The Flu Vaccine

Orange with syringes

No one wants to get the flu.  It can be a miserable experience for some, and potentially life-threatening for the immune-compromised.  One of the best things you can do is bolster your immune system by eating well and following our Virus Defense Plan.  Of course, the flu shot is a popular option for many, but the decision to get a flu shot is not the slam dunk that drug companies have made it out to be.

The truth is, flu vaccines can actually weaken your immune system (usually temporarily) and typically protect against fewer than 50% of each year’s predominant strains of the virus.  This means the shot is often ineffective, and there are many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine.  Additionally, the typical flu shot dispensed by your corner pharmacy or local clinic is drawn from a multi-dose vial and contains 25 mcg of mercury (as thimerosal) in a .5 ml dose.  Technically, that amount of mercury falls within the safe limits of exposure set forth by the EPA for most individuals, but the effects of injecting this toxin directly into your tissues are largely unknown. 

Unfortunately, the decision to be vaccinated is further complicated for many people who must choose between getting the shot or facing workplace discrimination for the entire winter.  This is because many establishments, under the premise of creating a safer workplace, are adopting stronger policies which require that employees get a flu shot, or be forced into the humiliation of wearing a mask or even losing their job. 

So while I loathe the idea of offering flu shots, I also understand your predicament and I want you to have the safest vaccine possible if you absolutely must get the shot.  Therefore, Whole Health Center Houston will administer mercury-free vaccines in our office for a limited time.  If you are interested, please call our office right away so that we can order enough shots.  We only order in very small batches because without the preservatives they do not keep very long.  If you have friends or co-workers who may be interested, feel free to extend this invite to them as well.  You do not need to be an established patient with Whole Health Center Houston to receive a shot.  Cost will be $50.

Blessings to you all for a flu-free and mercury-free season!

Dr Wells

About the Author

Valeska Wells, D.O.

Dr Wells is medical director at Whole Health Center Houston - of one of the longest standing functional medicine clinics in Houston, Texas.

Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas, Dr Wells is a Christ-centered, family-oriented physician who has known from an early age that medicine is her calling. She studied medicine at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. During medical school she also completed an intensive fellowship in Osteopathic Manual Therapy and she became certified in Medical Acupuncture. She completed her residency at UTMB Galveston, wherein she also completed Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum through the University of Arizona.  Dr Wells draws on her extensive clinical and educational background to educate her patients on their options and then working closely with them to achieve healing and wellness. 

When she is not caring for patients or writing articles, Dr Wells enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.  She and her family are practically urban farmers and homesteaders with a handful of chickens, a large garden, and ambitions of adding a couple of goats to the family soon!  

About the Author

Valeska Wells, D.O.

Dr Wells is medical director at Whole Health Center Houston - of one of the longest standing functional medicine clinics in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas, Dr Wells is a Christ-centered, family-oriented physician who has known from an early age that medicine is her calling. She studied medicine at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. During medical school she also completed an intensive fellowship in Osteopathic Manual Therapy and she became certified in Medical Acupuncture. She completed her residency at UTMB Galveston, wherein she also completed Andrew Weil’s Integrative Medicine in Residency curriculum through the University of Arizona.  Dr Wells draws on her extensive clinical and educational background to educate her patients on their options and then working closely with them to achieve healing and wellness.  When she is not caring for patients or writing articles, Dr Wells enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.  She and her family are practically urban farmers and homesteaders with a handful of chickens, a large garden, and ambitions of adding a couple of goats to the family soon!  

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