 78 and we have never gotten flu shots. Even tho my husband has beaten cancer & a stroke. The only thing the stroke has done has caused slight dementia.. even with Covid 19 we still have not gotten flu shots. Thank you for this in depth explanation..

  48. Ellen
    4 years ago

    Thank you, Dr. Northtrup, for the clear explanation of the risks of the flu vaccine. I did not want to get the vaccine this year, but I did because I am a nurse in a hospital and it is mandatory for us. It does not feel good not to be allowed to make a choice, but I don’t know how I can avoid it short of changing careers.

  49. Linda
    4 years ago

    Thank you for this.

    I’ve been grappling with whether or not to get a flu shot since I get the incessant, doomsday alert by family members and friends. Even the medical community seems to be touting the vaccine this year because of Covid. I agree with you, Dr. Northrup, and I’m so grateful for all your wisdom on this subject. I’m planning to forward your blog to the rest of my family.

    Thank you for all you do!

  50. Terri
    4 years ago

    Hi Dr Northrup! I am 54 I have never gotten a flu vaccine and plan on never ever getting one!! I also never went and got one for my kids. I LOVE your “Great Awakening” videos. I appreciate all the information u share and am so grateful. I learn so much from you!! I chose to not vaccinate my daughter. She was born in 1996. I had no idea she had received the Hep B shot in the hospital as soon as she was born until I read the papers I signed, while in labour, when I had gotten home from the hospital. My Doula gave me a copy of Mothering magazine which was so helpful and informative about many topics-one of them being the vaccine issue. That magazine helped me “wake up” and make an educated decision not to vaccinate and then also to hire a Midwife to help me deliver my son at home!!! And I feel you help woman “wake up” too!! I do have a question concerning my son. He is a Recruited soccer player and now a sophomore at the United States Air Force Acadamy. He and I both worked on getting information so he wouldn’t have to get the mandatory vaccinations and was not able to find any waiver for the AFA, so we did have a visit with Dr Sherry Tenpenny (we live in Akron and her office is not far from us!!) and she helped us pump his body with immune builders and spaced the vaccines out to one every week. I also had to release the “fear” around the vaccines so my son could also do the same and we surrounded the vaccine with love and called it “love juice” i was sad that he had to get vaccinated, as he never got sick and got the flu a couple times. Oh-both kids do have life immunity to chicken pox-i went to a chicken pox party when they were little!! He did end up getting REALLY sick 6 weeks later after completing basic cadet training ☹️ He couldn’t breathe, had a fever for over a week, terrible headache, sore throat, and lost 17lbs he was told he had bronchitis, but maybe he had COVID? This would of been a year ago in August 2019. Or a reaction to the vaccines? Anyway, I am wondering if you have any information that could help him deny getting the flu vaccine or any further vaccines? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for being you and sharing all you do.!! Many blessings to you . Namaste ☮️

  51. Sinéad
    4 years ago

    Hi Christiane,
    In Ireland they’re really pushing this vaccine. Especially at children! It’s a nasal spray and they’re making it out to be super safe and essential so as not to spread flu this season.
    My family & I will not be getting it.
    I love your newsletter and I love your Instagram videos!
    Big warm hugs from Ireland,
    Sinéad x

    1. Marie Blaszak
      4 years ago

      I have read that the nasal spray is a LIVE virus and yes the person can spread the disease as they are now contagious.

  52. Tonja Jones
    4 years ago

    Thank you for such an in-depth article on flu vaccines. I have not had the flu vaccine since 1979 (military rules), and since that time, I have only gotten the flu a couple of times over the decades. I am constantly pushed by family members, doctors, even my pharmacist, to get vaccinated. I trust my gut, and your article provided the research to back up my gut feeling.

  53. Becky
    4 years ago

    You are taking such a risk by asking us to go against the advice of our doctors. I worry about taking this vaccine every year. If I listen to my doctor, I worry about the side effects you mention. If I listen to you, I worry about being unprotected. It is awful!


    1. Marie Blaszak
      4 years ago

      I have read that a lot of doctors do NOT take the flu vaccine!!!

  54. Sarah deGrood
    4 years ago

    Thank you? What is your opinion of pneumonia and shingles vaccine?

  55. Lindsay Ambridge
    4 years ago

    Not sure if Dr Northrop will get this message of gratitude, I know she’s super busy.

    I live in the U.K. and have followed Dr Christian Northrop for a while now on various platforms.
    I have shared many of her emails to friends and family who are very impressed with her work and blogs particularly in these times of fear and panic, which in my view has been brought on by mainstream media and governments messages.
    Here in the U.K. there has been absolutely no information given to people on how to keep their immune systems strong, yet the push is to stock up on chocolates, cakes , sweets for the Christmas season…..
    so thank goodness for these vital emails, I do my best to spread the word.
    Kind Regards

  56. Ella Carlton
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the information. I have always refused the flu vaccine from the first time I was encouraged to get one. My instincts said no, but it is good to know why.

  57. Roxanne Sylver
    4 years ago

    I didn’t realize this about the flu shot. I already got it! What can I do now?

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      4 years ago

      Please see Dr. Northrup’s blog “Do You Need a Detox?” for ways you can detox after vaccines.

  58. Leigh Resteiner
    4 years ago

    What about flu shot with chronic lung issue like brichiectasid with pseudomonas? Pulmonologist wants me to get flu shot but I’m not keen on I also I’d it needed to have mammogram after age 70?

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