Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Flu Shot: Studies and Research

The flu season is upon us and many Eco-conscious parents ask the question of whether a flu shot is really something necessary for themselves and their children. Many will look for vaccines without thimerosal, hoping to do less damage to our bodies that are already in toxic overload. What about actually looking at recent studies on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine?

One such study published in October 2008 issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, found that during the two recent flu seasons, vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits. The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.

Last year, researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health published this conclusion in the Lancet Infectious Diseases: “We conclude that frailty selection bias and use of non-specific endpoints such as all-cause mortality have led cohort studies to greatly exaggerate vaccine benefits.”

A recently published study in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was not associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. Vaccination coverage among the elderly increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent now, yet there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza or pneumonia.

A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months. Don't take my word for it, you can find these yourself.

On a personal note, my own experience shows that you can successfully avoid the flu without being vaccinated, even though I do not have a super strong immune system (it was ruined by heavy antibiotics use in childhood). Yet I meet person after person who got the shot and came down with the flu (it is common knowledge that the shot guarantees you nothing, nothing but profits for the manufacturers). Is there something wrong with that? Why are we persistently being told by the CDC how important this shot is, yet both in research and personal stories the contrary is true? Just FYI, people do not die from the flu - they die from flu complications when nothing is done to strengthen the immune system and instead the victim is bombarded with myriads of toxic substances that eventually inhibit the immune system completely. The CDC uses misleading statistics in their commercials and advertising that clump together flu deaths with pneumonia and other flu complications - none of which a vaccine can protect against!

Chew on this forum post by a flu shot victim: "I served 10 years in the USAF. The first 5 was on deployment status meaning I could be sent anywhere at anytime. Being on deployment status I was required to receive and keep up to date ALL vaccinations. This is an USAF regulation and as a service member you can't decline. Interestingly enough every year for 5 years when I received the required flu vaccine I would, within 24 hours, become very ill with flu-like symptoms and high fever. The last 5 years I was not on deployment status and declined the flu shot. I never got the flu. Now this is not clinical, only anecdotal, but since separating from the USAF I have refused all flu shots and NEVER had the flu."

Come back to read my next post, I will discuss research and tips on real causes of the flu and how the flu (and common colds) can be prevented, there is hope for those who prefer natural treatments and no injected toxic ingredients!


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