Flu vaccines are overrated
December 22, 2010
In my recent studies I have been enlightened by some interesting information about the flu vaccines.
A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children age 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in that group.
A JAMA study showed the incidence of clinical influenza in the vaccinated group was 2 percent but in the un-vaccinated group it was only 3 percent. This means that out of 100 people, one person was attributed with avoiding the flu because of the vaccine.
Officials select three stains of flu virus for the vaccine that they think are most likely to be circulating during the next winter season (they failed to pick the swine flu last year).
According to the CDC, common substances found in flu vaccines include: antibiotics, MSG, formaldehyde, mercury-containing thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (PS 80 can cause severe anaphylactic reactions).
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There are one to two cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome per 1 million vaccinated persons. Taking a flu shot is essentially the same as buying a lottery ticket for acquiring GBS, an inflammatory demyelinating condition of the nervous system.
The 70-plus age group accounts for three-fourths of all flu deaths (mostly from bacterial pneumonia).
In the largest case-control study of flu vaccine in the elderly, the Group Health study found the “flu vaccine doesn’t protect seniors as much as has been thought,” as it does not protect from pneumonia.
Thankfully, there are alternatives to improving your immune system other than the flu vaccine.
Dr. Tom Lankering