Flu shot can give you more severe flu

For years, the government has denied it. Drug makers have denied it. Even your own doctor has denied it (unless your doctor happens to be me).

But there's no denying it any longer, because new research of the swine flu proves that the flu shot can in fact give you the flu.

Yes, you've heard it before. You've had friends and family members tell you how sick they got during flu season even though they got vaccinated.

Maybe it's even happened to you.

Doctors say it's a fluke... a coincidence... and probably not even the flu anyway.

But the new study shows it's not just a fluke. In fact, the study shows you're lucky to be alive -- because when you get a flu shot, you don't just have a higher risk of any old flu.

No, the seasonal flu shot can actually increase your risk of getting sick with more powerful strains of the flu -- so sick that you could develop complications such as pneumonia or even permanent lung damage.

In the new study, pigs were given a seasonal flu shot -- in theory, protecting them from H1N2 flu -- and then exposed to the H1N1 virus.

That's the infamous "swine flu" virus that made big headlines a couple of years back.

The pigs that were vaccinated were more likely to get sick and more likely to suffer those complications I just mentioned -- and blood tests showed why: The antibodies created by the flu shot weren't just useless against the more powerful flu strain.

They actually helped the virus to multiply.

The researchers call it "fusion enhancing," and while they don't fully understand how it works, we do know that the effect isn't limited to pigs.

We have plenty of research on humans to show it's the same in us, if not worse.

In fact, multiple studies from the height of the swine flu pandemic found that people vaccinated against seasonal flu had roughly double the risk of swine flu than those who didn't get vaccinated at all.

I can't help but wonder how many people got sick of swine flu -- and how many died -- not because of the flu itself... but because they followed government advice and got vaccinated.

And for what?

For nothing, and that's not just my opinion -- that's science, because multiple studies have all confirmed that the actual protection offered by the flu shot in any given year is minimal.

And in seniors, the protection is even worse than minimal -- it's pretty much zero. Government data on last year's shot shows the absolute protection in seniors was just one hundredth of one percent. You can read more about that right here.

But that doesn't mean you have to take your chances with the virus, because you already have access to something more powerful than the flu shot: your own immune system.

I'm exposed to flu -- not to mention colds, and all kinds of other nasty viruses -- all year long, and I rarely get sick.

The reason?

I've turned my immune system into a fortress, and you can do that same to yours.

I had all the secrets to beating the flu in the December 2012 edition of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations -- and if you subscribe today, you can read that and all my other back issues in my online archives.