While vaccinations have been declared safe by every major health body, the inconvenient truth remains that they are capable of causing immense harm when patients least expect it.
To date, over $3.6 billion dollars has been paid out through VAERS, the vaccine injury reporting system run by the U.S. government, and many injuries are suffered by children or infants with developing bodies.
This time around, the victim was one of the country’s most famous strongmen, actor Lou Ferrigno, who took to Twitter to share a warning with anyone who plans on getting one of the most popular vaccines for elderly people to take.
“Went In for a Pneumonia Shot and Ended Up With Fluid in My Bicep”
Ferrigno, a 67-year-old bodybuilder and actor best known for his role in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ TV series that ran from 1977 to 1982, made a post last month that caught many of his Twitter fans by surprise.
After going in for a pneumococcal pneumonia shot commonly given to people ages 65 and up, and landed in a hospital bed afterward. He detailed his ordeal in a Twitter post below.
Two days later, he was out on the town with fellow strongman and actor Dolph Lundgren, who played the imposing Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in the ‘Rocky’ movie series.
While Ferrigno’s tips for safety in receiving the vaccine are welcome, it’s also important to be aware of the risks of getting the vaccine the first place, especially for the millions of elderly people who aren’t nearly as physically fit and strong as Ferrigno.
Risks of Pneumococcal Vaccines
According to the CDC’s website, two different pneumococcal vaccines are a “need” for adults 65 and older, and most side effects are “mild,” with the site mentioning arm swelling and soreness as the ones to know about.
It’s also being touted as a shot that saves hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives per year.
But there is also conflicting research on the alleged effectiveness of these vaccines available.
An April 2018 study out of Spain on the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) for example found that the vaccine not only didn’t reduce the risk of pneumonia, it actually increased the risk among those vaccinated, according to a report from Health Impact News. It analyzed the results of over two million people over the age of 50 living in Catalonia, Spain.
In this study, the large differences in outcomes between PCV13 vaccinated and unvaccinated suggest that vaccinated persons were sicker.
The study also found that the mortality rate was 60% higher in the vaccinated population (5,944 per 100,000) than in the unvaccinated population (2,354 per 100,000).
In addition, a study out of Australia found that those who are vaccinated have the same risk of death as those who weren’t, and other studies have shown that risks of chest infections and empyema have been on the rise as a result of the vaccines.
With this information in mind, as well as the results of his most recent shot, perhaps Mr. Ferrigno should have advised his 65,000+ Twitter followers to consult with a naturopathic doctor and practice another even more important habit before getting vaccinated first: reading the package insert and doing your own research on side effects and natural prevention methods first.
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