New Studies Confirm The Flu Shot Still Doesn't Work
Posted Dec 23 2008 9:44pm
The flu shot has never worked. A Cochrane Group review of all flu shot studies showed that the shot won't prevent you from getting the flu, but if you do get it, you'll be sick four hours less than if you didn't get the flu shot. It appears that the annual marketing push is just a shot in the arm for Big Pharma and your doctor, who might be innocently peddling what amounts to nothing more than snake oil.
This year, the CDC even has some scary, heart-wrenching videos of parents crying about their children dying from the flu. Estimates are that 1,000 people do die of the flu per year, excluding pneumonia complications. Dr. Robert Sears wrote in The Vaccine Book that of those 1,000 people, only 100 children (including infants and young adults) die from the flu each year (p.123). However, a scary video does not mean that the flu shot actually works or that it could have prevented these awful deaths.
More evidence that the flu shot doesn't work continues to pour in, even in sub-groups thought to be most susceptible to complications from the flu: elderly, asthmatics, and even children. Here is what Dr. Mercola has to say about the new evidence that flu shot policy does not match its efficacy:
Another influenza season is beginning, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will strongly urge Americans to get a flu shot. In fact, the CDC mounts a well-orchestrated campaign each season to generate interest and demand for flu shots.
But a recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons.
At first glance, the data did suggest that children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years derived some protection from vaccination in these years. But after adjusting for potentially relevant variables, the researchers concluded that " significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.
Additionally, a Group Health study found that flu shots do not protect elderly people against developing pneumonia -- the primary cause of death resulting as a complication of the flu. Others have questioned whether there is any mortality benefit with influenza vaccination. Vaccination coverage among the elderly increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now, but there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza or pneumonia.
The New York Times even ran a story about the ineffectiveness of flu vaccine in the elderly. The story cites that flu shot study conclusions were based on correlation, not causation -- the type of statistical mistake the CDC usually accuses laymen of making. Elderly who get the flu shot were simply more likely to be doing healthy things recommended by their doctors.
A growing number of immunologists and epidemiologists say the vaccine probably does not work very well for people over 70, the group that accounts for three-fourths of all flu deaths.
The latest blow was a study in The Lancet last month that called into question much of the statistical evidence for the vaccine’s effectiveness.
The authors said previous studies had measured the wrong thing: not any actual protection against the flu virus but a fundamental difference between the kinds of people who get vaccines and those who do not.
Preventing flu by ensuring adequate Vitamin D blood levels is much better than the flu shot. If you or your child didn't get enough sun this summer, supplementing with Vitamin D3 is wise. The recommendation is 1,000IU for children under two years old and at least 2,000IU for adults. Checking blood levels in spring and fall is a good idea. The Vitamin D Council website is an excellent source for information on what The New York Times called, " The Nutrient of the Decade."
Another tip is to cut back on the sugar. It suppresses the immune system for five hours after eating it - this is the reason Dr. Robert Sears says the week after Halloween is the busiest time in his pediatric practice.
If you still see the flu shot as an insurance policy, consider that it is also toxic. 90% of flu shots contain one of the most potent neurotoxins - mercury. You need to be 550 pounds to handle the bolus dose of 25mcg of mercury delivered with each flu shot. And, finally, consider saving the formaldehyde for the embalmers, instead of having it injected into your or your child's bloodstream. Finally, the natural health community understands that the immune system is actually weakened each time you get a vaccine, so your susceptibility to a host of other illnesses - viral to autoimmune to cancer -- is increased slightly with each vaccine.
If you are overcome by flu shot marketing, ask about FluMist - at least that vaccine is delivered nasally which is most similar to how you'd catch the flu.