Friday, 30 September 2016

It was Influenza A

My garden is blooming in forget me knots. 

We have had notification from the hospital that the test results have come back and James had Influenza A.

Recently I completed some research for a naturopathy assignment about having the flu Jab. I've copied and pasted it in here as thought you may be interested in reading it.

Annual flu vaccination.

The immune system is divided into two parts:

Innate Immunity which is the first line of defence. It protects you from many different disease causing agents. It detects the presence of an invading organism and either eliminates it or prevents it from reproducing. Vaccines have absolutely no effect on the innate immunity of the immune system. This is because it does not seek out a particular pathogen or toxin, instead the innate immunity’s role is to protect the body from many different disease causing agents. With a strong immune system, you are less likely to come down with the flu.

Acquired Immunity (also known as adaptive immunity) recognises the return of a previous disease, pathogen or toxin and adapts itself to their presence, so that you become immune to that specific disease. It will not help you fight off another disease. For example measles immunity will not help you against chicken pox virus.
Flu vaccines were produced so that a weakened form of a pathogen (killed vaccine) cannot take over the body’s immune system. But the lymphatic system recognizes it and makes the antibodies to destroy it, and then makes the memory B cells to remember the infective agent in case the organism attacks again. Over 200 viruses cause influenza. Vaccines may only be effective against influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses (Cochrane,2014).Therefore you have a 90% chance of getting the flu even with the vaccine. The Cochrane database did a comprehensive meta-analysis on the flu vaccine and found that “Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.” (Cochrane, 2014). The virus strains contained in the vaccine are usually those that are expected to circulate in the following epidemic seasons (two type A and one B strains). The 2016 New Zealand flu vaccine contains A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (Immunisation Advisory Centre, 2014). Which is a bit of a hit and miss approach as it is pretty hard to predict the strain that will be in each person’s community each season.

Taking into account that the flu vaccine may only give 10% immunity to the flu I would recommend that each person works towards building their innate immunity to ward off flu’s and colds.

Cochrane (2014) Vaccines to prevent influenza in healthy adults. Available from Accessed 20/6/16

Immunisation Advisory Centre (2014) Influenza info for Health Professionals. Available from Accessed 20/6/16

Farm Stay Guests.

Bruno Pi and Portia have the full use of all of the cattery and seem to be thoroughly enjoying their holiday. Hope their family are catching lots of fish on their's.

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