Michael Savage: Don’t Trust Feds On Flu Shot


michael-savageAsking listeners to put aside his political orientation for a moment, talk-radio host Michael Savage questioned the federal government’s recommendation that citizens get a flu shot.

“Which of the mandarins took the flu shot?””Did Harry Reid take a flu shot? Did Barack Obama take a flu shot? Did Barack Obama’s lovely family take a flu shot? Did Joe Biden take a flu shot?” Savage asked.

He explained that he was talking specifically about vaccines and was not advocating the avoidance of all pharmaceuticals.

Known for his many books on herbal medicines, Savage acknowledged he has benefited from “an awful lot of life-saving regular medicines.”

“The Flu vaccine?” he asked. “No, I wouldn’t take it.”

Savage noted “not everything your government tells you is true.”

“So it’s good to have a cynic in radio who questions authority,” he said.

Savage argued that Centers for Disease Control authorities have to guess what the vaccine should be made of.

“So they choose five strains out of 250-plus strains of Influenza A, and if they don’t choose the right one, you’re going to get sick,” he said.

“So you’re putting your faith in the CDC’s ability to guess the one that might be a pandemic.”

He said that this year, the CDC guessed right on two of the strains and wrong on one of them.

He acknowledged that many people calculate that the risk of a side effect is one in 1 million against the one-in-10,000 risk of being hospitalized or dying.

“But I believe the risks outweigh any benefit,” Savage said.

The vaccine, he pointed out, contains formaldehyde and thimerosal – an organic compound containing mercury, which impairs the neurological and immune systems – along with detergents, antibiotics and allergens that cause infertility.

The CDC itself, he noted, lists some of these ingredients on its own website as harmful, though it insists the amounts in vaccines is negligible.

Someone may well say, Savage acknowledged,” Well, I took the shot and it didn’t kill me.”

But when you’re older, he argued, “and you get ALS or Alzheimer’s disease or MS, or you watch your kid develop seizures, or your kid becomes autistic, God forbid, what are you going to say?”

The relationship between the vaccine and any one person acquiring these diseases can’t be known for certain, he said, “But why increase the chances of inducing such illnesses in yourself and your children?”

He argued that when it comes to flu vaccines, his political leanings are not relevant.

Recalling a phrase he said he coined 30 years ago, the “language, borders, culture” talk host said, “Germs don’t discriminate.”

“They don’t know if you’re a good guy or bad guy,” he said. “They don’t care if you’re a conservative or a liberal.”

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  1. Why have Barak Obama, Joe Biden and all these others telling everyone what to do, not taken the flu shot??? Is it good for everyone and not them?

    Or do they feel it’s for everyone to “listen” to them…. and the flu shot is just a means.

  2. Ignore Savage. Here’s an earlier medical comment from him:

    “On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is “[a] fraud, a racket. … I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a…. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.’ ”


  3. The man is %100 right! Its these unregulated multi billion dollar pharmicutical companies that are hoodwinking the American people! Of course the Nany Bl$$mberg won’t take the shot.

  4. Putting this on is a disservice and poor advice
    With over 20,000 cases reported this year in NYS alone
    Get your shot before you endanger your children or others

  5. Thanks, Shimmy. His “credentials” could be enough to have people listen. I can’t say everyone in my family gets flu shots but certain members do. Considering how cheap it is, and often free, it’s ridiculous to avoid it.

    Well, at least he’s not suggesting violence, like the Taliban and the polio vaccine.

  6. FYI, plenty of people who took the shot got the flu anyway-it takes 2 weeks to kick in so if you were exposed before or during that time it won’t help and the CDC says it’s only 60% effective-and that’s probably optimistic.
    Get enough sleep, wash your hands, exercise, stay home if you get sick and drink chicken soup. Not only that, but you’ll be immune for life! The media loves hysteria.

  7. There are to many uninformed people telling other uninformed people not to take shots because they heard
    What they heard was non sense we wiped out polio but its back measles and mumps are back

  8. He writes books on herbal medicine? And he’s against vaccines and mainstream medicine? Could there possibly be a connection? You don’t get your flu shot, you get the flu, then you go buy one of his books on herbal medicine. A few more bucks in his bank account. And on the way you accidentally give the flu to your elderly grandmother, who ch’v develops pneumonia and is niftar. I didn’t have much of an opinion of Michael Savage before, not having listened to him, but aftering reading this I do, and it isn’t positive.

  9. Don’t drink the koolaid, people. Flu shots are totally unnecessary. The flu isn’t like having a yeneh machla. People will get it if they get it. Wash your hands well, take a lot of vitamin c, boost your immunity.

  10. Att – “Really?” You go get the shot, but dont come near me after you get the flu from the shot!! You wont call it Flu – its just cold, cough, and fever as “minor side effects…” These symptoms are actually listed in the insert of the shot – read it for yourself. Dont be fooled! The feds arent…

  11. Michael Savage is exactly that – a savage. He does not have any training in real modern day medicine. He should not be giving advice against those who are trained. While the flu shot ‘may’ be overrated – getting vaccines in general is MUST for everyone.

  12. MOther, fyi, he’s a doctor and extremely knowledgable in medicine. If you want to go get the shot go ahead. I won’t. My student went for the shot the other day and became very sick within 24 hours and couldn’t work for a week. My neighbor died from a neurological reaction to it.

  13. Anonymous 16: He’s a PhD and I’m sure has some knowledge of many things. But there’s a lot of middle ground.
    And when it comes to vaccines in general, please folks, make a very informed decision before relying on the herd. Again, middle ground – one may opt to find a doctor who does a staggered schedule, one may opt out of certain shots like chicken pox (though that’s getting harder as it’s less likely for kids to get it on their own these days). And some people will opt out totally, and not just due to allergies. But if you’re one of them, please don’t proselytize. That’s very irresponsible. Let people find some IRL sources, not some anonymous Matzav commenter that they can’t even contact themselves.

  14. When has the government ever told us the truth about ANYTHING!! We don’t have a government. The people who are selected for office are put there to do the bidding major corporations, especially the pharmaceutical industry. Government officials do what ever the pharmaceutical industry tells them to do so they can get lucrative pharmaceutical industry jobs. We are witnessing a revolving door between the CDC higher ups to lucrative pharmaceutical leadership positions, as these people are really just there to make more money for the pharmaceutical industry and not to protect the public. If they find information that proves vaccines cause problems like autism, they don’t try to fix they vaccine, they manipulate the data to remove the subjects that proved their vaccine to be bad.

    Its a big scam. People are given vaccines to make them sick. The pharmaceutical industry then sells the people drugs for autoimmune diseases, cancer, asthma, adhd, seizures and neurologic diseases that were a direct result of the vaccines they were given as a child. Children who don’t get vaccinated don’t have all of these diseases.