Faith-based organizations are being urged by government health agencies to sponsor flu clinics with Walgreens. This became apparent when the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships held an invitation-only call that was sponsored by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The end of the invitation read: “This call is off the record and is not for press purposes,” but it became public when it showed up on the HHS website. A Mercola.com staff member also got in on the call.
Dr. Joseph Mercola says their main goal was to probably “set up shop” inside places of worship, like churches, synagogues, and mosques, and allow your pastor, rabbi, or imam to convince you to get the flu vaccine. According to the health officials, people’s decision are really heavily influenced in non-traditional settings, like worship services.
Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership, addressed church leaders and said:
“As trusted messengers, you’re able to spread messages and help get people vaccinated.” (link)
But Dr. Mercola says that the idea of getting a shot in the middle of a worship service, while your pastoral leader urges you on, seems really out of line.
Why Are They Targeting Places of Worship?
Zeroing in on minorities (particularly older adults, blacks and Latinos), health officials said churches, mosques and schools are places where barriers to vaccinations can be taken down, and these minorities can be convinced to get vaccinated.
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was developed in 2001 as a collaboration of community-based volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based groups. It was established to help community leaders improve the 1998 Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health.
For 10 years, the members worked at a grassroots level in their respective neighborhoods. They were funded by Congress through various health care grants. Originally, they catered to complementary and alternative health care options. However, this type of care, which should include health measures other than vaccines, was not even mentioned in the phone conference.
In 2010, the initiative took a turn with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The initiative’s management was moved to the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This allowed the federal government to fund and initiate projects, like flu clinics, right in churches.
For some reason, health officials have allowed the government to infiltrate places of worship to sell and administer vaccines, even though flu shots were already covered by most insurance plans.
Aside from hosting flu shot clinics, churches are also encouraged to tack reminders in their bulletins to remind churchgoers to get their flu shot. They even encourage the churches to pay for people’s insurance co-pays, so that they will be inclined to get the shots.
For those who really can’t pay anything, 300,000 free flu shots will be given out as part of the flu vaccine crusade.
“I can only wonder which vaccine they’ll move into your church next, all in the name of ‘community health,’” Dr. Mercola says.
Flu Shots Are Not Even Effective!
Dr. Joseph Mercola has already written about the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines several times. Even the Centers for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) admitted that it’s time to revise public messages regarding the flu vaccine (link).
A study published in The Lancet revealed that flu shots provide only “moderate protection” against the flu. It is only about 59 percent effective. In some seasons, the protection is “reduced” or even “absent.”
“Any way you look at it, the secret’s out: flu vaccine statistics just don’t add up to warrant pushing them in your church – or anywhere for that matter,” says Dr. Mercola.
How to Naturally Protect Yourself from the Flu Virus
The state of your immune system determines whether or not the flu virus and other bacterial or viral organisms will affect you. Dr. Mercola says that the key to improving your immune system’s health lies in your lifestyle habits, such as eating healthy foods, avoiding stress, exercising, getting enough sleep, and optimizing your vitamin D levels.
To help maintain your optimal health, Dr. Mercola also recommends using natural supplements and herbs like:
- Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. Use a natural form like acerola.
- Oregano oil. It contains carvacrol, an active antimicrobial agent. The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective this oil is.
- Propolis, a bee resin. It is one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world. Propolis also contains the compounds caffeic acid and apigenin, which aid in immune response.
- A hot tea made from yarrow, elderflower, boneset, peppermint, linden, and ginger. This will make you sweat, removing the virus from your system.
- Olive leaf extract, which works as a natural and non-toxic immune system builder.
Dr. Mercola also urges you to visit the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website to get more information about the flu vaccine, its ingredients, side effects, and ways to protect your informed consent to any medical intervention, such as getting vaccinated.
“Now that the government is moving into the most sacred area of your life – your place of worship – you need to be informed more than ever about vaccines and your rights when it comes to vaccine choice,” Dr. Mercola adds.