Could the shingles vaccine steal your eyesight?

You can’t turn on the TV these days without seeing a commercial telling you to run to your doctor’s office and get the shingles vaccine.

Merck’s been making a fortune off the shot for nearly a decade — and that’s even after research proved it works less than 1 percent of the time!

But it looks like this dud of a vaccine comes with another serious risk that the mainstream may have been keeping us in the dark about for years.

And researchers are warning that while the shingles shot may not give you an ounce of protection against the disease, it could end up taking away something that will change your life forever…

More than meets the eye
Now, as a Ravens fan, I’ve never been all that fond of former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. And now I’ve got one more reason not to like him. You see, Bradshaw is filling his pockets as the new pitchman for the shingles vaccine.

If you’ve seen his ad, you know he’s pretty convincing. He’ll tell you that one in three people will develop shingles — and it’s more painful than getting sacked by a linebacker.

But the only thing the mainstream should be sacking is the shingles shot itself. Because it’s no “Steel Curtain” defense against the blistering and painful rash — and it may be a lot more dangerous than we’ve ever been told.

Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have now found nearly two dozen people who developed a serious eye condition called keratitis after getting the shingles vaccine.

If you’ve never heard of keratitis — or known anyone with it — consider yourself lucky. It causes inflammation and scarring of your eye tissue. And if you don’t get it treated fast, it can lead to permanent vision loss.

The researchers say they don’t know why the shingles shot may cause keratitis. But we do know that keratitis has been linked to autoimmune disorders — and that shots like the shingles vaccine can send your immune system haywire.

Now, of course, any time we get bad news about a vaccine, the mainstream starts circling their wagons. And they’ll tell you you’re better off taking your chances with the vaccine than risking a bout with shingles.

The truth is, the shingles shot works about as well as a paper umbrella — and studies have been proving it for years.

UCLA researchers found that only one in 175 people who get the vaccine will be able to dodge a shingles flare-up. And if you’re over 70, you’d be lucky to get those odds.
That’s right. These folks are asking you to risk eye damage — and maybe your ability to drive or recognize the faces of your loved ones — for a shot that fails more than 99 percent of the time!

I guess they didn’t put that little tidbit on Terry Bradshaw’s cue cards.

The fact is, if you have had chicken pox (and lots of us have), you’re carrying the varicella zoster virus that causes shingles. But you don’t need some risky and useless vaccine to beat the disease.

The virus causes shingles by attacking your vulnerable nerves. But as Dr. Allan Spreen has pointed out, a daily dose of 500 mcg of B-12 protects your nervous system and significantly reduces your risk. Plus that, a shot of B-12 has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a shingles outbreak.

Maybe even Terry Bradshaw would be impressed by a defense as effective as B-12 — one that offers you real protection against shingles without asking you to risk your eyes in the bargain.

Sources:
“Shingles vaccine may pose eye risk in some people” Charlotte Libov, January 21, 2016, NewsMax, newsmax.com